B.S. in Finance


Program Description

Siena's finance program provides students with a robust core of courses as well as highly specialized electives that bridge to professional careers or graduate school. By integrating the use of the Hickey Financial Technology Center into our curriculum, we provide students access to unparalleled hands-on experience with tools and technology used in the financial industry.

Our curriculum is designed to develop your ability to identify financial problems, analyze their impact, and design solutions that will withstand critical examination. As a finance major, you will receive the foundation necessary to become a well-rounded, ethical, and innovative thinker.

The advantages of majoring in finance at Siena:

As a finance major at Siena, you’ll get a strong liberal arts education as well as rigorous accounting and finance coursework and highly specialized electives. Our Hickey Financial Technology Center is a major part of our finance program, providing you with access to and experience with real-world situations you will encounter in your finance career. What can you do with a major in finance?

Siena’s finance majors are well positioned for graduate school and a wide range of careers, including:

  • Corporate Finance (financial analysis and reporting, corporate finance and tax planning, credit management, general accounting and auditing, cash control and risk management, and capital budgeting)
  • Securities (securities and portfolio analysis, securities brokerage, pension fund management, investor relations, portfolio management, and hedge fund management)
  • Banking and Financial Institutions (bank management and control, lending, marketing, credit policy, financial analysis, trusts, customer service)
  • Real Estate and Insurance (corporate and retail risk management, mortgage analysis, underwriting, appraisal, and insurance brokerage)

The Hickey Financial Technology Center

Siena’s Hickey Financial Technology Center (H.F.T.C.) supplements your classroom learning with hands-on activities that give you practical finance and accounting experience. At H.F.T.C., we simulate real and fictitious stocks and bonds, assigning projects that teach you real-world skills necessary for success in the finance industry.

Program Highlights

  • Student-managed fund for which students make all the money management decisions.
  • All classes are taught by faculty members (no TAs here!).
  • Hands-on use of financial tools and technology via the Hickey Financial Technology Center, including Bloomberg terminals.
  • Annual participation in the Federal Reserve Challenge, which helps to refine students’ presentation and analytic skills.
  • Community service-learning projects, which allow students to apply business knowledge for the benefit of a nonprofit organization.
  • Highly specialized senior level courses such as the Student Managed Fund, Business Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Portfolio Management, Debt Securities, which prepare our students for successful careers.
  • Preparation for careers in corporate finance, banking and financial institutions management, insurance, real estate, securities industry (as brokers and analysts), hedge fund/portfolio management, investment banking and financial planning.

Major Requirements (30 credits)

  • FINC215 - Intro to Instit and Investment 3 credits
  • FINC301 - Managerial Finance I 3 credits
  • FINC302 - Managerial Finance II 3 credits
  • FINC315 - Adv Investments: Theory and Practice 3 credits
  • FINC413 - International Finance 3 credits
  • FINC418 - Case Prob in Financial Management 3 credits


Twelve credits of Finance electives (12 credits)

Finance electives will be selected after consultation with an academic advisor to determine the best mix of courses to prepare the student for their career and educational goals.

Auxiliary Courses (3 credits)

  • ACCT300 - Intermediate Accounting I 3 credits


  • ACCT340 - Taxation I 3 credits

Success Stats

  • 98% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school
  • 100% of our students are Bloomberg certified
  • One in four students study abroad
  • 72% of students participate in internships
  • Two out of every three students manage real money at a $200,000 market value (Bjorklund Fund)
  • 29% pursue a graduate degree
  • 28% say a Siena connection led to their first or current job

Employers of our Graduates and Student Internship Sites

  • Amazon.com
  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays Investment Bank
  • BlackRock
  • Citigroup
  • Comcast
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • GE
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Key Bank
  • MassMutual LLC
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NBT Bank
  • Northwest Mutual
  • Prudential Financial
  • PwC
  • State Farm
  • Target
  • The Ayco Company
  • The Nielsen Company
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Xerox

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Accounting Manager
  • Assistant Manager - Fund Accounting
  • Executive Operations Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Leadership Associate
  • Financial Planner
  • Fund Officer
  • Implementation Manager
  • Investment Consultant
  • Lead Senior Accountant
  • Real Estate Analyst
  • Senior Associate
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Strategic Pricing Analyst
  • Tax Specialist
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Wealth Manager
Last updated Jan 2018

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