Bachelor in Finance

General

Program Description

The rising importance of investments and the growing complexity of financial services has led to greater demand for finance professionals. University of Tampa finance majors learn how to manage money in areas such as investments, corporate finance, international financial management, and financial institutions and markets.

The finance degree program offers instruction in all areas of business through courses in accounting, managerial statistics, computer information systems, economics, marketing, and management. This is combined with contemporary studies in managerial finance, investments, financial institutions and international finance.

Finance degree students are prepared for careers in commercial banking, individual and institutional investments, financial services, private industry, and government. UT's Finance sequence is also good preparation for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designations.

Students may participate in the Bailey Student Investment Fund. The fund was initiated with a $100,000 donation of capital that is managed by the students taking the Applied Investment Management course (FIN 415). The program also includes the opportunity to become Bloomberg certified.

In addition to the full-time day program, students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Finance part-time at night through UT's Continuing Studies Program.

A Minor in Finance can complement any course of study at UT. Financial management is critical to success, and not only in the corporate environment. Scientists, engineers, civic leaders, non-profit managers, teachers, and many others need financial management understanding and skills to make the most of their resources.

What Will You Learn?

UT finance majors learn how to analyze and manage financial resources and investments. The program offers instruction in all areas of business through courses in accounting, managerial statistics, management information systems, economics, marketing, and management. This is combined with contemporary studies in managerial finance, investments, financial institutions, international finance, entrepreneurial finance and more.

Topics of study include:

  • Application of accounting principles and techniques to financial analysis
  • Purpose of financial markets and their role in the managerial finance function
  • Valuation of firms and securities
  • How to formulate appropriate portfolio strategies for individual and institutional investors
  • Ethical decision-making in finance
  • Factors that affect a company’s cost of capital
  • How to evaluate the working capital policy of an organization

International business and finance majors enjoy the benefit of in-depth study in finance coupled with an interdisciplinary global perspective, including language proficiency, cultural awareness, and education abroad experience.

A minor in finance can complement any course of study. Scientists, civic leaders, nonprofit managers, teachers, and many others need financial management skills to make the most of their resources.

Internationally Recognized Program

The Sykes College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an honor held by only six percent of business schools worldwide. It is rated a top-85 graduate business school in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek, and since 2007 has been named among the best business schools in the world by The Princeton Review.

Practical Experience

Applied projects bring the real world into the classroom by encouraging student interactions in the management of investment portfolios and corporate financial decisions.

The Bailey Student Investment Fund is one example of experiential education opportunities in the finance curriculum. The fund is managed by a class of undergraduate students who analyze specific securities and make all investment decisions. The fund began with $100,000 about 10 years ago and was recently valued at $180,000.

Internships and other hands-on projects take advantage of Tampa’s status as a regional center for business and finance, granting students access to financial institutions such as Citi, PwC, T. Rowe Price and Raymond James Financial Services that have significant local operations.

Students also interact with the business community through in-class consulting projects, professional guest speakers, field trips and international programs.

Training with Technology

Finance students not only have direct access to knowledgeable professors with practical expertise, but they also learn to use the most current technology — including SAP’s compustat database, Oracle’s Crystal Ball simulation software, and Bloomberg’s Professional data terminal. UT’s high-tech trading room offers students hands-on experience in investment management. Training with technology gives students a competitive edge over other job applicants in the industry.

What Can You Do With This Major?

The financial industry offers challenging, diverse and lucrative career opportunities for self-motivated, diligent candidates.

Change is constant in the field of finance, requiring continued education in technology, government regulations and the globalization of the marketplace.

The rising importance of financial management and the growing complexity of investments and financial services have led to greater demand for corporate finance professionals. Finance students are prepared for careers in such areas as commercial banking, brokerage, individual and institutional investments, insurance, financial analysis and planning, portfolio management and more.

Sample job titles include:

  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Adviser
  • Commercial Banker
  • Retail Banker
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Services Associate

Many finance graduates continue their education through UT’s graduate programs, earning the M.S. in Finance or the MBA (which offers a concentration in finance) in order to develop greater expertise in areas such as corporate finance, investment portfolio management, financial markets, and international finance. Others enroll in universities across the country including the University of Florida, Georgetown University, Colorado School of Mines, Southern New Hampshire University and Brooklyn College.

UT’s finance degree is good preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. The CFA designation is the most respected investment credential in the world, recognized by employers as the definitive standard by which to measure the competence, integrity, and dedication of investment professionals. Some graduates successfully pursue the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification, the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning.

Admissions

Local Freshman Admissions

  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
  • Essay
  • Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed

Undergraduate International Admissions

With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)

Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
  • Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
    • TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
    • Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
  • Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
  • Essay (first-year students only)
  • Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
  • International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.

International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.

Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.

The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.

Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.

Admission deadlines

The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:

  • November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
  • January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
  • March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
  • March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Average cost for full-time undergraduate students

Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $13,603
Student Government Fee (required): $96
Student Service Fee (required): $480
Student Health Fee (required): $425
Room (double room): $2,853
Board (average 15-meal/week plan): $2,552

Total:

$19,584
Last updated July 2019

About the School

The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business is a leading private institution focused on the development of tomorrow’s global leaders. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our AACSB acc ... Read More

The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business is a leading private institution focused on the development of tomorrow’s global leaders. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our AACSB accreditation — a recognition that places us among the top 5 percent of graduate business schools worldwide. Read less

Accreditations

AACSB Accredited