The undergraduate and graduate Finance Programs at Saint Joseph’s University explore the current financial practices of both businesses and individuals in depth, preparing students for positions in banking institutions, large and small business enterprises, insurance companies, and investment firms.
Finance is a broad discipline, covering topics that affect individuals, organizations, and society. Careers in finance require strong mathematical, computer, and communications skills. Finance students learn how individuals, businesses, and governments raise money, select investments, and manage resources. Finance students also gain an understanding of global financial markets.
The undergraduate and graduate finance programs at Saint Joseph’s University are flexible, allowing students to develop a curriculum tailored to their specific interests.
Most students in the Finance Major/Minor (undergraduate) and in the Financial Services M.S. program (graduate) take courses from across the finance curriculum, learning how fundamental financial decision-making tools are used in a variety of applications. This option provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of financial management, preparing them for job opportunities in a wide range of enterprises.
Alternatively, students in the Finance Major/Minor (undergraduate) and in the Financial Services M.S. program (graduate) can specialize in the investments area. Our investment courses expose students to the theory, concepts, and practices of security analysis and portfolio construction. Courses cover equity and bond valuation, portfolio theory, equilibrium models, technical analysis, market efficiency, asset allocation, mutual fund performance evaluation, and behavioral finance. Career opportunities in the investment field include portfolio manager, research analyst, investment/financial advisor, compliance officer, or investor relations specialist.
Personal Financial Planning
The Personal Financial Planning Program (Financial Services M.S., online only) prepares students to work in financial services, analyzing, facilitating, and managing financial transactions. Graduates may advance their careers at banks, insurance companies, brokerage companies, and financial planning firms. The curriculum can also prepare students to become CFP®-certified*, and use what they learn to counsel clients in setting and achieving financial goals.
Risk Management and Insurance
The Risk Management and Insurance Major/Minor (undergraduate) develops students’ analytical and problem solving skills in preparation for careers in the insurance industry or in the rapidly expanding field of risk management. Students gain a thorough understanding of how insurance companies make pricing, underwriting, investing, and financing decisions. The applied Actuarial Track within this major prepares students to pursue a career as an actuary, while also gaining a broad-based business education. Students will also learn how to measure and manage the risks facing financial institutions, corporations, and individuals. Students specializing in Risk Management and Insurance are prepared for careers at insurance companies, banks, large and small business enterprises, securities firms, and pension funds. Select courses in Insurance and Risk Management are offered at the graduate level.
Real Estate Finance
The Real Estate Finance Minor (undergraduate) allows students with an interest in real estate to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of finance in that industry. Core classes cover topics such as commercial real estate valuation, residential loans and investments, and commercial real estate development. Select courses in Real Estate Finance are offered at the graduate level.