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Saint Louis University’s undergraduate major in finance offers you professional finance knowledge and will develop the strong analytical, problem-solving, decision-making and spreadsheet skills you need to succeed in today's business environment.


Major in Finance

If you choose to major in finance at SLU, you’ll examine the way businesses raise and invest capital and the way individuals allocate savings. You will also learn about investment alternatives and how markets work to equate the demand for capital by firms and the supply of capital by investors.

The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business offers undergraduate students the chance to study to be a certified financial analyst (CFA). This track consists of a set of six finance and two accounting courses.

The Department of Finance is a CFA University Affiliated Program. This initiative is a relationship between the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute and select colleges and universities around the world — including only 86 U.S. schools — that have embedded a significant percentage (70 percent) of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their degree programs. In addition, these institutions have committed to covering CFA Institute ethical and professional standards in these degree programs. Recognition as a CFA University Affiliate provides a signal to potential students, current students and the marketplace that the university curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA exams.

You will also choose from electives including insurance, real estate, commercial real estate, applied portfolio management and financial planning.

The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business also offers resources for students outside the classroom, including a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honors finance, accounting and information technology professional fraternity.

Highlighted Courses

Finance students take the following required courses:

  • FIN 3330: Fixed Income Securities and Markets
  • FIN 3630: Equity Securities and Markets
  • FIN 4230: Financial Management
  • FIN 4650: Derivative Securities and Markets

Students then select two of the following courses:

  • FIN 3140: Insurance
  • FIN 3160: Real Estate
  • FIN 4250 International Financial Management
  • FIN 4440: Financial Planning
  • FIN 4630: Applied Portfolio Management

Students also have the option to complete the financial analysis track, which requires the following:

  • FIN 3330: Fixed Income and Securities
  • FIN 3630: Equity Securities and Markets
  • FIN 4230: Financial Management
  • FIN 4630: Applied Portfolio Management
  • FIN 4650: Derivative Securities and Markets
  • ACCT 3110: Financial Reporting I
  • ACCT 4110: Financial Reporting II

Financial analysis students then select one of the following courses:

  • FIN 3160: Real Estate
  • FIN 4250: International Financial Management
  • FIN 4911: Financial Analysis Internship
Internships and Careers

Saint Louis University’s campus is located near many major financial institutions providing internship and networking opportunities. Our finance students often intern with banks, securities firms and non-financial corporations.

Students who graduate with a degree in finance from Saint Louis University have been extremely successful on the Series 7 exam and on other professional exams that are necessary for certain career paths in finance.

Many graduates go on to work in public finance or as commercial loan officers, corporate finance officers, financial analysts, financial planners, real estate lenders or securities brokers.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Finance

In addition to their chosen major, students may also complete the finance minor. A grade of at least a B- in a FIN 3010 is a prerequisite on all other finance courses:

The required courses include:

  • ECON 1900: Principles of Economics
  • OPM 2070: Introduction to Business Statistics
  • ACCT 2200: Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 2220: Accounting for Decision Making
  • FIN 3010: Principles of Finance
  • FIN 3330: Fixed Income Securities and Markets
  • FIN 3630: Equity Securities and Markets
  • FIN 4230: Financial Management
  • FIN 4650: Derivative Securities and Markets

Real-World Experience

Get Hands-On in the Financial World

Through the management of $1 million in University endowment funds, seniors in SLU’s finance program gain hands-on experience evaluating stocks as investments and in the management of investment assets.