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Start Your Business Career as Soon as Your Freshman Year

Prepare for a Career in Business, Finance and Leadership

Pitch your business ideas to real-world investors, manage a portion of Saint Louis University's endowment or immerse yourself in the world of international business — all as part of your undergraduate degree. 

Saint Louis University has a dedicated college for business — the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, named for the SLU alumnus and billionaire businessman who founded ComPsych Corporation — but you'll also find paths to leadership and management-related careers across SLU's academic offerings. 

Graduate Ready for Your Career in Business, Finance or Leadership

More than half of SLU students complete an internship before they graduate, and with eight Fortune 500 companies nearby — not to mention rankings from Forbes as one of the top cities for start-ups and Lending Tree as one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs — St. Louis is a great place to find one.

When you actually go in to interview for a job you can not just say 'Oh I know the theory behind it,' you can say 'Yeah, I saw the theory in practice.'"

— Sean McGowan, Finance Major

And if you are economically minded, you'll appreciate these stats:

  • 89% of recent alums from the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business report being satisfactorily occupied after graduation.
  •  U.S. News & World Report's 2022 rankings highlight SLU as a top university for international business (No. 16), undergraduate business programs (No. 17) and finance (No. 38).

Where Do SLU's Business, Finance and Leadership Alumni Work?

According to data from Equifax Consumer reporting agency company, top employers for graduates of SLU business programs include:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Boeing
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Edward Jones
  • Deloitte
  • World Wide Technology
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • Express Scripts
  • Centene Corporation
Business, Finance and Leadership Careers by the Numbers

Business Insider names the city of St. Louis top in the nation for 20-somethings to afford to live and work


New jobs expected in the business and finance industry by 2030*


Top-executive jobs in the U.S.*


Average salary for alumni from SLU business, finance and leadership bachelor's programs five years after graduation**

Highlighted Business, Finance and Leadership Majors

Experience Hands-on Learning

Why wait to start your own company? To grab that internship spot? To network and make connections? With nearly 135,000 alumni living around the globe, being a Billiken means business.

Edward Jones Data Analytics Lab

Saint Louis University's Edward Jones Data Analytics Lab features 12 Bloomberg terminals, a key component in the FIN 4630 Applied Portfolio Management course, where students get real-world experience evaluating common stocks as investments and managing investment assets.

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Behavioral Lab

Participate firsthand in market research in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Behavioral Lab and learn about the ways researchers can ask questions and collect data from focal populations. Students can even earn credit for sharing their thoughts about ads or their own consumer behavior.

Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship

Home to opportunities throughout the year to network with business owners and win cash prizes for innovative ideas, the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship offers competitions including the Pure Idea Generator Competition, the Real Elevator Pitch Competition, and the Pitch-and-Catch Investor Pitch Deck Competition. It also offers students peer mentoring and other resources to help develop a successful business while still in school.

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* According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
** According to data from Equifax Consumer reporting agency company