Bachelor of Science in Finance

When you major in finance, you'll be prepared to succeed in a variety of professional positions in financial management, financial institutions and investments.

During your first three years of undergraduate study, you'll fulfill general education, business core and finance core course requirements. As you select a career path in your senior year, you'll take elective courses in investments, banking and/or corporate finance.

Depending on the career path you select, upper-division course work also prepares you to sit for the Level I Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) examination or the Certified Treasury Professional (C.T.P.) examination. Both of these professional certification programs have set global standards for excellence in the world of finance.

Department Policies

  • To enroll in the finance core (FINA 330, 340, 350) you must earn a minimum grade of B in FINA 320 (Principles of Finance) and/or 3.00/4.00 minimum cumulative NIU GPA.
  • You must submit a Transcript Review Form to the Department of Finance. Generally, the form is to be completed during the semester enrolled in FINA 320 and ACCY 306 (or during the semester prior to enrolling in FINA 330, 340, 350 and 393).
  • Satisfactory completion of the finance core (FINA 330, FINA 340, FINA 350) as evidenced by a grade of C or better in each of these courses is required prior to enrolling in any 400-level FINA course.
  • You may not repeat more than two 300- or 400-level FINA courses, with a maximum of one repeat from the finance core courses (FINA 330, FINA 340 and FINA 350).
  • To graduate as a finance major or minor, you must earn a grade of at least a C in each required FINA course. For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog .

Degree Requirements

Four Year Degree Path

Transfer Path


I knew I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps and study business, and finance is a great way to learn the foundation of any company. If you know how the money flows, you can understand the priorities of any organization. After I earned my finance degree, it allowed me to immediately start building and leading teams right after graduation.
Karli Jedlicka ’12, MBA ’14
NIU Finance Alumna
Vice President Business Operations at EverTrue
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