Westminster College of Arts and Sciences

4-Year Degree

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The Finance Program at Westminster University

The Finance major will enable you to develop solutions to complex financial problems and advise firms in maximizing their value. You will use financial theories, practices, analytical tools, and models for making critical decisions and develop an ethical awareness of global financial markets

What You'll Learn in the Finance Program 

Students completing a bachelor of science degree in finance should:

  • Explain the firm’s financial structure and the role of finance in maximizing a firm’s value
  • Use financial theories, practices, analytical tools, and models for making critical decisions
  • Develop solutions to complex financial problems
  • Communicate complex financial concepts, analyses, strategies, and decisions
  • Develop ethical awareness

sample finance courses

  • FINC-300: Business Finance
  • FINC-305: Investments and Analysis

  • FINC-435: International Finance
  • FINC-493: Business Forecasting


accreditation employers trust

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of College Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Our Faculty

Richard Haskell, PhD
Associate Professor

Lauren Lo Re, MBA
Associate Professor

Rob Patterson, PhD
Faculty Emeritus


Potential Employers

  • Scalar 
  • Evercore 
  • Townsquare Capital  
  • NIC Partners  
  • Economics Partners - A Ryan Company 
  • EnergySolutions 
  • Goldman Sachs

What Are the Key Benefits of the Finance Program?

  • Unique combination of theory and practice: The theoretical and practical aspects of finance are integrated to provide students with critical thinking skills and analytical tools as a foundation for life-long learning. Instructors within the program have real world professional experience and credentials combined with their academic qualifications.
  • Center for Financial Wellness: Students can get involved with a variety of the center's programs that work to improve the community’s financial well-being.
  • D.A. Davidson Fund: Westminster participates in a regional university investment portfolio challenge sponsored by D.A. Davidson. Each university is given $50,000 to invest over the course of the school year. Students learn how to do investment research and portfolio management as they make real stock transactions with actual dollars.
  • Quality of Education: The combination of small class sizes, personal attention, instruction quality, professor accessibility, real world applications, and sophisticated analytical tools will maximize your educational experience and will prepare you a career in finance or graduate school.
  • Courses offering breadth and depth: Westminster's new finance major includes an expanded course offering to give students more options and flexibility in customizing their finance education. Course offerings include: Business Finance, Investment and Analysis, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions and Industrial Banking, Personal Financial Planning and Insurance, Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits, Securities Regulations and Trading, Financial Derivatives, Investment Strategies and Applications, International Finance, Business Forecasting, and Strategic Financial Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Practice/experience courses: Students are required to complete an internship or equivalent practical business experience as part their education.

Plan of Study for the Finance Program

Liberal education courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.


Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster University knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Your tuition, fully paid

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster University is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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