• Minor Available
  • Bachelors Available
  • Minor Available
  • Bachelors Available


The Department of Finance offers three choices - finance specialization, a financial planning concentration or a financial analyst concentration. within the finance specialization, and a minor in finance. The finance specialization prepares business students to be finance specialists. The financial planning concentration prepares business students for careers as financial advisors and financial planners. The financial analyst concentration prepares business students to be investment analysts. The minor in finance, is available to all majors (including non-business majors, except BSBS students pursuing the finance specialization

Quality classroom experiences

Finance students participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund, analyzing stocks and regions of the world and making recommendations on the investment of a real portfolio of funds provided by the BGSU Foundation.

Stand Out in courses like

  • International Financial Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Portfolio Management


Through the Department of Finance, students can also earn the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) by taking courses in the Financial Planning Concentration within the finance specialization. After completing the required eight courses, students will meet the educational requirements of the CFP® Board of Standards and be eligible to sit for the CFP® certification examination.

Over $20,000 in department scholarships are awarded each year

Internships and Careers

A finance cooperative education program can be done in the spring, fall, or summer semesters. Many business students have greatly benefited from completing a co-op or an internship. To date, 54 job placements have resulted from this program, with associated total salaries are $196,083.20. Some of the cooperative education programs have been conducted at:

  • Citigroup Inc.-Salomon Smith Barney
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Huntington National Bank
  • KeyCorp
  • Max & Erma's
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Co.
  • Owens Corning
  • Unisys Corporation

Career opportunities associated with the finance specialization include, but are not restricted to, the following: cash management, credit management, financial analysis, portfolio management, securities brokering, commercial lending and loan management, retail bank management, risk management, insurance company operations and management, and personal financial planning and management

Average Starting Salary


Go Far in your career

  • Capital Budgeting
  • Investment Analysis
  • Securities Analysis

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The Finance Program is part of the Department of Finance in the BGSU Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business

Schmidthorst College of Business Admissions

New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the college with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program (BSBA). Students initially enroll in the Schmidthorst College of Business as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average.

To be admitted to the accounting program and enroll in any upper-division accounting courses, the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems requires successful completion of 51 semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.6 or better considering all colleges and universities attended, and successful completion of Accounting 2210 and 2220 with a grade of C or better.

We help our students succeed by preparing them academically, then backing up their classroom learning with experiential learning and targeted career opportunities

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Business Administration are expected to be able to:

Goal 1: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in business knowledge and its application

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, business statistics, operations & supply chain management, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, management science, and global strategy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using business-related software applications.
  • Demonstrate competency in integrating knowledge across business disciplines.

Goal 2: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in applying appropriate problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.

Outcome: Students will -

  • Identify a business problem, develop and critically evaluate alternative solutions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Assess the outcomes of a course of action and make appropriate adjustments.

Goal 3: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Effectively write a business document.
  • Make effective oral presentations in both individual and team settings.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and application of teamwork.

Goal 4: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will recognize the ethical aspects of business.

Outcomes: Students will -

  • Recognize the context of the ethical situation (economic, legal or cultural).
  • Define the ethical responsibilities of business organizations.
  • Describe the ramifications of unethical behavior.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Business Administration program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more accreditation information, click here

The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more accreditation information, click here

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program does not lead to professional licensure.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, leads to professional licensure. Click here for more professional licensure information.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Business Administration program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Individualized business 
  • Information systems
  • Information systems, auditing, and control
  • Insurance
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply chain management

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.

Updated: 03/28/2023 10:28AM