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Finance

Finance

Program Description

If you like numbers and have an analytical streak, a Finance degree from AUM will give you the tools and skills for a successful career in banking, financial management, insurance, investments, venture capital, and personal financial planning.  You’ll learn to determine the value of businesses, help new businesses find the capital they need to succeed, guide new parents as they plan for their child’s education, or assist a young couple plan for a comfortable retirement. You’ll study sources of financing, financial institutions, planning, and management before choosing to concentrate in one of these areas or to take advanced courses in finance, accounting, or economics.

Points of Pride

  • Students have many opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience through internships with companies such as Merrill Lynch, Northwestern Financial, Scottrrade, Next Financial Group, Stifel, Morgan Stanley, and Rheem Manufacturing.
  • Students participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge (Southern Classic), an Atlanta competition designed for up-and-coming financial professionals.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in Finance will equip you for a number of challenging and well-paying jobs. From 2014 to 2024, jobs in business and financial operations are projected to grow at 8 percent, about the average for all occupations. At $64,790, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations in May 2014 was higher than the $35,540 median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Financial Manager

$115,320 per year

7% (37,700 more jobs)

Financial Analyst

$78,620 per year

12% (32,300 more jobs)

Loan Officer

$62,620 per year

8% (24,500 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Business Administration

Auburn University at Montgomery

Clement Hall 303

334-244-3179

srobin38@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Eric L. Jacks is Vice President of Lending at First Community Bank of Central Alabama.
  • Tyler Kennedy is a financial planner at Camerio & Company.
  • Kyle Stewart is a loan officer/member services consultant, Jordan Halloran is a financial advisor assistant, and Kandice Peoples is a document center administrator at MAX Credit Union.
  • Kandice Peoples is a document center administrator at MAX Credit Union.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Finance major includes:


Course Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

FINA 3370

Personal Financial Planning (writing intensive)

Pre-requisites: upper division standing or permission of the Dean. Analysis of the personal financial needs of an individual at a certain point in the life cycle with information tools to make decisions in the areas of career, spending, saving, investing, insurance, retirement and estate planning.

FINA 3650

Financial Institutions and Markets

A comprehensive study of financial institutions and markets of the economy in general. Prerequisite FINA 3610.

FINA 3620

Financial Management II

An examination and application of finance theory, including valuation models, capital structure and dividend policy. Prerequisite FINA 3610.

FINA 4640

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

Examination of a broad range of investment alternatives with emphasis on those most suitable for individuals; introduction to concepts of risk , security valuation and market behavior. Prerequisite FINA 3620.

FINA 4800

Finance Seminar (writing intensive)

This course is designed to solidify the concepts and skills learned in corporate finance through the analysis of cases. Financial Forecasting, Cost of Capital, Rate of Return, Growth, DCF, Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Bankruptcy will be topics covered in various cases.

Finance Electives  (9 semester hours): select from approved electives; at least 3 must by Finance courses