Finance: BS, BA
In the finance degree, students learn to manage the monetary resources of organizations, countries, and individuals. They also gain the knowledge and preparation necessary to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst exam after they graduate.
The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. To become a CFA, candidates must pass each of the three, six-hour exams, possess a bachelors’ degree, and have 48 months of qualified, professional work experience.
Becoming a CFA can help individuals become elite in the profession. The Economics and Finance Department is committed to providing the necessary background to enable undergraduate students to successfully pass the level 1 CFA exam through integrating CFA topics into the curriculum. The department also offers competitive scholarships to help cover the cost of taking the level 1 exam and provides access to curriculum materials to help students prepare for the exam.
The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.
Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
With a degree in finance, students can pursue the following careers:
- Loan officer
- Financial analyst
- Credit manager
- Financial officer
- Insurance underwriter
- Claims adjuster
- Financial planner
- Risk manager
- Asset management
- Economic consultant
- Economic loss specialist
- Statistical analyst
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the Department of Management has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: Incoming freshman may be admitted directly if they have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
- Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Although a study abroad experience is not required, it is strongly recommend because it helps students become more competitive in a global market. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has its own study abroad program to help students get ahead globally.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Business Ambassadors: Business Ambassadors are the student representatives of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Each year a group of current students are selected to assist the Dean’s office with student recruitment, hosting events/tours, and managing social media.
Business Council (BC): The Business Council is the student council for the Huntsman School of Business. The mission of BC is to serve by representing the student voice, promoting student involvement, facilitating professional opportunities, encouraging academic excellence, and developing student leaders.
Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.
Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.
Investment Banking Club (IBC): IBC helps students to understand, network, and prepare for a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity. Members of the club will have the opportunities to hear from banking and PE alumni and friends of the Huntsman School, attend information sessions with banks from around the United States, and prepare for and interview with those respective firms for full-time employment.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL): PBL is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
Real Estate Association: The USU Real Estate Association provides opportunities for career development, educational events, mentorship, networking, and property tours in real estate for students at USU.
Shingo Institute Student Chapter: The Huntsman Shingo Institute Student Chapter provides students with experience and skills needed to get career placement before or upon graduation.
Society for Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL): The Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL) has been created to provide exciting hands-on and real-world ethical experiences to students. The society seeks to uphold the Huntsman School of Business pillar of ethical leadership. SAEL is a student-run club providing many opportunities for to get involved and challenge themselves with tough real world issues. We hold many activities and events throughout the year.
USU Distributive Education Clubs of America Chapter (DECA): Collegiate DECA develops leaders and prepares them for clubs in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
Women in Business Association (WIBA): As a new organization on theUtah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills forthe business world.
Buehler Scholar Program: Start building your professional library through the Buehler Scholars. This program cultivates important leadership qualities through weekly readings and discussion based learning.
Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.
Global Learning Experiences: Global Learning Experiences can help you develop a global mindset and prepare for business that extends beyond borders.
Huntsman Scholar Program (Honors Program): An honors program built for students seeking academic rigor, enhanced critical thinking, and a professionally mentored approach to their Huntsman experience.
Koch Scholar Leadership Program: Spend a semester reading and discussing the foundations of modern political economy with 15 peers selected in a highly competitive process.
Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): This is as real as it gets! SEED is an international consulting internship where students teach basic business and finance principles to local entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Peru.
Labs, Centers, Research
With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.