A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance delivers an education on the theory and use of financial analysis. Financial analysis is useful in all settings where decisions have to be made about how to manage wealth, assets, or money based on expectations about the future.
Finance deals with the exchange of assets over time. It is concerned with the pricing of assets, decisions on how firms should decide what projects to undertake and how to fund those projects, decisions on appropriate investment strategies by individuals and institutions, how financial markets work both domestically and internationally, and the governance of those who make financial decisions.
Points of Pride
According to the latest Graduate Exit Survey results, 80% of Finance students were employed within three months of graduation. In addition, some students have continued their education in graduate programs across the nation.
Numerous students actively participate in the Banking and Finance Society each semester to gain educational and networking experiences. They meet with companies such as Duff & Phelps, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Kimberly-Clark, Siemens, and many others who recruit heavily from UGA.
Curriculum in courses is frequently revised to ensure students have the most up-to-date knowledge when pursuing finance careers. For example, the Finance Department recently added a course in Mergers and Acquisitions for undergraduate, MACC and MBA students. We also recently introduced a course on Trading Strategies and Financial Models.
Faculty members have received numerous teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Award, the Undergraduate Business Teacher of the Year, the Full-time MBA Teacher of the Year, the Evening MBA Teacher of the Year and the Executive MBA Teacher of the Year.
Undergraduate students control a $250,000+ stock portfolio through the Student Managed Investment Fund, learning to make critical investment decisions in volatile markets. The students interact with and receive advice from professionals in the finance industry.
More than 745 juniors and seniors have chosen Finance as their major, making Finance consistently one of the largest majors on campus and the largest major in the Terry College of Business.
Topics covered include:
- Investment management
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Trading strategies
- International finance
- Derivatives and corporate finance
- Financial modeling
Positions & Placements
We work closely with the UGA Career Center and potential employers. Some recent internship placements include Frisch Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Target headquarters, Accenture, Nordstrom, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, Harris Williams & Co., Bank South, Nissan North America, Boeing, PwC, Young Life, and the United Steelworkers Union to name a few. More than 200 Finance students were placed in internships this year.
In 2013, more than 80% of finance students were employed within three months of graduation.
Careers in Finance
- Investment Banking Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Loan Auditing Manager
- Junior Trader
The largest employers of Finance students include:
- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
- JP Morgan
- Regions Bank
- Home Depot
This is just a selection of possible job titles and employers of finance majors. Finance students find employment with many other companies inside and outside of the U.S. The UGA Career Center provides a more extensive list.
What’s considered in your acceptance to the finance major?
- ETS Proficiency Profile
This is a standardized, multiple-choice assessment of the academic skills.
- Economics course grades
Grades in ECON 2105 and/or ECON 2106. Applicants currently enrolled in one of these courses will be evaluated based on the grade in the completed course.
- Accounting course grades
Grades in ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102. Applicants currently enrolled in ACCT 2102 will be evaluated based on the grade in ACCT 2101.
- Math course grades
Grades in all Mathematics courses. The level of course(s) will also be considered.
- Statement of Purpose
A brief essay (300-400 words) which describes your interest in the finance major and your future goals.