Finance Program Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Finance Program Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

What Will You Learn As a Finance Major?

Here at GMercyU, you will learn about money management ranging from both business and personal finances, as well as how to navigate the stock market through understanding the use of stocks and bonds when you take classes in the finance program. As a finance major, you will become a source of valuable financial information regarding money management. The skills that you will gain as a finance major will lead you to obtain positions within fields such as tax preparation, banking, and accounting.

Gain a Seat at the Financial Table

If you're looking for a finance degree in PA, you'll find a well-rounded business program perfectly suited to this specialty at Gwynedd Mercy University. Our bachelor of science in finance business degree will help you develop specialized finance skills while also building your communication and leadership abilities - highly prized skills in today's marketplace. At GMercyU, you'll enjoy access to networking opportunities that will build your business contacts before you've graduated.

The GMercyU Difference

The BS in finance program at GMercyU is accredited through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Features like a real-time stock ticker in the Financial Trading Room and an experienced faculty with a history in the boardroom as well as the classroom offer an educational experience that truly stands out.

Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio gives you plenty of opportunities to work closely with your professors and classmates.  And, all classes are taught by qualified faculty, not teaching assistants.

In addition to taking a core group of finance and management courses, GMercyU's finance degree offers a number of specialty areas, including investments, risk management, sports business finance, and taxation.

As a student in our School of Business, we encourage you to:

  • Take advantage of the unique learning opportunities available in our financial trading room, complete with a real-time stock ticker
  • Join the GMercyU Business Club to connect with other professionals in your field
  • Participate in national business conferences to expand your horizons and begin making connections with the very people who may become your future employers
  • Talk with guest lecturers from area businesses who add their own unique insight to your education
  • Prepare to take your place in commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, investment companies, brokerage firms, and other organizations around the country and the world

Undergraduate Minors in Finance

Increase the value of your bs in finance degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.

Finance Major Curriculum

In the Bachelor of Science in Finance program, your curriculum involves the study of accounting, marketing, business management, ethics, and statistics. This curriculum will teach you the basics of how businesses are structured and the important aspects of financial planning. Through the prerequisite classes in the finance program, you will learn the building blocks of accounting and theories that can be applied in business settings. The management core classes will teach you the principles of business management, as well as statistical courses that will aid in financial planning. Your skills will apply to a broad range of financial career paths and will ultimately make you a desirable candidate throughout the job market when you obtain a bachelor's in finance.

Finance Degree Options

4+1 MBA Option

Earn a Financial Degree and your MBA in just five years

For students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, GMercyU offers a unique 4+1 MBA option that allows you to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in just five years. You can skip the grad school entrance exams by taking graduate credits during your senior year – as part of your undergraduate tuition – and then seamlessly completing your MBA the following year.  Learn more about GMercyU's 4+1 MBA program.


In addition to general education requirements, you will need to complete the following courses to earn your B.S. in finance degree:

Prerequisites - 15 Credits

ACC 105 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 106 Principles of Accounting II
BUS 101  Business Theory
ECN 102 Microeconomics
ECN 103 Macroeconomics

Management Core – 30 Credits

ACC 301  Managerial Accounting
BUS 207 Principles of Marketing
BUS 230 Business Law
BUS 301 Principles of Management
BUS 304 Business Ethics
BUS 306 Business Statistics I
BUS 318  Operations Management
BUS 321    International Business
BUS 340   Business Statistics II
BUS 4000 Seminar: Business Policies & Strategies

Finance Courses - 18 Credits

BUS 310  Principles of Finance

5 Courses from:

ACC 315  Personal Taxes
ACC 316  Investment & Business Taxation
BUS 311 Money, Banking & Financial Institutions
BUS 312 Managerial Finance
BUS 313 Investments
BUS 314 International Finance
BUS 352 Sport Business & Finance
BUS 375 Risk Management
BUS 410 E-Business
BUS 421 Corporate Studies I
BUS 422 Corporate Studies II

Credit Requirements

You must complete at least 125 credits for a bachelor’s degree in finance.

See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.


Finance Internship Opportunities

GMercyU business graduates regularly intern with some of the top companies in the region. The right internship can act as a powerful springboard toward a successful career. Recently, our students have interned at:

  • Aetna
  • KPMG
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Transfer Opportunities for Finance Majors

If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University to count towards your Bachelor of Science in Finance degree. All you need to do is submit your transcript and a course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.

In addition, Gwynedd Mercy University has an articulation agreement with Harcum College.

Harcum College
AS Business Administration to BS in Finance

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

With a Bachelor of Science in Finance from GMercyU, you're equipped for an entry-level position in banking or finance.

Possible careers for finance majors

•    Actuary
•    Appraiser
•    Audit Manager
•    Bank Manager
•    Bank Representative
•    Bookkeeper
•    Branch Manager
•    Budget Analyst
•    Business Analyst
•    Business Manager
•    CPA
•    Chief Executive Officer
•    Chief Financial Officer
•    Claim Adjuster/Examiner
•    Commodities Trader
•    Consumer Credit Officer
•    Controller
•    Cost Manager
•    Credit Counselor
•    Credit Manager
•    Estimator
•    External Auditor
•    Finance Writer
•    Financial Analyst
•    Financial Consultant
•    Financial Economist
•    Financial Planner
•    Foreign Exchange Trader

•    Government Official
•    Industrial/Institutional Buyer
•    Insurance Agent/Broker
•    International Trade Specialist
•    Investment Banker
•    Investment Researcher
•    Investor Relations
•    Loan Administrator
•    Loan Officer
•    Loan Processor
•    Management Accountant
•    Market Research Analyst
•    Mergers/Acquisitions Manager
•    Mutual Fund Manager
•    Mutual Fund Trader
•    Payroll Administrator
•    Portfolio Analyst
•    Property Manager
•    Rate Analyst
•    Real Estate Developer
•    Sales Analyst
•    Securities Analyst
•    Securities Broker
•    Stockbroker
•    Systems Analyst
•    Treasury Management Specialist
•    Trust Analyst

*Some of these careers may require additional education.

*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.

Where our finance degree graduates work after graduation

•    Commercial banks
•    Investment banks
•    Insurance companies
•    Investment companies
•    Brokerage firms


•    SEI Investments Company
•    Valley Forge Financial Group
•    The Vanguard Group