• Dr. Philip Seagraves hosts a real estate focus group for area professionals
  • The TVA Investment Challenge team competes nationally
  • Risk management students give presentations to State Farm
  • The Economics and Finance Career Fair offers networking opportunities

Finance

The field of finance offers excellent opportunities for lucrative careers at the local, regional, and international levels, leading to six- or seven-figure salaries for star performers. Whether or not money makes the world go round, it is a certainty that financial processes and institutions influence global commerce and the way nations conduct business. Star performers are not born—they grow from a solid educational foundation.  Start building your foundation in Finance at MTSU today.

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Up the career ladder

Scott Brisson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from MTSU in 2005 and today is Head of Service Delivery Operations for UBS in Nashville. Headquartered in Switzerland, UBS provides financial services to corporate and institutional clients around the world. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 54 countries and employs approximately 60,000 people around the world.

Finance chair invests in student achievement

Finance chair invests in student achievement

MTSU's Weatherford Chair of Finance conducts an annual golf tournament that draws area bankers and business leaders and raises funds for student scholarships and internships. Since 1992, the chair has co-sponsored conferences featuring top movers and shakers in the financial industry, including Federal Reserve Board Governors and CEOs. These events welcome students and expose them to the real-world rigors of finance.

Opportunities abound in business, government, and industry for the person who likes numbers preceded by dollar signs. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance is a solid launching pad for a career in the following fields:

  • Auto lending
  • Bank management
  • Commercial lending
  • Consulting services
  • Consumer financial services
  • Credit unions
  • Financial product development
  • Human resources
  • Insurance/risk management
  • International banking
  • Investment banking
  • Marketing
  • Mutual funds
  • Pension funds
  • Portfolio management
  • Real estate
  • Stock brokerage firms

Employers of MTSU finance alumni include

  • Auto Owners Insurance
  • Bank of America
  • Bradley County Farm Bureau
  • FedEx
  • First National Bank of Pulaski
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Ingram Companies
  • New York City Department of Finance
  • Permanent General Assurance Corporation
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Tennessee Department of Revenue
  • Tennessee Regulatory Authority
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Wilson Bank

A Finance major leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Finance, with concentrations in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate. The Finance major also incorporates a minor in Business Administration. Students may elect another business minor, although a business minor other than Business Administration may require the student to complete more than 120 total hours.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate majors in all colleges can pursue a minor in Economics, Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
The Department of Economics and Finance also offers two undergraduate degrees with a major in Economics: a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.B.A. is a business degree offered by the Jones College of Business. The B.S. is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.

Graduate
Graduate students have a number of options in the Department of Economics and Finance. They can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance, choosing among concentrations in Corporate Finance and Investments. The department also offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics. A concentration in Financial Economics is available under the M.A..

Business Finance Financial Institution Management


Finance, Business Finance Concentration, B.B.A.

Department of Economics and Finance
615-898-5117
Sean Salter, program coordinator
Sean.Salter@mtsu.edu

In addition to meeting the Jennings A. Jones College of Business requirements, a major in Finance with a Business Finance concentration consists of 27 semester hours of finance courses and requires a minimum 2.00 GPA. At least 50 percent of the required major hours must be taken in residence at MTSU.

The program below includes a Business Administration minor. An alternate business minor may be chosen, but it may require total hours for graduation to exceed 120

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Finance, Business Finance, B.B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • MATH 1630, 1810, or 1910 (Math)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci and core course)

College of Business Core (42 hours)

All students must complete the College of Business Core which requires 42 hours with a 2.000 GPA. ECON 2410 is included in the core and will also satisfy 3 hours from the Social/Behavioral General Education requirement.

Business Finance Concentration (27 hours)

  • FIN 3810 - Investments  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3810 - Investments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Introductory survey course focusing on investment markets and instruments. Emphasis on security characteristics, analysis, and valuation.

  • FIN 3910 - Financial Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Modeling financial problems in a spreadsheet and using financial models to assist in decision making.

  • FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00) and admission into the College of Business. Reviews and extends the basics of risk, valuation, and the creation of wealth. Explores capital budgeting, capital structure, and their interactions.

  • FIN 4110 - Cases in Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 4110 - Cases in Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010, FIN 3910, and FIN 3950 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • Upper-division FIN elective 3 credit hours
  • FIN 4800 - Microfinance  3 credit hours  OR 

    FIN 4800 - Microfinance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. For senior Finance major/minors or M.B.A. students. Explores and analyzes the key issues associated with microfinance and wealth creation. Topics include introduction to microfinance, credit methodology, microfinance institutions, client impact studies, effective interest rates, performance measurement of management, strategic issues in microfinance I: sustainability, challenges in microfinance, other microfinance product and offerings-social businesses and delinquency management.

  • FIN 4860 - International Financial Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; admission into the College of Business; and FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00). International capital markets, exchange rate exposure, risk management, and other multinational finance issues. Essential not only for United States exporters, but also for those facing competition from abroad.

  • FIN 4910 - Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 or equivalent and admission into the College of Business. Valuation and hedging of options, forward contracts, futures contracts, swaps, and other derivatives. Examines fundamental tools commonly used for pricing and hedging and options and futures contracts. For undergraduate and graduate students with little mathematics beyond algebra.

  • FIN electives* 9 credit hours

NOTE: *Any finance course can be used for the FIN electives except FIN 2010.

Auxiliary Courses (6 hours)

  • ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of costs of products and services, recognition of quantitative techniques relating to management objectives, overview of master budgeting, and planning and control techniques. Designed for nonaccounting majors. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3310 or Accounting majors.)

  • Business elective 3 credit hours

Electives (7 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Finance, Business Finance

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1630 - College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT greater than 25 or MATH 1710. Topics include solving systems of linear equations, Leontief models, linear programming, mathematics of finance, set theory, and probability theory.

  • MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I  3 credit hours  (MATH)  OR 

    MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or MATH 1710. Introduces mathematical modeling applied to real-world problems. Sets, functions, inverse models, limits, continuity, first and second order model building, single variable differentiation, implicit differentiation, inverse problems (exponential and log models). First and second derivatives used to study the behavior of real-world applications.

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  (Math) 

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)  * 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Electives 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1810. The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • BUS 3000 - Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and major in the Jones College of Business. Uses the proven content and design of a Dale Carnegie seminar which includes lecture, in-class activities, case studies, reflective exercises, and role-play experiences. Helps students develop self confidence and leadership ability, strengthen ability to relate to and motivate others, enhance ability to communicate effectively, reduce stress, and present a positive attitude.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • FIN 3010 - Business Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3010 - Business Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • FIN 3810 - Investments  3 credit hours  § 

    FIN 3810 - Investments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Introductory survey course focusing on investment markets and instruments. Emphasis on security characteristics, analysis, and valuation.

  • FIN 3910 - Financial Modeling  3 credit hours  § 

    FIN 3910 - Financial Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Modeling financial problems in a spreadsheet and using financial models to assist in decision making.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting  3 credit hours  § 

    ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of costs of products and services, recognition of quantitative techniques relating to management objectives, overview of master budgeting, and planning and control techniques. Designed for nonaccounting majors. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3310 or Accounting majors.)

  • FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance  3 credit hours  § 

    FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00) and admission into the College of Business. Reviews and extends the basics of risk, valuation, and the creation of wealth. Explores capital budgeting, capital structure, and their interactions.

  • FIN 4110 - Cases in Finance  3 credit hours  § 

    FIN 4110 - Cases in Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010, FIN 3910, and FIN 3950 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • FIN electives 9 credit hours §
  • Business elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division FIN elective 3 credit hours
  • BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management  3 credit hours  § 

    BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; must be taken after completion of the business requirements and in the semester in which the student graduates. Development of top management perspective with emphasis on policy and strategy formulation and evaluation through the demonstration of competence in handling multifunctional business problems. Transfer credit not allowed; must be taken in residence.

 

  • FIN 4860 - International Financial Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; admission into the College of Business; and FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00). International capital markets, exchange rate exposure, risk management, and other multinational finance issues. Essential not only for United States exporters, but also for those facing competition from abroad.

  • FIN 4800 - Microfinance  3 credit hours  § OR 

    FIN 4800 - Microfinance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. For senior Finance major/minors or M.B.A. students. Explores and analyzes the key issues associated with microfinance and wealth creation. Topics include introduction to microfinance, credit methodology, microfinance institutions, client impact studies, effective interest rates, performance measurement of management, strategic issues in microfinance I: sustainability, challenges in microfinance, other microfinance product and offerings-social businesses and delinquency management.

  • FIN 4910 - Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 or equivalent and admission into the College of Business. Valuation and hedging of options, forward contracts, futures contracts, swaps, and other derivatives. Examines fundamental tools commonly used for pricing and hedging and options and futures contracts. For undergraduate and graduate students with little mathematics beyond algebra.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

NOTE:

 * A 2.25 GPA in these courses is required for admission to the Jones College of Business.

   § Admission required.