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Undergraduate | In-Person

Finance Major, BBA

Careers in finance exist in virtually every business venture. Financial service professionals are well versed in things like market research and data analysis and can help organizations and individuals better utilize all resources.

Why Major in Finance? 

The Jack C. Massey College of Business offers course instruction in every aspect of financial management, including managing investments, corporate projects, bank balance sheets, real estate development, insurance products and international financial instruments. Our finance faculty incorporate insights gained from their professional experience in financial planning, retail brokerage, investment consulting and fee-based asset management into the classroom. You will benefit from real-life business experience and practical application, as well as theoretical immersion.

Belmont finance majors have access to the Massey Center for Financial Information – the Trading Lab – the first educational financial trading classroom in the state of Tennessee. Here, students collectively manage $700k of real equities and fixed income. Using the same state-of-the-art equipment employed in top brokerage firms, students gain the hands-on experience needed to manage investment funds.

A major in finance at Belmont is designed for those who enjoy the quantitative side of business and will equip you for whatever your future endeavor - whether you plan to become a financial planner or analyst, investment banker or even the CFO of a major company!

What You'll Learn 

  • Basic financial concepts, tools and techniques
  • Interest rate, credit, liquidity, foreign exchange and equity risks of financial intermediaries
  • Quantitative and qualitative discipline of equity analysis
  • Impact of the market valuation of assets on the investment and financing decisions of corporate managers
  • Key financial markets and instruments that facilitate international trade and investment activity
  • Bond portfolio management

Program Details


The finance major leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 50 hours
  • Business courses: 35 hours
  • B.B.A. core technical requirement: 3 hours
  • Finance Concentration: 18 hours
  • General electives: 22 hours

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Courses You'll Take

FIN 3210: Business Finance

This course is an overview of basic financial concepts, tools and techniques used by financial managers of public corporations: financial instrument and project evaluation, sources of funding and strategic financial decisions.

FIN 3330: Financial Institutions Management

This course focuses on managing risk and return in financial institutions. The interest rate, credit, liquidity, foreign exchange and equity risks of financial intermediaries such as commercial banks, savings banks, investment banks and insurance companies are identified and tools and techniques used to control these risks are explored.

FIN 3460: Investment Portfolio Management

This course provides students with a practical, “hands-on” learning opportunity in managing an investment portfolio. Using a quantitative and qualitative discipline of equity analysis, students learn and understand criteria that Wall Street professionals use to derive intrinsic values and earnings growth rates of common stocks. In addition, this course offers an overview of the financial markets and the techniques in valuing and managing a variety of securities and investment products.

FIN 4210: Corporate Finance

This course focuses on the impact of the market valuation of assets on the investment and financing decisions of corporate managers. The following topics are analyzed in terms of importance to corporate decisions: corporate valuation, securities issuance and option theory and practice.

FIN 4330: International Capital Markets

This course analyzes the key financial markets and instruments that facilitate international trade and investment activity. The economic determinants of exchange rates in the major financial markets are studied and the financial tools and techniques used to manage exchange rate exposure by the firm are identified and explored.

FIN 4410: Advanced Business Finance

This course covers a wide variety of financial topics including capital budgeting, options, cost of capital and free cash flow analysis. Students implement financial topics with computer spreadsheets.

FIN 4460: Bonds and Derivatives

This course covers bond pricing, interest rates and duration as they relate to bond portfolio management. The course also covers options and other derivatives, including Black-Scholes, binomial trees and financial engineering with options and futures.

Accelerated MBA 4 +1

The MBA-Accelerated (A.M.B.A.) program is a full-time M.B.A. designed for individuals with little or no full-time business work experience. Individuals admitted to the A.M.B.A. program begin course work in the fall term and complete their studies in the following summer - a total program length of 12 months from start to finish. Through active learning and scholarly exploration, the A.M.B.A. degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level administrative and managerial positions in both the private and public sector.  Students will be equipped with comprehensive business skills, analytical tools, and moral clarity to effectively manage diverse teams and lead organizations in today’s rapidly changing and dynamic, global business environment.

The A.M.B.A. is a non-thesis degree consisting of 36 hours, of which 30 hours are required core courses and 6 hours are elective courses that are chosen by the student.  M.B.A. elective courses may be related to a specific area (e.g. FIN, ETP, BSA, etc.) or may be independent of each other providing students with a broader point of view.

Whether you want to launch your own startup, consult with Fortune 500 companies or explore investment banking, you'll get an early start on building your career. As an Accelerated MBA student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and outstanding faculty who bring industry experience to every class they teach. Classes meet four evenings a week on a full-time basis, giving you flexibility during workday hours to complete internships, graduate assistantships or part-time jobs. And you can complete the program in less than a year.

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Integrated Degree, M.ACC./B.B.A.

Belmont University’s integrated M.ACC. and B.B.A. degree program is designed to meet today’s needs of those wishing to make accounting a career choice. Today’s accountants must possess much more than just technical accounting knowledge; they must also have a broad understanding of various business activities and possess strong communication, intellectual, and interpersonal skills. In recognition of those additional skills most states, including Tennessee, have passed laws or issued regulations requiring at least 150 hours of higher education to sit for the uniform CPA examination. Also the AICPA requires new members to possess 150 hours of higher education. 

Increasingly, businesses are hiring new professionals who have master’s degrees. These include public accounting firms, manufacturing companies, and service providers in healthcare, finance, and insurance, as well as governmental organizations. Belmont’s integrated accountancy degree is a program which meets employer needs and provides graduates with exceptional career opportunities.

The integrated program is only for accounting concentration students in the Undergraduate School of Business Administration at Belmont University and is designed to be completed in a five-year time period.

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You’ll learn far beyond the classroom at Belmont. Here are just a few of the opportunities in store for you:

  • Engage in monthly professional development events
  • Attend lectures featuring top business professionals
  • Travel to Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Prague or another international destination as part of our Global Practicum
  • Complete a professional field experience
  • Get customized career guidance from the Jack C. Massey College of Business Career Development Center

Belmont University’s MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide achieve AACSB accreditation, and Belmont is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for BBA, MBA and accounting programs. 

Career Possibilities

  • Financial Analyst
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Loan Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Commercial Banker
  • Financial Manager

Student Testimonial

Russ Schwartz

"I've really loved working with all the faculty here. They've cared about me as a person and not just a grade. I chose the Massey College of Business, first, because of its reputation. It's really one of the best business schools in the Southeast. Also because of the personal connection with the faculty."

Alumni Testimonial

"My professors in Massey served as such strong mentors throughout my college career, and they taught me how to network and develop mentor relationships with leaders at my company."

Jenn Cooke, Class of 2018
Diversity Recruiting Manager at Texas Instruments

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