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Undergraduate Program Description

Accessibility to preeminent finance faculty and cutting-edge academic research are key ingredients to providing undergraduate and graduate students with the tools and methods necessary to expand their understanding of finance. Rigorous training at all academic levels prepares students for the quantitative and analytical challenges in both the business and academic fields.

Concentrations and degrees for qualified students include:
  • Undergraduate Concentration in Finance
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Ph.D. Program in Finance

Our nationally recognized Finance Department, cited by U.S. News & World Report as among the top 25 in the country, hosts the Finance Department Seminar Series featuring top scholars from around the world addressing current research and trends in the field. These weekly seminars provide an engaging forum for students, faculty, and practitioners alike. In addition, informal brown bag lunches are hosted throughout the year by the Department.

Members of the Finance Department consistently facilitate meaningful interaction between students and professionals through an alumni advisement system which supplements faculty advisement in the areas of financial institutions, manufacturing firms, service firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

For more information about the undergraduate program description, visit www.bc.edu/schools/csom/departments/finance.html.

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Concentration in Finance

Finance Concentration Course Requirements
  • ACCT1021 Financial Accounting
  • MFIN1021 Basic Finance (prerequisite: ACCT1021)
  • MFIN1127 Corporate Finance (prerequisite: MFIN1021)
  • MFIN1151 Investments (prerequisite: MFIN1021)
  • MFIN2225 Financial Policy (prerequisites: MFIN1127 and MFIN1151, unless otherwise advised)
  • At least one elective from any finance course (MFIN) offered outside of the required core courses for a finance concentration. ACCT3351 Financial Statement Analysis can also be counted as a finance elective. MFIN66XX electives require senior status and permission from the Department.
Regardless of your concentration, we expect finance majors to have understanding in the following areas:
  • major investment, financing and governance decisions (e.g., capital structure, merger and acquisitions, dividend, board of directors, etc.) of corporations;
  • the risk and return tradeoffs in investment and know how to evaluate basic financial products (e.g., stocks, bonds and derivatives);
  • the role of financial institutions/intermediaries (e.g., investment and commercial banks, asset management companies) in the financial system;
  • the role of financial markets in the economy and the need for efficient regulations.

Please refer to Boston College's Course Information and Schedule link in the Agora Portal for finance courses currently being offered.

For more information about the concentration in finance, visit www.bc.edu/schools/csom/departments/finance/concentration.html.

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Entrepreneurship Co-concentration

Are you interested in an entrepreneurial career where you start or join a firm that revolutionizes markets through innovation? The entrepreneurship co‐concentration provides a strong background for launching and managing high‐growth ventures in nascent or high‐velocity industries. It is an interdisciplinary program that will help engender entrepreneurial thinking and problem‐solving approaches. Co-sponsored by the Management & Organization and Finance departments, the course of study includes a mix of theory and real world application with an emphasis on teamwork. The curriculum introduces a set of tools and a way of thinking that will help students to navigate the uncertain, ambiguous contexts that often characterize new initiatives in established firms as well as start‐ups. The demand for college graduates with these entrepreneurial skills is strong and growing. Those who complete the co-concentration will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in start-up firms, social ventures, venture capital, private equity, management consulting, corporate entrepreneurship or product development. Sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in the Entrepreneurship co-concentration must complete an application, which is available online at: http://tinyurl.com/bcentrepreneurship.

Required Courses

The courses in the co-concentration include the following:

Required:

  • MGMT 2170 Entrepreneurial Management

Required: one of the following two finance courses:

  • MFIN2212 Venture Capital / Private Equity
  • MFIN2210 Entrepreneurial Finance

Students must also take two electives from the following list:

  • MGMT2123 Negotiation
  • MGMT2139 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • BSLW6603 Law for the Entrepreneur
  • MKTG3158 Product Planning & Strategy
  • MKTG3170 Entrepreneurial Marketing in a digital world
  • MKTG3156 Digital Marketing
  • ISYS2621/MKTG2621 Social Media and Web
  • ISYS3340/MKTG3340 Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • ISYS3253/MKTG3253 E-Commerce
  • ISYS3205 TechTrek West
  • ISYS3215 Technology & Economic Development   

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Information for Study Abroad

All students wishing to study abroad must first meet with an advisor in the Office of International Programs (OIP)

If accepted into the study abroad program and approved by Richard Keeley, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program (Fulton 360), the student should then contact either the Department Chairperson, Ronnie Sadka (Fulton 560C), or Elliott Smith (Fulton 437) for elective course approvals.

The Finance Department requires that Financial Accounting (ACCT1021) and Basic Finance (MFIN1021) be taken at Boston College as prerequisites for any finance elective prior to going abroad. All required finance concentration core courses must be taken in CSOM only.

All approvals should be sought either by e-mail or in person, with all supporting documentation (course description, detailed syllabus, etc.).

All approvals should be obtained prior to going abroad.

However, in the rare circumstance where course selection is only available upon arrival at the university, you must e-mail the course syllabus to either the Department Chairman, Ronnie Sadka, or Elliott Smith before enrolling in the course in order to obtain approval. If the course is deemed a suitable finance elective, the Finance Department will send a confirming e-mail to you approving the course for credit.

No approvals will be granted after the course has been completed.

For more information about study abroad, visit www.bc.edu/schools/csom/departments/finance/studyabroad.html.

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