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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 15 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.

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Concentration in Finance

Finance Concentration Course Requirements

All required finance core courses and select elective (#1–#4) must be taken in CSOM only.

Five Prescribed Courses
  1. MFIN1021 Basic Finance (prerequisite: ACCT1021)
  2. MFIN1127 Corporate Finance (prerequisite: MFIN1021)
  3. MFIN1151 Investments (prerequisite: MFIN1021)
  4. One Elective from the following list* (courses listed below must be taken in CSOM)
    • MFIN2202 Derivatives & Risk Management
    • MFIN2205 Corporate Financial Strategies
    • MFIN2225 Financial Policy
    • MFIN2230 International Finance
    • MFIN2235 Investment Banking
    • MFIN2250 Fixed Income Analysis
  5. At least 1 Elective from any MFIN^ course offered outside of the required courses or another from the set list above.

* Not every course will be offered each semester. Additional courses may be added to set list in the future. Please pay careful attention to prerequisites which are listed in Course Information and Schedule.

^ All MFIN66XX electives require senior status and permission from the Department. This requires that seniors visit with Prof. Elliott Smith in Fulton 330B to seek approval, giving consideration to the student’s successful completion of the required prerequisites.

See Course Information and Schedule for up-to-date course listings.

Beginning with the class of 2019, Financial Statement Analysis ACCT3351 will no longer count as a finance elective.

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 trade-offs 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.

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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, Senior Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program (Fulton 315), the student should then contact either the Department Chairperson, Ronnie Sadka (Fulton 560C), or Elliott Smith (Fulton 330B), by e-mail or in person, with all supporting documentation (course description, detailed syllabus, etc.) for elective course approvals.

Any requested finance elective abroad must be equivalent to a finance elective taught at BC.

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.

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 Chairperson, 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.

All approvals should be obtained prior to going abroad.

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

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