Finance (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, B.S.B.A,)

Finance majors gain a broad base of knowledge, with a thorough understanding of financial theory as well as practical implementation. Students learn how financial markets operate and how to make effective investment and financial decisions for firms and individuals. Finance majors develop analytical skills and problem-solving abilities that equip them for exciting careers.  Possible careers include: Financial Analyst, Risk Analyst, Financial Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Personal Financial Advisor. 

Admission Requirements

The Steven L. Craig School of Business has adopted entrance requirements for the BSBA degree program to ensure that capable and committed students are placed in classes with their peers where they can learn together and from each other. Students desiring to major in business administration should declare their intent to the Steven L. Craig School of Business by completing a pre-major form if their ACT composite is less than 23 or a major form if their composite is 23 or higher. At that time, students will be assigned a business advisor who can assist them in career planning and selection of a course of study. All students with an ACT composite score of 23 or higher will be admitted without review upon completion of an application for admission to the program.

Students with an ACT composite score below that number must earn a grade point average equal to or higher than 2.5 from at least 36 university credit hours including a grade of C or higher in the following courses:

ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
or ACC 202 Introductory Managerial Accounting
COM 104Oral Communication3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECO 261 Principles of Microeconomics
ENG 108College Writing and Research3
or ENG 112 Honors Composition and Rhetoric
GBA 210Business Statistics I 13
GBA 211Business Law I3
Select one of the following:3-5
Finite Mathematics
College Algebra
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

 Or any other approved statistics course.

Applications for admittance should be submitted at least one week prior to attempting registration in courses restricted to majors. Applications of transfer students (upon their request) will be given a preliminary review before MWSU's pre- or regular registration sessions.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Business Foundation Courses (BFC)33
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 301Financial Management3
GBA 201Business Analytics & Reporting3
GBA 210Business Statistics I3
GBA 211Business Law I3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Principles of Supply Chain Management3
Additional BSBA Requirements 115
MGT 416Production and Operations Management3
ACC 418Accounting Information Systems3
or MGT 418 Management Information Systems
MGT 419Strategic Management3
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 232 Business Ethics
Select three credit hours of Applied Learning course(s)3
Major Requirements 124
ECO 460Business and Economic Forecasting3
FIN 310Investments3
FIN 321Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 401Financial Management II3
FIN 412Futures and Options3
FIN 431International Financial Management3
Select two of the following:6
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Cost Accounting
Individual Income Tax
Money and Banking
Business Law II


At least 18 credit hours in the major must be earned from the Steven L. Craig School of Business.

Credit for additional BSBA requirements must be earned from the Steven L. Craig School of Business.

NOTE: All upper-division Business courses required for the BSBA must be taken from the Steven L. Craig School of Business, from an AACSB accreited university or from a school with an approved articulation agreement.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than 6 credit hours of D permitted in major coursework
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.