The rising importance of investments and the growing complexity of financial services has led to greater demand for finance professionals. University of Tampa finance majors learn how to manage money in areas such as investments, corporate finance, international financial management, and financial institutions and markets.
The finance degree program offers instruction in all areas of business through courses in accounting, managerial statistics, computer information systems, economics, marketing and management. This is combined with contemporary studies in managerial finance, investments, financial institutions and international finance.
Finance degree students are prepared for careers in commercial banking, individual and institutional investments, financial services, private industry, and government. UT's Finance sequence is also good preparation for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designations.
Students may participate in the Bailey Student Investment Fund. The fund was initiated with a $100,000 donation of capital that is managed by the students taking the Applied Investment Management course (FIN 415). The program also includes the opportunity to become Bloomberg certified.
In addition to the full-time day program, students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Finance part time at night through UT's Continuing Studies Program.
A Minor in Finance can complement any course of study at UT. Financial management is critical to success, and not only in the corporate environment. Scientists, engineers, civic leaders, non-profit managers, teachers and many others need financial management understanding and skills to make the most of their resources.
Topics of Study
- Application of basic accounting principles and techniques to financial analysis
- Application of the tools of economic analysis and forecasting to financial analysis
- Historical evolution of modern finance
- Purpose of financial markets and their role in the managerial finance function
- Basic features and investment characteristics of various securities
- How to formulate appropriate portfolio strategies for different individuals and institutional investors
- Factors that affect a company's cost of capital
- How to determine appropriate investment alternatives for a firm
- How to evaluate the working capital policy of an organization
Finance students can join UT's chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity that sponsors seminars, guest speakers from the business community, and professional development programs. Students may also join the student chapter of The Financial Management Association which provides a variety of programs throughout the year. Qualified students are also invited to join the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society for AACSB accredited schools.
The Sykes College of Business is accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by AACSB International.