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Finance Major

Department Chair:  Frank Ohara

Finance is an important field within business administration and management. It focuses on valuation and the optimal allocation of capital. Advances in modern financial theory and practice make the field exciting and offer many opportunities for a well-prepared student. Furthermore, the field of finance incorporates an international outlook, which is one of the hallmarks of the McLaren School of Management.

The approach to teaching Finance at the University of San Francisco emphasizes analytical (quantitative and qualitative) proficiency and the use of "hands-on," applied cases and exercises. The multidimensional nature of the finance as well as the background, diversity and quality of our faculty and students, makes our Finance major an intellectually challenging experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use DCF to value a proposed project
  • Analyze a company‚Äôs financial statements and perform ratio analysis in order to interpret its performance
  • Construct an optimized investment portfolio
  • Calculate and interpret portfolio performance measurements.
  • Use derivatives to immunize against foreign exchange transaction risk.
  • Evaluate an international capital budgeting project.


Fall 2013 Admits

Finance majors are required to take 20 credits of courses beyond the introductory finance course (BUS 305).   Eight of these 20 credits are required of every student.  The remaining twelve credits must come from the list of Finance Electives shown below, with up to four credits of courses in the Economics Department with approval of the Finance department faculty advisor.

Finance Courses

Take two out of the three Required Courses: 8 credits
The third course not taken as the required course can count towards your Finance Elective.

Finance Electives: 12 credits
Maximum of 4 credits from the following Economics courses can count for one Finance Elective.