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.

Program Learning Outcomes

It is expected that Finance majors upon graduation will be able to:

  • Use discounted cash flow (DCF) to value a proposed project
  • Analyze a company’s 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.

Curriculum Overview

The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:

  1. University Core Curriculum
  2. General Electives
  3. Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
  4. Major Courses (listed below)

Contact Info

Admission: Undergraduate

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment

University of San Francisco
Main Campus
Lone Mountain, Second Floor
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6563