Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120-credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in a bachelor's degree in finance program?

A bachelor's degree in finance provides knowledge essential for careers in financial management, banking and other financial institutions, investments, and insurance. Students coming from the finance program have the skills necessary to credibly weigh-in on fiscal matters associated with business investment and stock and mutual fund research and analysis. Moreover, the finance major is a good stepping-stone for students interested in a earning an MBA or other postgraduate degree.

There are two tracks in the finance major: accounting and economics. Each of these emphases require the completion of different courses.

CFA Institute Affiliated University

Our Bachelor of Science in Finance has been welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, having been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charter, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. 

Learning outcomes

With a degree in finance, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental business knowledge and practices.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Dffectively communicate within a business environment.
  • Use information technology to support business analysis and operations.
  • Recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical issues, both personally and organizationally.
  • Develop a global business perspective and will have the knowledge and skills to conduct business internationally.

Learn more about the Finance Department

Meet the faculty, discover local internship opportunities, find scholarships, and learn more about Finance degree programs offered by the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Other degrees in the finance program

  • Finance, M.S.

    The Master of Science in Finance program is designed to provide the foundation students will need to adapt and excel in the rapidly changing environment of the finance profession. The Finance faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno are dedicated to presenting students with solid fundamentals, along with cutting edge topics and techniques in investments, portfolio management, working capital management, and real estate investment.

    The program also serves to develop strong technical and analytical skills in the area of finance, considerably beyond the introductory level courses presented to undergraduates, and helps students acquire the core conceptual knowledge about the applications of those skills in solving financial business problems and furthering the body of knowledge through ongoing research. It emphasizes the skills needed to succeed in the business community, including teamwork, leadership and the ability to communicate effectively.

    The Master of Science in Finance program, which primarily targets those students with Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, and quantitative backgrounds who wish to pursue or advance their careers in Finance, is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

    Learn more about the M.S. in Finance program

Careers with a degree in finance

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

The strength of the college is its people.

At the College of Business we provide premier business education, preparing students to become competitive, ethical and innovative business professionals to drive economic development and improve quality of life for all.

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