Businesses, organizations and individuals must manage money to reach their goals. For an individual, the goal could be retiring at age 40. For a business, that may mean maximizing profits. For a food bank, increasing the number of people that it serves. Successfully reaching the goal requires proficiency in financial management.
To make sure that you are prepared for a career in finance, our faculty provide experiences that allow you to apply your growing finance knowledge. For example, our finance students make actual investment decisions and help grow our student-managed Krause investment fund. Yep! You are managing real money before you graduate. This experience and others ensure you'll be highly capable of managing financial assets for a variety of organizations and individuals who need a financial expert to thrive and grow.
Value of student-managed funds
Krause Fund $380K, Panther Fund $130K (2021)
Top 10 Career
A study of job postings in the Des Moines area (2019-2021) revealed Financial Management in the Top 10. (STAMATS)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Financial Managers in 2021.
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What's the difference between finance and accounting?
Although related, finance and accounting are very different. Finance professionals look at income statements and cash flow reports prepared by accountants to make future financial decisions.
They analyze expenditures to decide when a company or individual should borrow money, issue or buy stocks and bonds, etc. A simple way to look at it, accounting reports on spending of the past where finance decides how funds will be spent in the future.
Finance Major Career Tracks
A UNI Finance degree provides you with the tools to excel in a finance career immediately following graduation. Depending on your career goals, our program provides three emphases that will help you reach those goals.
Acquire the financial decision-making expertise used in any corporation, financial institution or small business.
Gain knowledge in analyzing financial markets and managing financial assets such as stocks and bonds.
Personal Wealth Planning
Attain proficiency in financial planning for the future and help others build their personal financial assets.
With a Finance degree from UNI Business, you'll be highly capable in organizing and managing assets for a variety of companies and individuals. The career paths in finance are as varied as the industries and organizations who hire Finance degree graduates.
Some careers include:
- Financial Advisor
- Loan Analyst
- Portfolio Analyst
- Financial Planner
- Loan Officer
- Personal Banker
- Financial Manager
- Mortgage Analyst
- Stock Broker
- Securities Analyst
Classes like Principles of Investments and Advanced Financial Management will quickly get you up to speed on how to analyze, manage and invest money for financial firms, groups of individuals or individual investors. All finance classes are taught by faculty who have years of experience preparing students like you for life in the financial world.
- Corporate Finance
- Principles of Investments
- Intermediate Financial Management
- Advanced Financial Management
- Securities Analysis
- Options and Futures
- Real Estate Finance
- Commercial Bank Management
- International Financial Management
- Fixed Income Analysis
- Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
- Applications of Financial Planning
- Personal Wealth Management
Our graduates are in demand! Whether you want to start your own firm and become a financial advisor or work as a loan analyst at a bank, you’ll be getting the business knowledge and professional skills to succeed at UNI’s College of Business.
Here are a few of the companies where our finance alumni work:
- Northwestern Mutual
- AEGON | Transamerica
- Collins Aerospace
- Cottingham & Butler
- Fareway Stores
- Farm Bureau Financial Services
- Federated Mutual Insurance Company
- Fidelity Bank & Trust
- Grinnell Mutual
- Johnson and Johnson
- Principal Financial Group
- Quicken Loans
- Veridian Credit Union
- Wells Fargo
Beyond the Classroom
Shape your leadership skills and have some fun by joining a student organization.
The University of Northern Iowa Finance Club is the premier student organization for finance students and is well-respected by business professionals across the Midwest. As a UNI Finance Club member, you’ll have access to the latest career information, attend networking events with potential employers or recruiters and increase your social interaction with other students who are majoring in finance.
The Mission of Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service. Members participate in activities to accomplish their goals of self-improvement and leadership development.