Finance at NIU
Bachelor of Science
Master the art of money management.
From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, businesses need people who can put money to work. As a finance major, you'll learn how to manage acquisitions and funds for individuals and organizations. With internships and other opportunities for hands-on learning, you'll have the business knowledge, skills and network for a fulfilling finance career.
I decided to major in finance because of the job market and because I really like working with numbers. One of my favorite aspects of finance is the importance of organization. I enjoy analyzing data and discovering trends and financial risks.
What Can I Do With a Finance Degree From NIU?
You'll be ready to handle important tasks related to purchasing, sales, asset management and investing for businesses, government offices and/or individuals.
Top skills reported by alumni:
- Financial analysis
- Investment management
- Strategic planning
Top fields alumni work in:
- Health care
- Information technology
Career Potential for NIU Finance Majors
Average mid-career salary:
Top employers include:
- Bank of America
- BMO Harris Bank
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Northern Trust Corporation
- Wintrust Financial Corporation
- Zurich North America
Job titles include:
- Chief financial officer
- Director of finance
- Finance manager
- Financial analyst
- Vice president
Source: Steppingblocks, 2023
What to Expect as a Finance Major at NIU
You’ll begin by taking core business and finance courses, as well as general education classes. Your senior year, you’ll take in-depth courses in investments, banking and/or corporate finance. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to gain real-world experience in areas like investments and portfolio management.
How We’ll Help You Succeed
Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).
Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.
With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.