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.

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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:

  • Budgeting
  • Financial analysis
  • Investment management
  • Sales
  • Strategic planning

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing

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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
  • Consultant
  • 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. 

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

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.

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3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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