Offered as both a major and a minor, the risk management and insurance program at Saint Joseph’s University offers the opportunity to explore various aspects of managing insurance companies and mitigating risk for businesses. In most years, students who graduate from this program enjoy a placement rate approaching 100%.
Finance is a broad discipline covering topics that affect individuals, organizations and society. At Saint Joseph's, you'll gain exposure to all of these aspect of finance and prepare for careers in the financial realm. These careers require strong mathematical, computer and communication skills.
Finance majors learn how individuals, businesses and governments raise money, select investments and manage resources, while gaining an innovative understanding of global financial markets.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Our finance programs are flexible, allowing you to develop a curriculum tailored to your specific interests. You will take courses from across the finance curriculum, learning how fundamental financial decision-making tools are used in a variety of applications. This provides you with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of financial management, preparing you for job opportunities in a wide-range of enterprises.
Saint Joseph's University offers an accelerated bachelor's/master's program that allows current undergraduate finance students to start earning their Finance M.S., Organization Development & Leadership M.S., or MBA with a focus in finance during their senior year. This model enables you to complete your undergraduate and graduate work in just five years, instead of the traditional six or seven. Combining your bachelor's with a master's degree can help you save time and money.
Finance majors interested in this unique option must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be provisionally accepted before they complete their bachelor’s degree.
You can pursue a major in finance or a finance minor if you are majoring in another discipline. The minor can also serve as a complement to other business majors. Many students often decide to double major or add minors to their studies. Some common additional areas of study that students interested in major also pursue include:
What Can You do with a Degree in Finance?
A degree in finance from Saint Joseph's University provides appropriate preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate work in finance or other areas of business. You will be prepared to work in a wide range of industries, including economics, marketing, real estate, financial management, accounting and more. Students graduating with a degree in finance have gone on to pursue careers as:
- Financial analysts & advisers
- Loan officers
- Investment bankers
- Stock brokers
- Budget analysts
- Insurance underwriters
- Commodities traders
- Real estate agents
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-1300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above
- Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph's
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
- Earned credit may be submitted for review based on a timeline of less than or equal to 5 to 10 years between completion of course and enrollment at SJU
*Visit the transfer page for a detailed breakdown of courses and institutions eligible for transfer.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)