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BS in Finance

Shorelight - University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 33,000

Course Accredited By

AACSB

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
Students majoring in finance will have access to faculty that brings both extensive real-world experience and an active research agenda on a variety of subjects into the classroom. They acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and active learning.

Curriculum

  • Our curriculum is built to help students focus on their dream careers within finance. The rich list of elective courses introduces students to various fields including corporate financial analysis, business valuation, investments and portfolio management, banking, international finance, trading, and risk management. Through close ties with finance professionals, we supplement the course materials with guest speakers from across the financial sectors. Our research faculty provides students with innovative educational programs that help students apply new insights to critical business problems.

Program Outcomes

With a finance degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports and forecasts
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to find opportunities for expansion or for acquiring other companies
  • Help management make financial decisions
  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments or portfolios
  • Study a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks and bonds
  • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, oil and gold
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements
  • UIC Business students are prepared for jobs in corporate finance, banking, investment management, and financial services positions.

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • July 2023
  • October 2023
  • December 2023

KENYA

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C /7
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C /7
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms B-/8

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

UGANDA

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required.
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C7
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C7
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms B5

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms E/5
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms E/5
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

UNITED KINGDOM

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms GCE

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

BTEC

  • (BTEC) National Extended Diploma (Level 3)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms 96 UCAS Points or MMM Grade

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 college preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the minimum age requirement of the university
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B or 4
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms NA
  • 5 college preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the minimum age requirement of the university.
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B or 4

English Requirements

Certificate IELTS

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.0
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 No sub-score below 6.0
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5 No subscore below 4.5
  • AAP (2 Terms) 5.5 No subscore below 5.0

TOEFL

  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40
  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • ID (2 Terms) 80 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 12
  • AAP (2 Terms) 68 No subscore below 14

Degree Requirements

  • To earn a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Finance degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.
  • In order to complete the department courses required for the major and to take advantage of the available career path groups listed below, the following requirements must be met by the second semester of the sophomore year: average grade B or better in FIN 300 taken at UIC; or a grade of C or better in FIN 300 taken at UIC and a passing grade in the Finance Placement Exam (FPE). Information on FPE is available on the Department of Finance website.

Course List

Code Title Hours

  • Summary of Requirements
  • General and Basic Course Requirements 48 hrs
  • Business Core 42 hrs
  • Major Requirements 21 hrs
  • Business Electives 9
  • Total Hours 120 hrs

General and Basic Course Requirements

  • See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

  • See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.
  • Major Requirements

Course List

Code Title Hours

Required Courses 

  • FIN 310 Investments 3hrs
  • FIN 320 Managerial Finance 3 hrs
  • 15 additional hours at the 300- or 400-level in the Department of Finance. See lists below for career path suggestions. 15 hrs
  • Total Hours 21 hrs
  • Business Electives

Course List

Code Title Hours

Courses 

  • Nine hours at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level chosen from courses in the College of Business Administration with a maximum of three hours at the 200-level. See lists below for career path suggestions. Students may elect any combination of business courses to fulfill the elective requirement. 9

Total Hours 9

Course Suggestions for Finance Careers

  • Students should select courses based upon their interests and career goals. The finance courses listed below suggest which courses are most appropriate for alternative career paths.

Corporate Finance and Risk Management

  • This area provides an introduction to the work of the financial officer of a company focusing on financial statements, financial characteristics, and financial strategies of different types of firms.

Course List

Code Title Hours

Courses 

12 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 340 International Financial Markets 3 hrs
  • FIN 416 Options and Futures Markets 3 hrs
  • FIN 421 Advanced Corporate Finance 3 hrs
  • FIN 422 Alternative Investments: Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Hedge Funds 3 hrs
  • FIN 423 Financial Modeling, Analysis, and Decision Making 3 hrs
  • FIN 430 Introduction to Money and Banking 3 hrs
  • FIN 442 International Corporate Financial Management 3 hrs

3 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 419 Behavioral Finance 3 hrs
  • FIN 424 Financial Communication 3 hrs
  • FIN 425 Energy Finance 3hrs
  • Investment Management
  • This area provides an introduction to the theory and practice of managing investments. The professional investment manager must be aware of the vast range of investments available in the modern economy, the factors that determine returns and risks, and methods used to hedge risks.

Course List

Code Title Hours

Courses 

12 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 412 Portfolio Management 3hrs
  • FIN 415 Fixed Income Securities 3hrs
  • FIN 416 Options and Futures Markets 3 hrs
  • FIN 422 Alternative Investments: Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Hedge Funds 3 hrs
  • FIN 449 Applied Equity Investment Management 3 hrs
  • FIN 480 Market Microstructure and Electronic Trading 3 hrs

3 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 250 Personal Finance 3 hrs
  • FIN 419 Behavioral Finance 3 hrs
  • FIN 423 Financial Modeling, Analysis, and Decision Making 3 hrs
  • FIN 424 Financial Communication 3 hrs
  • FIN 425 Energy Finance 3 hrs
  • FIN 494 Special Topics in Finance (when the topic is Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains) 3 hrs
  • Financial Advising
  • Professionals in this field are responsible for managing the financial assets of their clients.

Course List

Code Title Hours

Courses 

12 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 250 Personal Finance 3hrs
  • FIN 412 Portfolio Management 3hrs
  • FIN 419 Behavioral Finance 3hrs
  • FIN 422 Alternative Investments: Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Hedge Funds 3hrs
  • FIN 424 Financial Communication 3hrs
  • FIN 449 Applied Equity Investment Management 3hrs
  • FIN 494 Special Topics in Finance (when the topic is Advanced Financial Planning) 3hrs

3 hours from the following: 

  • FIN 416 Options and Futures Markets 3hrs
  • FIN 430 Introduction to Money and Banking 3hrs
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  • FIN 494 topics available can be found on the department website.

Sample Business Major Curriculum

  • See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section.
  • Students should see their academic advisor for an individualized major map in their field of study.
  • Typical cost for two semesters $52,300 
  • Tuition $33,000 
  • Housing $13,000 
  • Dining $4,300 
  • Other $2,000

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