Finance Major

On Campus and Online Options

Excel in the World of Finance

Students majoring in Finance develop the analytical abilities and problem-solving skills needed to identify business problems and opportunities and utilize a wide variety of skills to implement solutions to these problems. Emphasis is placed on acquiring an understanding of financial systems from both a market and managerial viewpoint through courses in business finance, financial institutions and markets, and investments, among others. Coursework in business, accounting, and economics both complement and augment the finance curriculum allowing for a broader understanding and analysis of factors affecting the financial sector.

Both inside and outside of the classroom, opportunities are available to explore the many areas of finance. Events such as Company Spotlights introduce students to members of the local business community and provide an overview of employment prospects available through internships and following graduation. Through participation in the Spartan Investment Club, students are provided with learning opportunities through various competitions and challenges, assistance in preparing for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification exam, and interaction with professionals in the field of finance.

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Online Flexibility

The Finance major is offered on campus or 100% online for maximum flexibility

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Explore the principles of finance through classes in theory, analysis, and operation

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Enter a field with high job growth and diverse employment opportunities

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General Program of Study

Credit Hours # of Courses
General Education Courses
33-34 hours 11
Bryan School Pre-Admission Courses 29 hours 10-11
Common Business Core Courses 41 hours 15
Major Course Requirements
15 hours 5
Electives sufficient to complete 120 total credit hours required for the degree


I believe the Finance Program at UNCG gave me a strong foundation to start my career in the finance industry. The knowledge gained from classes, the network opportunities facilitated by faculty and staff, and the easy access to local companies provided me with all the tools necessary to launch my new career.

– Fabiola Henriques, 2019 graduate


A degree in finance will prepare you for a variety of business positions and is currently among the top business majors in demand by employers with projected growth at 11% through 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Our graduates pursue careers in corporate finance, financial management, business advisory services, financial planning, financial analysis, real estate, and banking. Complex and frequent changes to regulations and tax laws help create demand for financial professionals and nearly 80% of our finance graduates find employment in the field after graduation, while many go on to pursue advanced degrees. Majoring in finance prepares you for graduate programs such as the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well as a more focused MBA with a concentration in finance.

  • Bank of America
  • Bankers Life
  • BB&T
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Nanotherapeutics
  • Nestle
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Smith Leonard PLLC
  • State Employees Credit Union
  • State Farm
  • TIAA
  • United States Senate
  • United Technologies
  • UNC Greensboro
  • Vanguard
  • VF Corporation
  • Volvo Group
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • XPO Logistics

Military-Affiliated Students

UNCG has been named both Best for Vets and a Military Friendly School. We’re a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and are proud to offer a variety of benefits for veterans, active-duty military, and military-affiliated students, such as:

  • Online application fee waiver for active-duty service members
  • In-state tuition for out-of-state students (in accordance with the Veterans Choice Act)
  • Credit for relevant military service/training
  • Tutoring assistance

For more information on UNCG Military-Affiliated services and benefits, visit

Have Questions?

If you have any questions regarding our finance program, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Randy Elder ([email protected]) or call 336-334-5647. Or, if you are interested in studying online, you may reach out directly to [email protected].

Randy Elder
Dr. Randy Elder

Department Head
FORVIS Professor

[email protected]

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