Goodwin College of Business

Finance

Learn the Skills You Need to Succeed in the Data-Driven Financial Services Industry

The financial services industry is changing rapidly and significantly, driven by data and information technology. To succeed in this dynamic environment, financial professionals need to be able to understand and apply complex concepts like data analysis, probability, decision-making, investment science, risk, uncertainty, and machine learning.

In Benedictine University’s Finance program, you’ll learn from accomplished financial experts who will teach you the theoretical and practical foundations of these concepts. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on real-world problems in the finance field, so you can graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to launch a successful career.

Whether you’re interested in a career in investment banking, commercial banking, wealth management, or another area of the financial services industry, the Finance program at Benedictine University will give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

The BenU Difference

A comprehensive understanding of the intricate world of finance

At Benedictine University, the Finance program stands as a beacon of excellence, offering a comprehensive understanding of the intricate world of finance, from risk management to portfolio construction. Anchored in the vibrant financial ecosystem of Chicago, our curriculum prepares students for a promising future in this dynamic field.

Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on projects, providing a realistic glimpse into the challenges faced in the professional finance landscape. Our program allows you to dive deep into the financial realm with two pivotal concentrations: Investment Finance, with its spotlight on financial markets and modeling, and Corporate Finance, emphasizing M&A and corporate valuation.

Are you ready to carve a niche in the finance world? Let’s embark on this journey together.

Benefits of the Finance Program

  • Dynamic Projects: Engage in project-based learning, allowing for the development of practical skills and an understanding of real-world financial challenges.
  • CFA Research Challenge: Participate in this renowned competition and pit your financial analytical skills against teams from top universities.
  • Certification Ready: The program is tailored to assist students in their journey towards renowned certifications such as CFA, CFP, FRM, and CAIA.
  • Mentoring & Experiential Learning: Our students benefit from real-world projects, collaborating with local businesses and leading financial institutions. From research projects for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to model development with industry players, students are prepared for the real world long before they graduate.

Investment Mastery

Join our Investment Club and immerse in the intricacies of portfolio management, risk analysis, and stock selection. As part of the Investment Club, students get a rare opportunity to manage an equity fund, equipping them with tangible investment experience. With expert guidance, manage a growing fund, currently valued at nearly $285,000.

Alumni Success Stories

The program is tailored to assist students in their journey towards renowned certifications such as CFA, CFP, FRM, and CAIA. Graduates from our program have marked their presence in prestigious institutions such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morningstar Inc., BP plc., and Northern Trust Corp., among others. Their journeys echo the quality and impact of our program, guiding students towards a successful career in the finance domain.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Finance program:

  • Investments
  • Capital Acquisition and Alternative Investments
  • Financial Risk Management

Finance courses (FINA)

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Programs

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Finance, BBA – Lisle

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Finance Minor – Lisle

Concentrations

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Investment Finance – Lisle

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Corporate Finance – Lisle

Locations

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Lisle

Student Testimonial

Nathan Dossantos

Nathan Dossantos

Class of Fall 2023

“I love how Benedictine is both small and growing at the same time. Meeting my teachers has been great. They really empower students to have a voice on campus. BenU isn’t just a community you are part of–you ARE the community and you have an active role in shaping the culture.”

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