Undergraduate: Major

Richard J. Wehle School of Business

Study finance and open up countless career opportunities in areas such as personal finance, helping families and individuals invest and manage money; and corporate finance.  You will also have the knowledge to guide companies to invest and fund business activities, work in public finance, or with government and public entities such as libraries, school districts, and public health organizations.

Program Description

The Canisius BS in finance prepares you for work in personal, corporate or public finance. Curriculum emphasizes four key areas including business finance, investment and portfolio management, financial markets, and institutions and risk analysis.

Finance majors (and students majoring in business or liberal arts) can enroll in the five-year MBA program to earn both an undergraduate degree and MBA in as little as five years. You can further enhance your career skills and qualifications by taking a concentration of courses designed to help you prepare for exams for licenses such as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), insurance broker, or stock broker.  Learn to use the latest tools and technologies employed by finance professionals including spreadsheets, databases, statistical software and other business technologies.

Career Preparation through the Business Exploration Program

The Business Exploration (Bus-X) program is a sequence of courses available to business majors designed to give you the tools to create your own path to professional success. With personalized coaching and experiential learning opportunities, Bus-X will transform a first-year business students into a career-ready business professional.

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The Canisius BS in finance was the only Western New York program and only one of four programs in New York State to be ranked in US News & World Report’s list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs for 2019. The peer ranking placed Canisius in the top 5% of all institutions to be ranked nationally (out of 418 colleges and universities). Job placement for Canisius finance majors is consistently at or near 100%. This inlcudes students participating in the college's Golden Griffin Fund program who are heavily recruited each year by financial firms in Western New York and throughout the US.

Top 5%

Best Undergraduate Business Programs in the Nation, 2019 - US News & World Report


Job placement for Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) program participants

Extended Learning Opportunities

The Finance program at Canisius offers students a number of exciting opportunitites to develop their business skills and gain recognition and accolades at national and international events.

Career Preparation

Jeff Spencer '17 shares his experience studying finance + economics at Canisius College, describing how Canisius helped him prepare for his career.


Supportive Alumni Network

Meghan Federico '17 credits the supportive alumni network for their help in her career preparation. Hear her story.


Distinguished Students

Cory Cullen '17 talks about how he was able to set himself apart from other job applicants because of the experience and career preparation he received at Canisius, particularly with the Golden Griffin Fund.


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