Bachelor of Science
The Department of Finance offers a program of study leading to the degree of bachelor of science. In addition, the department offers a minor in finance.
Both programs are designed to expose students to the traditional areas of study within the discipline of finance: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.
Quantitative Track Option
The Department of Finance offers an advisory Quantitative Track option in its program plan of study for selected first-year students. This option provides the opportunity to complete the required courses in Finance with a stronger focus on quantitative aspects of Finance and an increased application of computer software/programs which may include Python, Excel, and/or other relevant tools. This may result in students being better prepared for quantitative careers in commercial banking/credit risk analysis, investment/wealth management, and corporate treasury management.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I
The B.S. degree in finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. It positions our students well to sit for the CFA Level I examination. The Chartered Financial Analyst designation (earned after successful completion of CFA Levels I, II, and III exams) has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
The CTP is the flagship for students desiring to pursue careers in Treasury Management. The finance department is a member and a participant in the Association of Finance Professionals (AFP) Corporate Treasury Management (CTM) Program. The CTP is the Global Standard of Excellence in Treasury Management. As a participant, the finance department has been granted access to the resources that will assist instructors in the delivery of the course and in preparing finance majors to sit for the CTP examination. The programs are called the PCSB Investment Management Track (PC-IMT) and Treasury Management Track respectively. Offering these options at the undergraduate level will provide Providence College students with a clear competitive advantage, increasing their value to a wide range of employers, including those involved with securities analysis, investment banking, treasury management, asset-liability management, and financial planning.
CFA & CTP Tracks
Rather than enrolling in free electives towards the minimum credit requirement for graduation, students in CFA and CTP Tracks are advised to enroll in:
For both CFA & CTP tracks:
For CFA track:
FIN 417 - Fixed Income Securities
Students may also enroll in the two-semester courses of
Risk Management Track
The Department of Finance offers a Risk Management Track as a partner to the Risk Management Association (RMA) of USA. The track is guided and supported by the Risk Management Track Task Force comprised of senior executives from Boston’s leading financial firms. The School of Business also has a partnership with the Saint John’s University (NY) Masters in Science program in Risk Management and Risk Analysis, which provides priority consideration and a potential tuition discount to PC Risk Management Track graduates.
Students in the Risk Management Track select four of the following courses:
Other optional courses related to Risk Management include:
Please note: Students following the Risk Management track do not earn this credential on the Providence College transcript. The list of courses is for advising purposes only for students interested in this career path.