Why Choose Nazareth for Finance?

Finance majors at Nazareth College benefit from:

  • Engaging with faculty who are committed to student success
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Exposure to various industry professionals
  • Strong alumni connections who provide multiple internship opportunities and jobs
  • 55+ study abroad opportunities, including programs with classes taught in English in China, Germany, France and South Korea.

 Program Highlights

  • Gain a foundation in the mechanics of corporate finance, financial markets, investments, and portfolio theory
  • Use financial industry data platforms in Nazareth's state-of-the-art finance lab
  • Apply analytical and software tools to real-life problems and decisions
  • Invest part of Nazareth's endowment portfolio through the student-managed Golden Flyer Investment Fund
  • Get mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis through the global Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge
  • Gain experience in research, patience, and independent thinking through the Adirondack Cup small-cap fund competition
  • Add the financial planning minor — the only local program for bachelor's degree students that's certified by the Certified Financial Planning Board — and you'll be prepared to take and pass the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) exam.
  • Build your connections and resume through one or more paid and/or credit-bearing internships
  • Take seminar-style classes and receive individualized mentoring from professors

Job outlook

Careers in finance are expected to grow up to 30% through 2024, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-2017 edition.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Zachary Mullally, alum of the finance degree program, finance major at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Zachary Mullally '21

Portfolio management associate, Cobblestone Capital Advisors

Major: finance
Minors: economics, financial planning

"The dedication from the professors was unmatched. The financial planning program specifically incorporated invaluable knowledge and experience from practicing professionals. Seeing how the textbook material applied to actual clients/scenarios in the real world allowed me to better conceptualize topics and understand their true value outside of the classroom. The investments course with Chauncey Joyce was one of the most beneficial to what I do now. He set the bar high and provided us with a fantastic opportunity to apply our knowledge as we progressed through each lesson. He was always there to help and dedicated much of his time to making sure the material was well understood before moving forward. Without his semester-long project, I don't believe I would have been nearly as prepared for the Series 65 exam required by my employer or my day-to-day trading responsibilities."

Example Careers

  • Financial analyst
  • Financial adviser  
  • Financial planner
  • Financial manager
  • Loan officer

Internships and Employers

  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Manning & Napier
  • LVW Advisors
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Principal Financial
  • B&P — Harris Corporation
  • Capstone Real Estate Development
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Nazareth Controller's Office
  • CSC Generation
  • Pyramid Brokerage Company
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