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Finance, BS , BS to MBA , Minor

Overview

Do you envision yourself pursuing a career in financial planning or banking? Choose the finance major in the DeSales Division of Business.

In our finance program, you'll take courses in areas like banking, security analysis, risk management, taxation, and international finance. You have the option to customize your finance major to prepare for your unique career goals. In the Financial Planning Track option, you'll participate in our Certified Financial Planner CFP® Board Registered Program. Upon completion of the track, you'll be eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. You can even get your MBA in five years through our B.S. to MBA option.

Whether you study in the library or next to the live ticker in the Talen Energy Trading Room, your classes here will give you a glimpse for what it's like to work on Wall Street.

Finance class at DeSales University

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

When to Apply
We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT scores—official from the College Board or on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

Curriculum

What path do you want to pursue? Do you see yourself working for a large corporation, or operating independently as a certified financial planner?

At DeSales, you'll have the opportunity to choose an area of focus within the Finance major. Our program includes three options: general finance degree, the general degree with the financial planning track, and the option for a BS/MBA in four and a half years.

Each track includes coursework to help you specialize your finance degree to match your specific career goals.

Faculty

At DeSales, you'll learn from experienced faculty who have industry experience in a variety of organizations. Faculty bring real-life examples and innovative teaching techniques to create an exciting, hands-on learning environment.

Facilities

The DeSales University Gambet Center includes state-of-the-art technology and equipment for Business education.

The second floor of the Center is home to the undergraduate business division and the MBA program. Through the Gambet Center, you'll have access to some of the most cutting-edge technologies and programs in the field: 

The Center is a showcase of green architecture featuring environmentally advanced design consistent with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Talen Trading Room at DeSales The Talen Energy Trading Room is used by DeSales University business and finance students. State-of-the-art software simulates real-world market situations and portfolio management.

Video: Explore the Trading Room

Careers & Internships

As a graduate of the Finance program, you'll be prepared to pursue a variety of careers including banking, financial management, financial planning, security analysis, and insurance. If you choose a specialty in personal financial planning, you can become a financial advisor or work for financial institutions such as banks, savings institutions, credit unions, brokerage firms, or law offices.

Before graduation, the completing an internship is a great way to discover what type of business environment you prefer. Internships can also help inform your job search after graduation. Experiential learning is a way for you to apply what you have learned, grow your skills, and make connections in your field. Our Career Development Center can provide resources to help you find an internship that's right for you.

Did You Know?

The average salary for Personal Financial Planning jobs in PA is $66,000. And, according to a January 2016 report by the New York Federal Reserve, the early-career median wage for finance majors is $47,000 (compared to $38,000 across all majors) with a mid-career median of $80,000.

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2018-2019

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $36,000

Room and Board - $12,800
Mandatory Fees - $1,400
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $50,400
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,386
Personal Expenses - $2,434
Total cost for resident students: $54,220

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $36,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $37,400
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,386
Personal Expenses - $2,434
Transportation Costs - $2,326
Total cost for commuter students: $43,546

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $36,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $37,400
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,386
Personal Expenses - $2,434
Transportation Costs - $2,326
Living Expenses - $6,851
Total cost for off-campus students: $50,397
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

 

ACBSP Global Business Accreditation

Business Programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). 

Download DeSales ACBSP Self Study (pdf)

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Dual Major Opportunity

Are you interested in two different areas of study? Pursue both interests by completing a dual major. At DeSales, you can complete two degrees in the traditional four-year period by taking coursework for your first major during your freshman and sophomore years. Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more!

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