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Consider a degree in finance
A bachelor’s degree in finance from Minot State University prepares you with the knowledge and decision-making skills needed to acquire, invest, and manage money.  It can open doors to careers in corporate financial management, financial analysis, banking, investments, real estate, financial planning, international business, and entrepreneurship. A finance minor compliments majors such as accounting and management.

Is finance right for you?

  • Financial advisors generally work for investment banks, insurance companies, mutual fund companies, pension funds, or securities firms.
  • Financial analysts gauge the performance, health, and value of potential investments.
  • Financial examiners must be detailed-oriented and able to review large volumes of documents.
    Most examiners work for the finance and insurance industries or federal and state governments.
    They may travel to investigate activities of a company and to enforce laws and regulations.
  • Portfolio managers manage investments for individuals, a group of people, or an institution.
  • Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and
  • Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare
    budget reports and monitor institutional spending.
  • Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties.
  • Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance.
    They explain various insurance policies and help clients choose plans that suit them.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial analysts earn a median pay of $96,220 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your finance degree

You can apply classroom knowledge to real world settings through internships. Many internships are initiated by employers, but you may seek out and develop your own internship opportunities. Internships may be full-time, part-time, or project-oriented, and internships earn University credit while you are financially compensated. All internships provide you with great hands-on learning opportunities and some lead to offers of employment.
Get involved
Enhance your skills and boost your knowledge by being involved in our seven student-run business clubs and organizations. Many of the clubs participate in state, regional, and national competitions, or attend business-related events, traveling to major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Omaha, and Washington, D.C. The MSU Finance Club manages the Student-Directed Investment Fund, which is a pool of real money that students have the responsibility of deciding how to invest.
Employment outlook
A career in finance offers high pay and fast career placement after graduation, and your employment outlook includes 9% job growth through 2031. Get a head start on your career and gain experience while earning your degree by pursuing a part-time job at a bank, accounting firm, or financial service company.
Learn with us
The College of Business is committed to active learning and preparing students for careers in business. Our facilities include:
  • The Slaaten Learning Center
  • Financial trading lab 
  • Corporate-style boardroom with video-conferencing equipment
  • Student lounge
  • Meeting room for student organizations and groups

As a finance major, you begin with the basics of accounting, business, marketing, and management and then receive in-depth training in corporate, personal, and entrepreneurial finance. You will leave with a thorough understanding of the financial process and be prepared to add value to any organization.

This program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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