Programs of Study
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
The finance specialization within the BSBA program builds on the school’s Common Body of Knowledge, a required core of courses in accounting, economics, statistics, and other business disciplines. After an introductory course in finance, students complete a course in investments that aligns with the exam content for the professional certified financial planner (CFP) designation. A one-year cycle of courses in corporate financial management uses MBA-level texts and combines financial theory, case studies, and database management.
Students round out the program by choosing finance electives that match their personal interests or professional goals. Seniors synthesize their knowledge and skills in a senior capstone experience, completing either a thesis or a business valuation project.
- Degree Program: Finance – Business Administration (PDF)
- Course Catalog
- Finance Check Sheet/Suggested Four-Year Sequence
Minor in Finance
The five-course finance minor provides a solid foundation in the field and complements almost any major. An understanding of finance is valuable in many aspects of life, both personally and professionally.
Minor in Wealth Management and Financial Planning (WM/FP)
The wealth management and financial planning (WM/FP) minor is open to all majors. It comprises 5 course units. The WM/FP Minor is ideal for students who are from other majors but are willing to strengthen knowledge and expertise for future professional growth and are interested in potentially pursuing careers in the financial planning industry.
Emphasis on Experiential Learning
A TCNJ finance education integrates the theoretical foundation of the classroom with the practical application of real-world skills. Our students graduate with a competitive edge: real experience in applying the information and technology that drive decision-making across global financial markets.
Student Investment Fund is a diversified financial portfolio valued at more than $700,000 and managed by students making buy and sell decisions. Students analyze stocks and pursue investment strategies to increase returns or improve the fund’s asset allocation and risk management. Real money. Real risk. Real responsibility.
Financial Learning Center gives students access to a Bloomberg terminal, the same global information platform used by finance professionals to analyze real-time financial data and monitor news on stock and bond markets. The Bloomberg terminal brings real-world relevance to class projects, independent research, and the Student Investment Fund. Students can also jumpstart their careers by completing the Bloomberg Essentials and Bloomberg Market Concepts training programs.
Mayo Business Plan Competition gives student teams the chance to pitch viable business plans to a panel of alumni and other business professionals, with $50,000 in prize money at stake. Open to all majors, the competition allows finance students to collaborate with peers in other disciplines—from marketing to multimedia—on a team-based project, modeling business world practices.
Global Study Abroad immerses students in the reality that markets are now international, with data and dollars crossing time zones 24/7. Studying abroad to gain firsthand perspectives on the global marketplace is invaluable for finance majors. TCNJ offers dozens of study abroad opportunities; in most cases, courses taken abroad count toward the finance program’s requirements.
Prominent Internships and Career Pathways
Students leverage our proximity to the financial centers of New York City and Philadelphia to land highly competitive internships, heading to J.P. Morgan, Ameriprise Financial, Bloomberg Financial Services, CIT Group, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and other top firms. These internships frequently turn into offers of full-time employment, contributing to our graduates’ strong track record of first-job success.
Finance majors work in banks, financial institutions, brokerage houses, major corporations, and government settings. Recent graduates have received offers from Bank of America, Bloomberg, CIT Group, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, and each of the Big 4 accounting firms. Our graduates successfully sit for the difficult exams required to earn such professional designations as chartered financial analyst (CFA) and certified financial planner (CFP).
Many finance majors choose to pursue a JD or an MBA after graduation. In addition to law and business, students enter graduate programs in a wide variety of fields, including health services, statistics, public policy, and accounting. Our graduates are accepted into programs at top schools, including Columbia, Penn, Duke, and NYU.
CFA Institute Recognized
The College of New Jersey School of Business finance program is affiliated with the CFA Institute and prepares students to take the CFA Level 1 exam and seek to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. This designation is achieved by passing a series of three rigorous exams adhering to code of ethics and standards of practice observed by the CFA Institute. The TCNJ finance program is one of 150 universities worldwide recognized as a CFA Institute® University Affiliation Program.
The College of New Jersey’s Financial Management Association chapter serves three main purposes:
- Assist in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in accounting, finance, banking, and investments;
- Provide an association for college students actively interested in these fields; and
- Encourage interaction between business executives, faculty, and students of business and finance.
Lions on Wall Street assists students in receiving coveted internships and jobs within the financial services industry (investment banking, private equity, sales & trading, asset management, etc.).
Active Alumni Network
Our alumni are enthusiastic supporters of the program, visiting campus and networking with students. They serve as guest lecturers and participants in case studies for our classes and also provide data and information for use in class projects. Our alumni connect current students and new graduates with internship and employment opportunities. Faculty members keep in frequent contact with our alumni, who graciously give back to the program, nurturing an active TCNJ finance community.
Seung Hee Choi, PhD