Finance is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process of acquiring needed funds. It encompasses the oversight, creation and study of money, banking, credit, investments, assets and liabilities that make up financial systems.


Is a degree in Finance for me?

A successful career in finance calls for a unique set of skills ideally suited to those who are outgoing and inquisitive by nature. Using your mathematical aptitude and abilities, you'll make suggestions to continue the financial growth of your organization or client based on their goals, resources, and options.


What will I learn as a Finance major?

The finance major prepares graduates for a variety of career possibilities including, bank management, corporate and international finance, investment banking, retirement planning, risk management, and securities analysis. It also provides an excellent platform for students to continue their education with advanced degrees in business, such as master’s degrees in finance, accounting, economics, and business. With research-active faculty, numerous scholarship, internship, and study abroad opportunities, students will develop the skills needed to be well-rounded competitors in this growing field.


The Haile Student Investment Fund 

The Haile Student Investment Fund (HSIF) was initiated in the spring of 2011, with an initial capital of $465,000. Under the leadership of faculty member Dr. Jang-Chul Kim, the fund is managed as part of FIN 450, Advanced Investment Analysis. Since its inception, the HSIF has consistently out-performed broad market indexes including the S&P 500 Index. As a result of our performance, the HSIF received a Five-Star Rating from Morningstar, Inc.


Alumni Spotlight

“NKU's Finance program in the College of Business provided me with the comprehensive education needed to succeed in a fast-paced, competitive marketplace.  The program equipped me with an understanding of financial management concepts and interrelated finance theories, providing a foundation on which to build my Treasury career.”

Brandon M. Bullock, CTP
Treasury Manager
Intertape Polymer Group


  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial managers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Candidates with expertise in accounting and finance—particularly those with a master's degree or certification—should enjoy the best job prospects.


Jillian Ross
Academic Coordinator,
Department of Ecomonics & Finance
(859) 572-6526

Career Paths

A graduate in this major has a variety of career options such as:

  • Bank management and operations
  • International finance
  • Investment banking
  • Retirement planning
  • Risk management
  • Securities analysis and research