Wilkes University

Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Skyscraper

The quickest path to your C-suite corner office begins with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance at Wilkes University.

Today’s corporations need savvy financial officers who can make informed strategic fiscal decisions. The financial health of an organization and its survival in the marketplace depends on the information provided by its chief financial officer, including tracking cash flow, forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, records and compliance, and risk management. Wilkes University’s bachelor of science in corporate finance gives you the edge over other generalized finance degrees by:

  • providing a curriculum that distinguishes itself from most other finance programs by offering a greater number of courses dedicated directly to corporate finance;
  • the use of Wilkes’ state-of-the-art Bloomberg Finance Lab that provides an array of analytical tools to make informed decisions about investments. The Bloomberg Finance Lab has 12 dedicated terminals and a real-time stock market quotes that gives students valuable financial industry experience;
  • a one-on-one mentoring program with professors, not teaching assistants, who give each and every student the nurturing support they need to be successful;
  • access to Wilkes University’s business incubators including the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center, and the Family Business Alliance, all allowing students to utilize what they are learning in the classroom and apply that knowledge to real-world functioning businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for professionals in the corporate financial sector will grow by 19 percent over the next 10 years, which is almost triple the average of other professions. In 2017, the median pay for financial investment professionals with a bachelor’s degree was $125,080, triple the national average. In 2017, Financial Director was 10th out of 100 in the Best

Jobs in America ranking by CNN Money. Jobs in the corporate financial sector investments include:

  • Chief financial officer
  • Risk management specialist
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Director of finance
  • Senior business analyst

Graduates of the Corporate Finance program will be able to:

  • explain the costs and benefits of the separation of ownership and control in the typical large firm;
  • understand how market frictions can influence financial decisions;
  • explain how investment and financing decisions can create and destroy value;
  • make and effectively communicate sound and ethical financial decisions by calculating and interpreting standard financial-decision metrics such as net present worth (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), duration, Sharpe ratio, and yield to maturity (YTM);
  • understand and quantify risk, make sound and ethical financial decisions in a risky environment, and design financial strategies for managing business risks;
  • demonstrate appropriate application of performance measurement skills;
  • understand the regulatory and professional standards and pronouncements relevant to their degree program and be able to apply that authoritative guidance appropriately in specific contexts;
  • use appropriate models and technology;
  • communicate professionally.

At the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, all students follow a comprehensive curriculum that includes:

  • foundational, comprehensive arts, sciences, mathematics and humanities courses;
  • classes that feature basic knowledge of business management principles;
  • required core business classes for all Sidhu Business School students;
  • a full 31 credits of finance-specific courses;
  • a three-credit experiential internship with a finance-based company;
  • completion of personal and professional development series that helps students recognize and use their unique strengths and skills to prepare them for both a meaningful and rewarding career and life.

Recent students have interned with:

  • Fellerman & Ciarimboli
  • GUARD Insurance Group
  • Medical Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot University Center on Main. The facility includes an electronic stock ticker, seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students, and student club spaces that allow for collaboration on projects.

The Cardell Financial Center connects students to the finance world with state-of-the-art technology that provides real-time data and news. Located on the first floor of UCOM, the center features 12 Bloomberg trading terminals, four personal computers, a projector, and two LCD monitors. The adjacent Ted Engel Room provides printing services for students.

Finance majors can earn Bloomberg Market Concepts certification and also complete financial analyses for classes such as FIN 343 Investments and Portfolio Management, FIN 219 Financial Analysis, and FIN 319 Financial Derivatives. The Finance Club uses center resources to manage its investment portfolio and to participate in finance-related competitions such as the CQA Investment Challenge and the Community Bank Case Study Competition. Other business students benefit from the center’s numerous resources as well. The prestigious CQA Institute Advanced Investment Management course, an annual two-week boot camp hosted by Wilkes University, conducts classes and training in the Cardell Center for college students from across the country. 

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a U.S. organization offering accreditation services to business programs focused on teaching and learning.  The Bachelor of Science program in Corporate Finance of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is a new degree program and has not yet successfully produced graduates. Since new programs must be in effect for at least two years and have graduates before accreditation will be granted by ACBSP, a formal review will take place during the next Self-Study.