With the ever-changing landscape of the investments industry, professionals who can analyze financial data to make sound fiscal decisions are in high demand.
With a dizzying array of financial products available in today’s modern investment landscape, knowledgeable financial investment professionals are needed to help clients navigate risk to secure their portfolios. Wilkes University’s bachelor of science degree in financial investments gives you an edge over generalized finance degrees by allowing you to:
- gain more in-depth knowledge with a highly-focused finance curriculum;
- access our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Finance Lab, with 12 dedicated terminals and a real-time stock market quotes for making informed decisions about investments;
- enjoy one-on-one mentoring with professors, not teaching assistants, who give each student the nurturing support they need to be successful;
- access resources in the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Kirby Enterprise Center business incubator, the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center, and the Family Business Alliance;
- apply classroom learning to real-world businesses in northeastern Pennsylvania.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for professionals in the financial sector will grow by 15 percent over the next 10 years, which is more than double the average of other professions. In 2017, the median pay for financial investment professionals with a bachelor’s degree was $90,640, double 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 financial investments field include:
- Financial advisor (wealth management)
- Financial analyst
- Financial services sales
- Quantitative analyst
- Director of financial planning
- Senior business analyst
Graduates of the Financial Investments program will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of investment theory;
- solve problems using their acquired knowledge of investment theory and appropriate application of investment valuation skills;
- explain the trade-off between risk and returns, and to explain methods of measuring and managing risk;
- use financial models, including those for optimal portfolios and the estimation of expected returns;
- 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;
- communicate professionally.
At Wilkes University’s Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, all students follow a comprehensive curriculum that includes:
- arts, sciences, mathematics and humanities courses;
- classes that feature basic foundational knowledge of business management principles;
- required specialized core business classes for all Sidhu students;
- a full 31 credits of finance-specific courses;
- a three-credit internship with a finance-based company;
- completion of personal and professional development series to help you recognize and use your unique strengths and skills to prepare for a meaningful and rewarding career and life.
Recent students have interned with:
- Ameriprise Financial
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
- GUARD Insurance Group
- Morgan Stanley
- Stifel Financial Corp.
The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot University Center on Main. The $3 million state-of-the-art facility includes a financial market trading room with an electronic stock ticker, seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students, and student club spaces that allow for collaboration on projects. To top it off, there’s even a Starbucks in the lobby.
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 Financial Investments 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.