The Finance major is divided into two areas of emphasis: the Financial Management Emphasis and the Financial Planning Emphasis. The Financial Management Emphasis prepares students to perform effectively in a variety of financial management activities. Graduates can pursue careers in small business, corporate financial management, banking, insurance, investment management, real estate, and mortgage companies. Course work involves the study of financial instruments, financial practices, the structure and functions of financial institutions, the legal and economic context within which financial operations are conducted, investment analysis, portfolio management, business forecasting, and economic analysis.
The Financial Planning Emphasis prepares students for careers as financial advisors. Financial planning is one of the fastest growing segments of the financial serviced industry. Career opportunities are found in financial planning firms of various sizes, law firms, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and accounting firms. Financial Planners are also hired by corporations to organize and maintain employee benefit plans and by bank trust departments. Course work centers around wealth creation and retention. Areas of study include investments, risk management, estate planning, taxation, and analysis of retirement-based programs.
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP(with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Northeastern State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP(with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as the Northeastern State University Financial Planning Area of Emphasis (a CFP Board-Registered Program), have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements.