Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type



School of Business

Whether you want to work on Wall Street in stocks and bonds or you want to help individuals build their assets as a personal financial advisor, the Finance emphasis will provide the foundation you need to achieve your professional goals.

Program Overview

Learn how to navigate the world of finance.

The Finance emphasis will teach you about the theory and application of financial analysis. You’ll learn how to prepare, analyze and interpret financial information and apply financial theories to make sound business decisions. In the program, you’ll also learn how to apply the basic principles of security markets to create, evaluate and manage security portfolios and understand the risk-reward relationships that go into every financial decision. For an immersive educational experience, you can join Western’s award-winning team in the Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge or launch a start-up in the Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab on upper campus.

With high salaries and in demand careers, Finance is a very popular choice among Business Administration students. Upon graduation, you can pursue careers in financial analysis, financial management, accounting and compliance at large firms like Charles Schwab, FactSet, Northwestern Mutual and Wells Fargo in Denver and Colorado Springs.

An in-demand career

With high salaries and strong demand for graduates, Finance is a very popular choice among Business Administration students. Recent graduates have been placed with firms including Charles Schwab, FactSet, Northwestern Mutual and Wells Fargo.


Code Title Credits Description
BUAD 322 Financial Planning 3 View
BUAD 380 Commercial Lending & Credit Analysis 3 View
BUAD 402 Commercial Bank Management 3 View
BUAD 415 Portfolio Management 3 View
BUAD 460 Advanced Managerial Finance 3 View
BUAD 461 Investments 3 View
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3 View
ECON 361 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Get Involved

Apply your education to the real-world.

Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.

  • Career Fairs: Connect with future employers during the various career fairs in the School of Business and around Colorado.
  • ICELab: The Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab on upper campus is a space that provides startups and expanding businesses with the materials and support needed to succeed.
  • Office of Career Success: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.
  • Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.

Incubating success

A group of students study in the ICElab, an entrepreneurial hub that supports new and growing businesses with coworking spaces,
professional development, and a diverse network of mentors, programs, and opportunities.

Department Information

School of Business


Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Coordinator

Jordan L’Heureux

Program Coordinator, Outdoor Industry MBA

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231