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From high-end securities to low-risk management, finance is a dynamic field melding strategic thinking with skilled business practices.

As a finance major, you'll examine the sources and uses of funds within an organization as well as calculate returns and risks associated with capital budgeting.

Well respected in the business community, BW's Finance program prepares you for success. You'll learn from professors whose backgrounds include decades of corporate, government and nonprofit experience both national and international in scope.

At BW, real-world experiences are key. You can intern at renowned corporations and leading government agencies in Cleveland and nationwide.

You'll also gain skills and valuable networking contacts through BW's Center for Innovation and Growth, Business Clinic, Blackstone LaunchPad and student-led organizations.

The BW Investment Club provides students with an opportunity to actively manage a portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and cash. They serve as investment managers on behalf of Baldwin Wallace University in researching and developing strategies and undertaking asset allocation decisions.

Business Grads Get Jobs
Over 90 percent of BW graduates are employed in their field within six months of graduation. Many have multiple offers from prospective employers prior to graduation.

Business Honors Track
With a focus on sustainability, ethical business practices and leadership development, the Business Honors Track enables students to complete courses in their Business major or minor while building Honors credits. During senior year, students work on a year-long consulting project with a business partner. Students can apply for the Business Honors Track during their sophomore and junior years.

Multi-million Dollar Gift Benefits Business
Baldwin Wallace University's School of Business will benefit from a $15 million gift from alumnus Stephen Boesel '68. The gift is slated for student scholarships, faculty support, learning opportunities and a renowned business speaker series.

Career Opportunities

  • Financial analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Stock broker
  • Commodity trader
  • Corporate accountant
  • Financial officer
  • Auditor
  • Loan counselor
  • Treasurer
  • Controller


A comprehensive rigorous program, finance is offered as a major and minor. You'll examine the sources and uses of funds within an organization, the returns and risks related to an organization's working capital, and capital budgeting decisions.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


BW provides a supportive, professional environment. The average class size is 19 students, which allows for individual attention and faculty mentoring.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Investment Club
Students experience real life investing by managing a portfolio of stocks from the BW Endowment worth over $250,000. The students make decisions based on their own research of equity securities. Members have attended a shareholders meeting, visited the New York Stock Exchange and competed with other colleges in academic competitions. A number of Club alumni have received internships and employment at local and national firms specializing in finance and stock analysis.

Accounting Association
Networking and learning opportunities are a key part of this organization. Students interact with professionals through informative programs and guest speakers. Over 20 firms attend "Meet the Accountants Night," where many students make first connections for internships and jobs.

Blackstone LaunchPad
Open to students of every major, Blackstone LaunchPad is an innovative program that presents entrepreneurship as a viable career path and offers students concrete tools and guidance to transform ideas into thriving businesses. The LaunchPad offers students access to an extensive network of mentors, experts and services.

Business Clinic
Students receive training in business planning, client service and research through the Business Clinic. Students are teamed with successful entrepreneurs-in-residence to coach clients through the development of their business strategy. Clients include small business owners, new business entrepreneurs and not-for-profit boards and/or executive directors.

Business Honor Society
Students are connected with alumni and business leaders through the Business Honor Society. The Society encourages and supports a deep network of personal and professional contact through ongoing communication and special invitations to campus events.

Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG)
Infusing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout campus and Northeast Ohio is the crux of this signature Center. CIG offers outstanding professional networking and hands-on learning opportunities to students of every major. The CIG Student Fellows program places students alongside business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Through CIG Growth Consulting Projects, students assist CIG partners and other companies, nonprofits and government agencies in achieving growth through innovation.

A global, non-profit organization, Enactus helps students develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills as they learn, practice and teach principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for millions around the globe.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Open to students of all majors, SHRM provides career-minded students with information on networking, interviewing skills, professionalism and more. Members participate in Ohio Human Resources Games, an outstanding opportunity to network with professionals across the state.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.