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.
Business Grads Get Jobs
86 percent of BW business majors are employed in their field of choice or attending graduate school within 12 months of graduation.
- Financial analyst
- Risk manager
- Stock broker
- Commodity trader
- Corporate accountant
- Financial officer
- Loan counselor
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.
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, fellowships, study abroad and a variety of co-curricular and other learning opportunities.
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.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. Recent finance graduates are finding success in a variety of careers.
Thomas Kasper ’15 is finance fellow at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. BW coursework provided the analytical tools to understand the complex and dynamic U.S. healthcare market. Internships enabled the North Olmsted, Ohio, native to explore opportunities in his field and land a job after graduation.
Ally Smith ’13 is fund accountant at The Townsend Group in Cleveland. She is a graduate of BW’s 3/2 program, earning bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance and an MBA in 5 years. Study abroad in Iceland gave the Strongsville, Ohio, native international experience that has distinguished her in job interviews.
Matt Bowen '12 is investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at UBS Investment Bank in New York City. He advises on a variety of corporate transactions for clients across several industries. Extracurricular activities and internships helped the Tiffin, Ohio, native secure a job in investment banking.
Deanna Stovicek ’12 is assistant administrator for the department of critical care medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She holds a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. BW courses provided the Willoughby, Ohio, native with a solid foundation to build upon in internships and graduate school.
Matthew Diamond ‘11 is finance manager at the Cleveland Clinic. Matthew joined the Cleveland Clinic through its finance fellowship program after learning about the program from BW career services staff. He is currently MBA candidate at John Carroll University. He is from Ashtabula, Ohio.
Justin Novak ’11 is manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young in Cleveland. He holds an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from BW. Justin interned at Ernst & Young and obtained a full-time position with the company two years prior to graduation. He is from Strongsville, Ohio.
Jameson D. Shipley '10 is senior manager of global logistics and supply chain for Ralph Lauren in New York City. Internships were pivotal experiences that helped him identify a passion for international business. The Richfield, Ohio, native also studied abroad in China and worked in BW’s business planning clinic.
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