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BS Finance

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Close connections to Chicago’s financial markets provide world-class experiential learning opportunities

Students majoring in finance have access to an active research faculty working across a wide range of subjects, including international finance, investment, corporate finance, finance economics and commodity markets. Exposure to new research and age-old questions prepares students to be leaders in the financial services industry.

CME Trading Lab

Our CME Trading Lab has the latest financial software, including Bloomberg Terminals, R, XTrader and OneTick. The free training students receive in these programs gives them a competitive edge in the job market.

Important Dates

First Year Applicants

Transfer Applicants


The finance curriculum prepares students for a range of opportunities in finance, including trading, corporate finance and banking. Through close ties with finance professionals, we supplement the course materials with guest speakers from across the financial sectors. Our research faculty provide students with innovative educational programs that help students apply new insights to critical business problems.

At UIC Business, we help students find their dream careers. Some students may choose a "specialization" for their studies that lead to certain career paths in finance. These include corporate financial analysis; investment management; banking; global finance; real estate; and risk management. 

For a full list of curriculum requirements, visit the UIC Catalog

For a full list of courses offered, visit the course catalog.

Program Outcomes

With a finance degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports and forecasts
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to find opportunities for expansion or for acquiring other companies
  • Help management make financial decisions
  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments or portfolios
  • Study a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks and bonds
  • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, oil and gold
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements

UIC Business students are prepared for jobs in corporate finance, banking, trading and financial services positions. 


UIC Business offers minors that add an edge to your degree.

Business Analytics

The hottest new area of business. Add insight to your marketing, management or IDS degree with a focus on the use of data-driven approaches to decision making and management.

Management Information Systems

Information systems are transforming business and have become critical to performing almost every function. Learn the latest software, tools and systems. This minor is a great complement to accounting, finance, marketing and management.

Program Faculty

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Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin

Clinical Associate Professor of Finance
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Gib Bassett

Department Head of Finance
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Oleg Bondarenko

Professor of Finance
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“My UIC coursework has already proved its worth. IDS 331 has been especially valuable for the work I’m doing at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and FIN 449 has given me fresh perspectives on investment problems. BA 420 changed how I operate in the workplace.”

Saif Sarvana, CME Group
BS '17

Career Success

Top Job Functions of 2014 Finance Students and Median Starting Salary

  • Corporate Finance $46,000
  • Wealth Management $58,000
  • Banking $47,000

Finance and Investment Group

The Finance and Investment Group is a student-run organization dedicated to helping finance students network, provide community service and get hands-on experience through special projects.

Living Classroom

Our close connections to Chicago’s finance community mean students get to hear from the hottest names in finance. Recent guests have included Erika Olson, Jim Oliff, Robert Engle, Richard Thaler and Nassim Taleb. Students have been invited to visit local trading firms.

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