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Finance

Overview

Do you have a talent for math and statistics? Are you a gamer who finds yourself following the stock market and business news the way your friends analyze box scores? Then you should consider studying finance, which is a great foundation for a career on Wall Street, in government or as an entrepreneur.

Finance is the study and science of managing money, but it also requires a gamer’s sense of creativity and imagination. Successful financial professionals cultivate an ability to synthesize complex information quickly and use it to take advantage of opportunities that others might miss.

At Hofstra, you’ll immerse yourself in the science and the practice of finance.

In the classroom, you’ll dive deeply into economics, monetary policy, and the fundamentals of domestic and international markets. Meanwhile, our location just 25 miles from New York City puts you at the center of the financial world, where you can sharpen your skills at internships with leading institutions like Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

You’ll also have opportunities for global experience, including summer internships in China through a unique dual-degree program with one of China’s top finance universities. It is one of the only programs of its kind in the United States.

The Zarb School of Business facilities are among the most technologically advanced in the nation, including a new, 52,000-foot building that opened in 2019 and our Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, where many of our classes are held. Here, in one of the largest academic trading rooms in the U.S., you’ll have access to 34 Bloomberg terminals and work with the same real-time market data that financial professionals use.

You may even get the chance to be a portfolio manager or securities analyst before you graduate, thanks to our Student Managed Investment Fund - a year-long class in which students manage a pool of real money, doing equity research and making investment recommendations.

In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in finance earn an average annual salary of $73,342, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 13.5 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Whether you aspire to a career on Wall Street or Main Street, Hofstra will prepare you for a wide range of roles in banking, corporate finance, management, financial planning, as well for advanced studies in business, law, and economics.

Curriculum

Finance majors develop analytical skills to navigate a wide range of professional environments. Ethics and integrity are central to the study of finance, as employers and clients will look to you to offer sound, knowledgeable guidance. You’ll learn how to assess risk and use financial modeling to game out different strategies and scenarios. You’ll develop an understanding of how economic policy moves markets and drives values. And you will study and how individuals make decisions about money and investing, and how those decisions affect big-picture outcomes.

Hofstra offers a five-year dual degree program, where you can pair your BBA in Finance with an MBA in finance or another concentration.

Hofstra also offers a minor in finance, and a minor in finance for mathematics majors.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BBA in Finance Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Our graduates have go on to well-paying, high-impact careers at some of the biggest public and private institutions in the world, including:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Department of Defense
  • Black Knight Financial Services

Hofstra finance alumni pursuing graduate degrees study at prestigious institutions such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • George Washington University
98% job, grad school or both
93% accepted a job within six months of graduation
$55K median salary
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Internships

Finance majors are encouraged to pursue internships and about 70 percent complete at least one before they graduate, their experiences coming across a range of industries.

Our students have interned at investment firms, banks, in the pharmaceutical industry, at news outlets, in the real estate industry and with insurance organizations. Finance majors have interned at:

  • Bank of America
  • Citibank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • CBS Network
  • JP Morgan Chase

Experience

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As a Zarb business student, you’ll become part of a family that includes more than 30,000 alumni, many of whom regularly return to campus for formal recruiting and informal networking sessions hosted by our student organizations and the Hofstra Career Center.

There are several student clubs that focus on finance: the Hofstra chapter of ALPHA, a national professional development organization, the Investment Analysis Association, and the Hofstra Investment Banking Association, which hosts executive speakers, organizes company visits, sponsors students to attend national conferences and participates in service projects in the community.

Students can dig into global financial services through The Center for International Services and Markets, which offers conferences and workshops with a combination of scholars and C-suite executives addressing such topics as sustainable investing, women business leadership, supply chain management, impact investing, and entrepreneurship.

The internationally-recognized Center for Entrepreneurship is also located at the Zarb School, which hosts business plan competitions and provides coaching from successful entrepreneurs for student-run start-ups. Since its inception in 2015, the Center has provided nearly 600 mentoring sessions and awarded approximately $200,000 in prize/seed money to student start-up companies. In 2017, the Center was named the best new university-based entrepreneurship hub by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

The Zarb offers seven business-related study abroad programs, as well as several courses that include international trips, including to South Africa, South Korea and Israel.

Among Zarb’s many overseas opportunities is a partnership with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalien, China. This program is one of the only ones of its kind in the United States. Students take courses at Hofstra with two visiting Dongbei professors and then do a six-week summer internship at a multinational corporation in China. When they graduate, students in this program earn a BBA degree from Hofstra and a Bachelor of Economics from Dongbei University.

Students in this program have done their summer internships in China with companies like Pfizer Global Financial Services, P&G and Bacchus Wines.  The experience of working in a foreign country and learning to adapt to a different workplace culture will help you build your resume and stand out in a competitive job market.

Learn about Zarb Study Abroad Programs

Meet Andrew Marks ‘15

Andrew Marks was a finance major who always had a passion for entrepreneurship. He began his career after Hofstra as a financial analyst for Wells Fargo and is now a full-time entrepreneur as the founder and CEO of PadLink, an off-campus online housing platform, and a partner in Long Island Content Creations, a tech and media services company.


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