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Students seeking a B.B.A. with a finance concentration lay a solid groundwork for a career in both the public and private sector, which require strategic management of their capital budgeting and financing.

This CFA® aligned finance program teaches students the fundamentals of problem solving, quantitative and statistical analysis, communication, and creativity. For degree requirements, course descriptions, and other info check out the Finance B.B.A. catalog page.

University of Illinois Springfield finance professors bring real-world professional experience to the classroom to prepare students with:

  • An understanding of risk management, financial policy, banking and financial markets
  • The ability to analyze capital budgeting, investment decisions, capital structure, capital acquisition, and asset pricing
  • Skills in financial statement analysis and ratio analysis
  • Skills in analysis of specific investment securities and portfolio management.

Program Highlights

  • Efficient cross-curriculum for students seeking a double major or minor
  • No class size larger than 50 students
  • Dedicated internship office to assist students with finding and succeeding in internships

The CFA Exam

The BBA Finance concentration at UIS is part of the University Affiliation Program with the CFA Institute. The CFA Institutes oversees the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charter. To be eligible for this charter, candidates must pass three rigorous exams and have the qualifying work experience. There is no course or work experience requirement to take any of the CFA Exams. However, one must be at least a senior student in college to register for the first exam. Our alignment with the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Program means that our BBA Finance program covers at least 70% of the material (also known as the Candidate Body of Knowledge or CBOK) for the Level I Exam. Thanks to this alignment, we can also award scholarships to senior students in this program who want to take the Level I Exam.

To keep our affiliated university status with the CFA Institute, we are required to continue the coverage of the CBOK for the Level I Exam. One of the quintessential components of the CBOK is the Code Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. You will be exposed to this material via a video series prepared by the CFA Institute in select classes. Find more information about the CFA Program.

You may find more information about the schedule of the exams and the fees (without scholarship considered) here:

If you are interested in taking the Level I Exam and want to be considered for the scholarship, please contact Dr. Serkan Karadas at It is important that you plan for your CFA Exam ahead of time.

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