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Our finance programs seek to provide a high quality educational experience that inspires our students to assume leadership in a global, ever-changing, and diverse business world. Through a carefully designed curriculum, we offer three areas of specialization (controllership, management, and services) to you prepare for the finance career you desire. Our courses try to evenly balance theory with practice.

As a finance major, you will learn the principles, concepts, and tools essential to financial decision making. In conjunction with the accounting, economics, management, and other quantitative techniques that you will learn as your progress through the degree program, you will be well-prepared for a career in finance. Additionally, effective written and oral communications skills and the ability to work in groups are essential skills for success you learn in your business and non-business coursework.

Students in one of our finance courses manage a real-money investment fund worth nearly $1 million and furnished by one of our very successful alumni families, Dennis and Sally von Waaden. 

The Finance Department offers numerous merit-based scholarships to finance majors and the Student Finance Association is one of the most active in the College of Business Administration and provides opportunities for further development and connection in finance. 

Want to learn more?

Visit the Finance Department webpage.

For more information about majoring in finance and the College of Business Administration, please contact:

Risa Langelo
Recruitment Coordinator
(785) 532-6180

If you are a current student at Kansas State University interested in switching to a major in the College of Business Administration, please contact or stop by the Student Success Center Front Desk:

Student Success Center
1001 Business Building
(785) 532-6180

 Finance Coursework (sample)


Semester 1

  • College Algebra
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Foundations
  • IT Skills Proficiency Exam
  • Expository Writing
  • Aesthetic Experience and Interpretative Understanding course

Semester 2

  • General Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Microeconomics
  • Accounting for Business Operations
  • Management Concepts
  • Global Issues and Perspectives Course

Semester 3

  • Business and Economics Statistics
  • Accounting for Investing and Financing
  • Principles of Finance
  • Public Speaking IA
  • Natural and Physical Sciences with Lab

Semester 4

  • Business and Economic Statistics II
  • Accounting for Processes and Control
  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Expository Writing II
  • Human Diversity in the U.S. course

Semester 5

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Investments
  • Careers in Finance
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Nonbusiness K-State 8 elective

Semester 6

  • Financial Management elective
  • Managerial or Financial Reporting
  • Intermediate Macro or Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Written Communication for the Workplace
  • Thematic Sequence course
  • Unrestricted elective

Semester 7

  • Business Ethics and Corporate Citizenship Capstone
  • Intermediate Finance
  • Financial Management elective
  • Thematic Sequence course
  • Unrestricted elective

Semester 8

  • Business Strategy Capstone
  • Cases in Finance
  • Economics elective
  • Thematic Sequence course
  • Unrestricted elective