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2021-2022

Finance, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Business Administration (Richard Bland College of William and Mary)
Richard Bland College
Richard Bland College
Program description

The major in finance prepares students for graduate-level study of finance and for careers in corporate finance, the securities industry, banking, financial planning, and insurance/risk management.

Career opportunities

Careers include corporate finance, investments and commercial banking with a concentration in finance. Our program, recognized by the CFA Institute, applies an international focus to the study of financial markets. You’ll learn how to analyze and communicate findings on complex financial issues and how to take creative approaches to problems in the finance industry. Some of our Alumni employers include Bank of Virginia, JP Morgan Chase, Dominion Energy, Genworth Financial and Deloitte.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Budget Analyst
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Finance Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Financial Manager: Branch or Department
  • Fixed Income Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner/Investigator
  • Loan Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Sales Agent
  • Securities and Commodities Traders
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Venture Capitalist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or SCMA 212 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 302
Science required
  • No
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5 to declare finance/2.0 to graduate

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2021-2022

Finance, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA.
  • Join a professional organization related to finance: Risk Management Association, Richmond Chapter (RMA).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences, (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA.
  • Join a professional organization related to finance: Risk Management Association, Richmond Chapter (RMA).
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences, (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Finance, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
BUS 201 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 202 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Research II UNIV 200 3 General education
COM 101 Public Speaking BUSN 225 3 Major (Ancillary)
Fine Arts Core course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, THEA 201 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Human Experience Core courses in The Human Experience (select 3): PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, PSY 201-202, 250, 260, 291, REL 201, 209, 210, 270, SOC 201, 204, 208, 250, 253 VCU equivalent 9 General education
ECON 201 Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
ECON 202 Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
U.S. & World Cultures Select 1: GEO 101, GEO 103, GOVT 201, GOVT 202, GOVT 203, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 192, HIST 201, HIST 202, HIST 240, REL 209, REL 210, REL 219, REL 220, REL 254 VCU equivalent 3 General education
MATH 200 Calculus for Business BUSN 212 3 Major (Ancillary)
MATH 217 Introduction to Statistics STAT 210 3 Elective
Laboratory Science Core course in the Investigation of the Natural World (select 1 with lab): BIOL 101/L, 110, 151/L, CHEM 101/L, 110/L, PHYS 101/L, 201/L, SCIE 111/L VCU equivalent 4 General education
CSCI 202 Computer Applications I INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
BUS 104 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
Electives No more than 2 credits of PE may be chosen VCU equivalent 8 Elective
Richard Bland credits transferred to VCU 60
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
FIRE 312 Financial Modeling 3 Major
FIRE 317 Investments 3 Major
FIRE 321 Intermediate Financial Management 3 Major
FIRE 461 Cases in Financial Management 3 Major
FIRE Restricted FIRE electives (select two): FIRE 417, FIRE 441, FIRE 451 6 Major
Approved finance electives (select four): See VCU advisor for course options 12 Major
BUSN 301 Career and Professional Development 1 Major (Ancillary)
Select one of the following: BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business or FIRE 459 Insurance Law 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0 Major (Ancillary)
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Ancillary)
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I (or open elective if VCU Business approves MATH 217 from Richard Bland as substitute for this requirement) 3 Major (Ancillary)
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
Open elective 2 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120