Finance Major Overview

Students who are thinking about majoring in finance should consider the following questions:

  • How should people invest their money?
  • How will companies perform in the future based on their past? 
  • Has technology made us less smart, in terms of personal financial planning? 
  • How can we advance the capacity of individuals and families to invest their money?

These are some of the common themes financial experts focus on. 

The finance industry has expanded at a fast pace for almost three decades. Currently, the industry is a major employer. It ranks behind only construction and health care in the number of jobs. The major banks alone employ more than 170,000 individuals and there are no signs that this situation will change any time soon.

As a finance major you will take courses in corporate finance, security analysis & evaluation and theory of finance and choose from a number of electives including risk & insurance, entrepreneurial finance & venture capital, and personal financial planning. Graduates will be well trained and ready to compete and succeed in the market place.

The finance major has 9 required major courses (9 credit units) and 4 free senior electives (12 credit units). As electives, at least 6 credit units of electives must be at the 400 level. In addition to the core and finance major requirements, students who plan to pursue a M.Sc. in Finance are strongly encouraged to a number of senior level economics classes (ECON 211.3, 214.3, 305.3, 306.3, 404.3, and 409.3).

To view the current degree requirements visit the USask programs page.

Featured Classes

COMM 429 - Personal Financial Planning 

Deals with the advanced concepts related to personal financial strategies. The focus is on developing the skills and teaching the tools a professional will need to practice as a personal financial planner. Topics include knowing your client's profile and financial situation, constructing appropriate investment strategies, advanced tax strategies, understanding of personal risks and risk management strategies, and advanced estate planning strategies. A major objective of this course is to teach the student how to integrate the various strategies to develop a comprehensive financial plan for the client. The legal and ethical considerations in personal financial planning will be considered separately and emphasized throughout the course.

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COMM 467 - Portfolio Theory and Management  

Access to timely and relevant data series provides a firm foundation for critical decisions in portfolio theory and management. In this course, Bloomberg and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) are integrated into the learning experience. Graduates can get credit towards their Bloomberg Markets Concept Certificate (an important boost to any finance resume) while learning how to extract key data and information such as firm betas and firm Corporate Social Responsibility scores. Students gain hands on experience in choosing appropriate data sources for specific goals. Finally, Behavioral Finance is also explored in addition to the more traditional portfolio management topics. Graduates of this course will have a firm practical and theoretical foundation for business or academic finance careers.

It will be offered in the new Bloomberg lab (ESB 16) starting in Fall 2020.

 

Careers in Finance

Career Opportunities

Edwards students pursuing a finance major are well positioned on the path to obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Our Bachelor of Commerce is recognized as part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program.

Students on their co-op placement and recent graduates have held positions like: 

  • Actuary 
  • Bank Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Stockbroker

Professional Organizations 

Looking to gain mentorship and add to your educational experience? Connect with a professional organization in finance like: