Bachelor of Science | Farmer School of Business

What is Finance?

Finance is the study of how individuals and organizations make decisions about short-term and long-term investments and how these investments are financed.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Top national ranking

For the seventh year in a row, the Farmer School has been ranked in the Top 25 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual survey of the nation’s best undergraduate business programs. This year, we were ranked 23rd overall and 8th among public institutions. The Farmer School was again the top ranked institution in the state and the only Ohio school in the top twenty-five. Our undergraduate accountancy, Master of Accountancy, entrepreneurship and supply chain management programs consistently rank in the Top 25 in the country.

Multidisciplinary learning

The program is designed to enable students to specialize in areas of study such as law, insurance, banking, investments, and real estate.

Target school for recruitment

Miami has one of the largest college career fairs in the country, with several hundred top organizations vying for our students every year. 98% of Farmer School 2013 graduates were either employed or enrolled full time in in graduate school within six months of graduation.* Our alumni are excellent examples of the quality of the educational experience we provide. More than 2,000 Farmer School alumni are presidents, CEOs, or owners of companies.

*Based on responses to our 2013 survey of graduates

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Miami University’s Farmer School of Business is annually recognized as one of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools. Each year, the number of first-year applications for the Farmer School of Business (FSB) exceeds the number of spaces available. Admission to the FSB is competitive, and based on a holistic and comprehensive review process which considers many factors to establish the context of students’ achievements and demonstrated potential to be successful in its rigorous curriculum.

For Fall 2014, the middle 50% of students gaining direct entry into the FSB held an ACT Composite Score of 27-31 and/or a SAT (C+M) score of 1210-1360. In addition, the middle 50% held a GPA of 3.68-4.09 (on a 4.0 scale) and a class rank of top 6% to 23%. Twenty-five percent of the students offered direct admission had an academic profile that exceeded these ranges and 25% had a profile that fell below. The academic qualifications required for admission are wholly dependent on the strength of the applicant pool, and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Upon admission to the Farmer School, you will pay tuition and fees set by Miami University, as well as an additional per-credit hour business surcharge for most business courses. For additional details on tuition and fees, visit the One Stop for Student Success Services.

What courses would I take?

The required curriculum in finance provides you with a basic foundation in financial management and an exposure to the nature and operations of the financial markets. Building upon this foundation, you may expand your knowledge by taking elective courses in banking, insurance, international finance, portfolio management, and real estate. With the help of an academic adviser, you can specialize in various areas, such as financial planning, law, insurance, banking, and real estate.

What can I do with this major?

Students graduating with a major in finance may work in the finance division of a business firm, the securities field in a brokerage or investment analysis capacity, or the real estate business in sales or appraisal. Other options include the insurance business in the field of financial planning, property, or casualty insurance and estate planning or trust administration. An undergraduate degree in finance also prepares students for graduate study in finance, business and public administration, and law.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Finance
2053 Farmer School of Business
Oxford, OH 45056