Financial Information and Analysis
Accelerate Your Career in Finance and Accounting
In partnership with employers and industry leaders, our finance information and analysis (FI&A) curriculum has been carefully developed to ensure that our students understand these key aspects of finance and have the tools needed to make better business decisions.
At Clarkson, you can go all in for finance or accounting studies and major in FI&A. The program is designed to push you beyond the basics. We recognize the changing complexion of finance and adjust our curriculum accordingly. Firsthand experiences and flexibility in meeting market demands are why Clarkson’s Reh School of Business is ranked among the best.
Fast track your certified public accountant (CPA) or chartered financial analyst (CFA) certification by completing the bachelor’s program and moving into Clarkson’s one-year MBA program, in which you can focus on accounting and sit for your licensure examination.
About Clarkson University
Early Decision deadline for Fall 2022 admission: December 1, 2021
Regular Decision deadline for Fall 2022 admission: January 15, 2022
Financial Information and Analysis Careers
The Financial Information and Analysis bachelor’s degree provides graduates with great flexibility in their future careers. As an FI&A major, you will be prepared for a successful career in any of the following roles:
Graduates of the Financial Information and Analysis major have recently been hired by companies such as Amazon, BP, Car-Freshner Corporation, Edward Jones, ExxonMobil, IBM, National Pavement, Stanley Black and Decker, Volkswagen Group of America and Wealth Preservation Group. Some graduates continue on to graduate school, attending institutions such as the University of Wisconsin, the College of William & Mary, and also choosing to pursue Clarkson’s own Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) programs.
To earn a Clarkson Financial Information and Analysis bachelor’s degree, students complete 69 credits in foundation coursework focused around specialized business courses such as economics, mathematics, marketing, operations, supply chain management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, 18 credit hours of free electives in accounting and finance courses and 33 credits in the Clarkson Common Experience.
Core Electives: (Students must complete 3 of the following courses:)
- AC407 Taxation of Business Entities
- AC421 Accounting Information Systems
- AC431 Advanced Accounting: Investment & Ownership Interests
- AC436 Auditing
- FN/EC468 Financial Markets & Institutions
- FN455 Venture Capital & Private Equity
- FN467 International Finance
- FN474 Models for Financial Analysis
- FN475 Portfolio Management
- FN575 Professional Fund Management I and/or
- FN576 Professional Fund Management II (must total at least 3 credits)
- LW471 Law & Society I
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in FI&A will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.
Students majoring in Financial Information & Analysis will have approximately 6 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.
All students participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research or a community project clearly related to the student’s professional goals.
A global experience is required for graduation for all Clarkson Business students. Employers want our graduates to understand different cultures and diversity and to have had first-hand exposure. Students will have a variety of opportunities, such as a semester exchange and/or faculty-led global business trips, to satisfy this requirement.
No matter the location, size, and industry of a business, accounting is a common language worldwide. According to PayScale, the average Certified Piblic Accountant (CPA) salary is over $65,000. Students majoring in Financial Information and Analysis can choose to pursue a concentration in accounting.
This concentration is designed for students majoring in financial information and analysis who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting and are preparing for their CPA. Students in the accounting concentration learn about the role of accounting as the basic language of business, the importance of accounting information systems in organizational decision-making and the use of this information by financial decision makers in managing assets and investments.
After completion of the accounting concentration, you will be prepared to either enter industry, sit for your CPA exam or start your own accounting practice. Our curriculum gives you the ability to go anywhere and do anything with your degree.
Internship and Co-Op Opportunities
As part of our curriculum requirements, all Financial Information and Analysis majors participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research, or a community project clearly related to the student’s professional goals. Recent internship employers include: