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Finance/Business Administration - BS/MBA

Program Overview:

The School of Business also offers a dual degree B.S./M.B.A. option which provides students of superior academic ability and maturity the opportunity to accelerate their degree progress. These programs allow students to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate and graduate degree, which normally require a minimum of 158 credits, in as few as 140 credits.

Once accepted into the dual degree (B.S./M.B.A.) program, students do not obtain a degree until all course work is completed for both degrees – at which time students are awarded both the B.S. in their desired major and the M.B.A.

Students develop an approved plan of study with guidance from the B.S./M.B.A. Program Advisor. Students typically accelerate their progress by identifying graduate courses that can be used to fulfill both graduate and undergraduate requirements. 

The Finance major is designed for students wishing to enter the fields of commercial and investment banking, insurance, asset and portfolio management, securities analysis and trading and brokering, pension and mutual fund management, corporate finance, and real estate management or sales. The major provides a firm foundation in the core theories of finance. The curriculum of the Finance major at the College of Saint Rose has a focus on pragmatic experiences in money management. The ability to utilize computers for financial modeling and data analysis is also emphasized. In addition, students of the Finance major are strongly encouraged to develop a focus in Accounting/Taxation, Financial Planning, Economics, Mathematics and/or Computer Science beyond the foundational knowledge of Finance.

Admission Requirements for the B.S./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program

Incoming Freshmen:

  • Average grade of A in high school course work
  • Minimum SAT score of 1100

Transfer Students and Current College of Saint Rose Students:

  • May apply after completing 45 credits at Saint Rose or another institution with a minimum GPA of 3.4

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yu-Jung Avis

Chair, Accounting, Finance & Economics Department


Dr. John Dion

MBA Program Coordinator


Program Webpage: Finance/Business Administration, BS/MBA

Program Requirements:

The Finance BS/MBA major at the College of Saint Rose emphasizes a practical approach to the understanding of finance that is built on a solid foundational knowledge of accounting and business. All Finance majors develop a comprehensive understanding in the various functional areas of accounting and business by completing the Accounting and Business Requirements; they develop a focus in finance by completing the Finance Requirements; and they develop a further specialized interest by completing the Electives Requirements.

Normally, once a student has matriculated in the Finance major at The College of Saint Rose, he or she must satisfy all remaining major requirements with Saint Rose courses. Likewise, students pursuing the Finance minor must satisfy all requirements for the minor with Saint Rose courses.

The minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Finance/Master of Business Administration program at The College of Saint Rose is 158 credits, which consists of the following:


Undergraduate Accounting and Business Courses


Undergraduate Finance Courses


Undergraduate Electives from Minors* 


College-wide Liberal Education Requirements


Additional Liberal and General Education electives**


Undergraduate General Electives***


MBA Core Requirements


MBA Electives




Less potential challenge credits




*These elective courses are from one or more of the following minors, the Accounting/Taxation minor, the Financial Planning minor, the Economics minor, the Mathematics minor, and the Computer Science minor.

*Additional Liberal and General Education electives include non-professional courses that may or may not have Liberal Education designation. Courses taken in professional fields such as accounting, business, nursing, education, medical technology or engineering are generally not recognized as courses fulfilling this requirement. Students must consult with their advisors in selecting these courses. The number of credits required may be less than 8. The total number of credits for Liberal and General Education, including the 41 credits required by the College, should be no less than 49.

**The number of credits required may be less than 13. General Electives include any courses offered or accepted by The College of Saint Rose that can be applied toward the 140 credit hour graduation requirement. 

Major in Finance (60 credits)

Accounting and Business Courses (33 credits)

ACC 121Principles of Financial Acctg


ACC 122Principles of Managerial Acctg


ACC 320Acc't Information Systems


BUS 111Fundamentals of Business


BUS 199Fund of Business Colloquium


BUS 210Business Communications


BUS 233Business Law 1


BUS 246Organizational Behavior


BUS 253Principles of Marketing


BUS 301Financial Management


BUS 352Quantitative Business Analysis


BUS 487Global Topics in Finance



BUS 425Integrated Global Business


Finance Courses (15 credits)

BUS 369Managerial Finance


BUS 485Financial Modeling in Excel


BUS 486Investment I


BUS 488Investment II


BUS 492Field Study Student Managed Po


Undergraduate Electives from Minors (12 credits)

Take four courses from one or more of the following minors:

Accounting/Taxation minor

Financial Planning minor

Economics minor

Mathematics minor

Computer Science minor

College-wide Liberal Education Requirements (41 credits)

Finance majors must complete the following courses as part of their Liberal Education requirements:

CSC 114Excel


ECO 205Principles of Macroeconomics


ECO 206Principles of Microeconomics


MAT 180College Algebra


Additional Liberal and General Education Electives (at most 8 credits required)


Finance majors must complete either MAT 184 Elementary Statistics or ECO 280 Business Statistics as an Additional Liberal and General Education elective.

Courses fulfilling the requirement of Additional Liberal and General Education Electives can include courses that may or may not have Liberal Education designation. Courses taken in professional fields such as accounting, nursing, education, medical technology, or engineering are generally not recognized as courses fulfilling this requirement.

Graduate MBA Requirements (36 credits)

Core Courses (27 Credits)

MBA 516Mgmnt Com/Soc Res


MBA 517Org. Beh & Mgmt.


ACC 522Budgeting & Cost Analysis


MBA 555Managerial Economics


MBA 582Human Resource Management


MBA 635Marketing Management


MBA 640Managerial Finance


MBA 660Prod & Qual Mngmt


MBA 690Strategic Management


MBA 690: (taken in the final semester)

Graduate Electives/Internship (9 Credits)

The usual number of elective courses is three. However, the actual number of elective courses taken will depend on the number of waived and/or transferred credits. Elective courses allow the student the flexibility of developing a functional specialization or broadening of his/her management background. They may be taken at any time.

Students in the Part-Time Program take three elective courses (9 credits). Students in the One-Year and Full-Time options MAY take 3 credits of Graduate Internship (MBA 699) in lieu of one of the elective courses. The remaining elective requirements (6 credits) may be satisfied by taking any two (2) elective courses.

Additional Requirements, Prerequisites, and Recommendations
Finance majors are strongly encouraged to take MAT 180 College Algebra, MAT 184 Statistics or ECO 280 Business Statistics, and CSC 114 Excel, or their equivalents, in the freshman or sophomore year because these courses form an essential knowledge base for upper-level major courses.

The students in this program are evaluated each semester and must meet the following requirements: a minimum GPA of 3.0 both overall and in courses required for the major; the minimum grade in all graduate courses follows the School of Business graduate guidelines. Students should consult with their advisors concerning their career goals, academic progression and application.

Internship/Field Experiences/Study Abroad/Service:

A study abroad option is available to interested students who want to spend a semester at an approved college or university in another country. The approved courses taken will count toward the Business degree.

Required Course:

BUS 492Field Study Student Managed Po


Professional Accreditations:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The School of Business at The College of Saint Rose, inclusive of its degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

The Undergraduate Admissions Office begins review of First-Year applications each fall in late September for the following Fall. Students are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as October. The Admissions Team will return a decision on complete applications within just three weeks. The College awards academic scholarships at the same time.

What Makes an Application Complete

  • Online or Paper application (fee waived for all applicants!)
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official Transcripts for any College Level Courses
  • SAT or ACT scores  (See Test Optional FAQ's)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Counselor or Teacher
  • Essay or Graded Paper
  • Applicants may also apply via the Common Application Online.
  • Art applicants are required to complete a portfolio review.
  • Music applicants are required to complete an audition.

Admissions contact information (telephone number, admissions web pages)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

See Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid section for more information.

The Bottom Line

The total cost of The College of Saint Rose (including tuition, fees, room and board) is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast, and we award more than $34 million in Saint Rose scholarships, grants and financial aid.

Take a look at our bottom line, and view a cost comparison with a four-year public institution.

More about Financial Aid

Financial Aid is defined as any grant, scholarship, loan, or employment opportunity given with the express purpose of assisting you with education-related expenses to make your education affordable. Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of student need and the availability of funds.

The Admission and Financial Aid teams have designed a Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid to help prospective students and families get to the bottom line and find that The College of Saint Rose is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast--while maintaining powerful academic opportunities.