Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Finance

Siena’s finance major blends a robust liberal arts curriculum with highly specialized electives. It provides you with hands-on experience using the tools and technology of the financial industry via our state-of-the-art Hickey Financial Technology Center. One-hundred percent of our students are Bloomberg certified and 72 percent participate in internships. Saints are prepared to succeed!

​Program Highlights

  • Student-managed fund for which students make all the money management decisions.
  • All classes are taught by faculty members (no TAs here!).
  • Hands-on use of finance tools and technology via the Hickey Financial Technology Center, including Bloomberg terminals.
  • Annual participation in the Federal Reserve Challenge, which helps to refine students’ presentation and analytic skills.
  • Community service-learning projects, which allow students to apply business knowledge for the benefit of a nonprofit organization.
  • Highly specialized senior level courses such as the Student Managed Fund, Business Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Portfolio Management, Debt Securities, which prepare our students for successful careers.
  • Preparation for careers in corporate finance, banking and financial institutions management, insurance, real estate, securities industry (as brokers and analysts), hedge fund/portfolio management, investment banking and financial planning.

Success Stats

  • 98% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school
  • 100% of our students are Bloomberg certified
  • One in four students study abroad
  • 72% of students participate in internships
  • Two out of every three students manage real money at a $200,000 market value (Bjorklund Fund)
  • 29% pursue a graduate degree
  • 28% say a Siena connection led to their first or current job

Employers of our Graduates and Student Internship Sites

  • Amazon.com
  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays Investment Bank
  • BlackRock
  • Citigroup
  • Comcast
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • GE
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Key Bank
  • MassMutual LLC
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NBT Bank
  • Northwest Mutual
  • Prudential Financial
  • PwC
  • State Farm
  • SEFCU
  • Target
  • TIAA-CREF
  • The Ayco Company
  • The Nielsen Company
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Xerox

Job Titles of Recent Graduates

  • Accounting Manager
  • Assistant Manager - Fund Accounting
  • Executive Operations Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Leadership Associate
  • Financial Planner
  • Fund Officer
  • Implementation Manager
  • Investment Consultant
  • Lead Senior Accountant
  • Real Estate Analyst
  • Senior Associate
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Strategic Pricing Analyst
  • Tax Specialist
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Wealth Manager

Department of Finance

Siena’s Department of Finance will provide you with the skills you need to make and implement sound financial decisions and to guide companies and individuals in the financial decision-making process.

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Career Opportunities

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Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 11.4% by 2022.

Real Estate Brokers operate real estate office, or work for commercial real estate firm, overseeing real estate transactions. Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.

Job titles include: Broker, Real Estate Broker, Associate Broker, Realtor, Broker Associate, Real Estate Sales Associate, Real Estate Agent, Office Administrator, Office Manager, Real Estate Associate

Wages:

The median annual wage was $58,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow from 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

​Financial Analysts conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Job titles include: Financial Analyst, Securities Analyst, Investment Analyst, Equity Research Analyst, Credit Products Officer, Operational Risk Analyst, Planning Analyst, Research Analyst and Real Estate Analyst.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $76,950 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents buy and sell securities or commodities in investment and trading firms, or provide financial services to businesses and individuals. May advise customers about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, commodities, and market conditions.

Job titles include: Investment Specialist, Investment Executive, Investment Consultant, Registered Representative, Stock Broker, Investment Advisor, Broker, Financial Consultant, Financial Representative and Fixed Income Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $71,720 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Investment Fund Managers plan, direct, or coordinate investment strategy or operations for a large pool of liquid assets supplied by institutional investors or individual investors.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $100,890 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Personal Financial Advisors advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients’ assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.

Jon titles include: Account Executive, Analyst, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Advisor, Financial Consultant, Financial Counselor, Financial Planner, Investment Advisor, Portfolio Manager and Registered Representative.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,520 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

​Financial Managers plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $109,740 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

​Chief Executives determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Job titles include: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Director, Executive Vice President (EVP), Finance Vice President, General Manager and Operations Vice President.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $168,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

The finance and insurance sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in financial transactions (transactions involving the creation, liquidation, or change in ownership of financial assets) and/or in facilitating financial transactions. Common job functions include accountants, auditors, insurance sales agents, loan officers, tellers and securities, commodities and financial services sales agents.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow by 8% by 2022.

Auditors examine and analyze accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepare financial reports concerning operating procedures.

Job titles include: Auditor, Internal Auditor, Auditor-in-Charge, Assurance Manager, Audit Manager, Internal Audit Director, Assurance Senior, Audit Partner, Deputy for Audit, Financial Auditor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,550 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Business Intelligence Analysts produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. Devise methods for identifying data patterns and trends in available information sources.

Job titles include: Business Intelligence Analyst; Business Intelligence Manager; Commercial Intelligence Manager; Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Consultant, Strategic Business and Technology Intelligence; Director of Enterprise Strategy; Director of Market Intelligence; Director, Global Intelligence; Intelligence Analyst; Manager, Market Intelligence

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,650 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Accountants analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Job titles include: Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Cost Accountant, General Accountant, Accounting Officer, Business Analyst, Accounting Supervisor, Financial Reporting Accountant

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,550 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.