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Accounting and Finance Department

Financial Planning

Meet Your Major: Financial Planning

By concentrating in financial planning, you’ll develop the foundational skills and knowledge required to help individuals and corporations meet their short- and long-term financial objectives.

In this focused academic concentration, you’ll explore topics related to investments, taxes, debt management, income planning and retirement savings as well as learn how to develop a holistic plan for achieving financial stability.

What You’ll Learn

By concentrating in financial planning, you will:

  • Analyze financial statements and investment portfolios.
  • Explore strategies for increasing income, reducing debt and meeting individual financial goals.
  • Deepen your understanding of global markets and economic conditions.
  • Hone your investment skills by making use of Merrimack’s Mucci Capital Markets Lab, which houses 19 Bloomberg terminals.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a semester-long Financial Coaching course through the Financial Capability Center. It’s your chance to gain firsthand experience working with clients from the local community on setting and reaching financial goals.

Career Options

After completing the concentration in financial planning, you’ll be prepared for a career in finance or as an independent financial planner. Potential employers may include:

  • Financial planning and advisory firms
  • Securities and commodity brokerage firms
  • Small entrepreneurial enterprises

What You’ll Take

In addition to the business administration core course requirements, you must also complete the following finance courses:

FIN 3315

Financial Analysis

FIN 3325


FIN 4435

Financial Planning I

FIN 4436

Financial Planning II

Electives: Choose Two

FIN 3500

Fieldwork in Financial Coaching

FIN 4406

International Finance

FIN 4443

Portfolio Analysis

FIN 4900

Special Topics in Finance: Money and Banking

ACC 3303

Intermediate Accounting I

MKT 3315

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