Gies College of Business


What is Finance?

Finance is concerned with the acquisition and management of funds by business firms, governments, and individuals. In our program, you’ll learn both the theoretical background and the analytical tools required to make effective judgements when determining the value of financial and real assets and derivatives. You’ll choose from three specializations: 

  • Corporate Finance 
  • Risk Management
  • Wealth Management

First-year students need to apply to Business Undeclared for admission consideration to Gies. They then can pursue the Finance degree if admitted.

Career Options

  • Asset management
  • Commercial banking
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial consulting
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Investment banking
  • Real estate
  • Sales & trading

Post-Graduation Success1

96% employed or continuing education

82% employed after graduation

14% attending graduate school

$65,053 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KPMG, EY View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Washington University in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.7 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

83% four-year graduation rate

93% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $37,096
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,586


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358