College of Business


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BADM)

A Finance specialization from Chico State allows you to launch a promising, successful career with unlimited pathways and opportunities to grow! Finance graduates can choose from a variety of career paths and industries. Specific industry opportunities include investment brokerage, insurance, and banking. Within those industries, graduates often pursue jobs in investment analysis, risk, and insurance, or real estate finance.

Want to surround yourself with like-minded peers and professionals in business and social environments? The Center for Excellence in Finance (CEF) strivese to further students' knowledge in the field, from the practical areas of behavioral and personal finance to the academic understanding of markets and corporate finance. The Investor's Club will also allow you to hone your analytical skills and develop a greater understanding of investments. 

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Exterior Kendall HallWith one of the highest 4-year graduation rates in the CSU system and lowest average student debt amounts in the country, Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest return on investment.

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What Careers Can a Finance Degree Offer Me?

A BADM-Finance degree paves the way to a variety of career options after graduation. The versatility of our degree offers options on local, national and global levels.

Overall employment in financial occupations is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032. Graduates from Chico State have secured leadership roles in industries or positions including:

  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial Advisor
  • International Business Consultant
  • Investment Banker
  • Stock Broker
  • Retirement Planner
  • Estate Planner
  • IRS Investigator
  • Financial Analyst

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Is a Degree in Finance Right for Me?

You may want to consider the finance specialization if you:

  • Have analytical skills
  • Are a critical thinker
  • Have high ethical standards

Median pay for Accountants and Auditors $73,560 per year, $35 per hour

AACSB Accredited

Did you know that less than 6% of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous accreditation standards set forth by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)? We’re proud to say that Chico State’s College of Business is one of them! In fact, this accreditation allows our students access to faculty who are not only industry experts but also open doors to many networking and internship opportunities.

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How to Apply

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About Chico State

Nationally Ranked

U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks us in the top 10 of regional public universities in the West, and Forbes ranks Chico State as a top college for educational quality and value (just to name a few).

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