Your Future in Finance

Every organization — whether it's a small business, Fortune 500 company, nonprofit agency or government organization — needs financial professionals. They help organizations obtain, administer and manage their funds efficiently and wisely.

What we offer

In the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law (FIREL), we teach you how to successfully manage all financial aspects of a firm, understand its regulatory rules and realize how it fits into the financial market. Many students work full time and bring unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom.

Our comprehensive curriculum allows you the flexibility to explore areas such as:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Corporate law and risk management
  • Derivative securities, stocks and bonds
  • Employee benefits programs
  • Life insurance
  • Management of financial institutions
  • Personal financial planning
  • Real estate investments

You'll develop a strong foundation in business by taking courses in accounting, economics, marketing and management in addition to studying finance. Tutoring in all undergraduate finance courses is provided in the Finance Academic Assistance Lab.

You may also earn course credit and gain valuable experience by completing an internship with a company or an organization.

Our faculty members exercise a "learn today, apply tomorrow" classroom philosophy. They're experts in their field, dedicated teachers and recognized scholars who provide a solid theoretical background and practical, applicable knowledge that can be used immediately.

You can apply your classroom knowledge to real-world situations by participating in the Student Investment Group. This group is open to all students and manages an investment portfolio of more than $500,000 under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. The Financial Management Association C. Steven Cole Chapter assists students in developing the skills needed for a successful career in finance or business through guest speaker and networking opportunities with business professionals, résumé and interviewing workshops and other activities. Other business-related organizations you can get involved with include:

  • Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity
  • Association of Latino Professionals For America
  • Beta Alpha Psi honor society
  • Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity
  • Phi Chi Theta professional business fraternity
  • Professional Leadership Program

Scholarships sponsored by the department are available to help you pay for your education.

Our Business Living Learning Community gives you the chance to form strong bonds with your classmates. You'll live on campus with other business students and take several classes with a small group of your peers.

UNT's G. Brint Ryan College of Business, one of the nation's largest business colleges, is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500).

This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict standards of excellence in education.

Our eco-friendly Business Leadership Building accommodates 8,000 students and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. It contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the-art general access computer lab.

The Trading Room in the Business Leadership Building offers all College of Business students a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with 12 terminals running Bloomberg Professional software. This gives students access to real-time market data, news and analysis, as well as the opportunity to earn Bloomberg Certification through the self-paced course available through the terminals.

What to expect

Your required courses are divided into five categories:

  • University core curriculum (42 credit hours required of all UNT students)
  • Pre-business courses (15 to 24 credit hours)
  • Business foundation courses (24 credit hours)
  • Professional field and major courses (18 credit hours)
  • Supporting field courses (12 credit hours)

Professional field electives are available in the following fields:

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate law
  • Derivative securities
  • Financial institutions
  • Real estate finance
  • Risk management

Other courses you may take focus on:

  • International financial systems and foreign exchange
  • Investments
  • Liquidity and working capital management
  • The U.S. banking system