What is Finance?

Finance is an analytical discipline focusing on critical decisions faced by individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. It integrates disciplines, drawing on economics as the basis of its theory, accounting as the basis for understanding the information used in the decision making process and the tools of quantitative analysis for the analytical work. An understanding of financial theory and practice evolves to serve as a basis for either entering a financial position in the work force or continuing with graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

First-year applicants are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program) since graduating from high school.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Traditional Studies)
Freshman applicants to the BBA programs, please visit the Admission Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs.

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, functions or finite mathematics.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars)
The Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability. This educational experience seeks to admit new freshmen, transfer, transition and current Lindner College of Business students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. In addition, the program seeks to admit candidates who are innovative and who have the ability to think globally and work collaboratively. KBS students value choice, creativity and individuality, have passion for their chosen specializations, and appreciate community and teamwork. Admission is highly selective. 

Applicants for the KBS Program must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Transfer, transition, and current Lindner students are considered for admission through the beginning of their junior years. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program) 
The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability and demonstrated leadership skills who are committed to a career in business. This educational opportunity seeks to admit students for the freshmen year. In addition to being academically strong, selection is based upon candidates' non-academic and extra-curricular profile. Admission is highly selective.

Applicants for the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program must meet the Lindner College of Business general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the Office of Admissions no later than December 1st of the applicant's high school senior year.

On occasion, transfer, transition and current Lindner students may be admitted as rising sophomores. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 to be considered for admission at this level, and high school credentials are used in combination with freshman year accomplishments.  Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

The Circle of Excellence is a selective distinction for top performing students, providing them with access to certain business honors privileges in order to further their PACE development. This educational opportunity seeks to admit incoming freshmen students. Selected students have access to honors sections of core courses and specialty courses such as studios. Priority registration and specialized Lindner Career Services events are additional benefits for these outstanding students.

Applicants for the Circle of Excellence must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Current Lindner freshmen and sophomores are considered for admission.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Successful individuals in finance possess excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information. Other attributes include:

  • Quantitative proficiency
  • Ability to identify and control risk
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Detail-orientation
  • Excellent oral, written and electronic communication capabilities
  • Leadership skills
  • Competence in decision-making
  • Capacity for teamwork

Finance graduates are prepared to work in the broad areas of financial institutions and markets, investments and corporate finance. 

Corporate finance opportunities include:

  • Credit analyst/manager
  • Treasury analyst
  • Cash manager
  • Capital budgeting analyst 

Investment opportunities include:

  • Securities analyst
  • Stock broker
  • Securities trader
  • Currency trader
  • Investment banker
  • Portfolio manager 
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management (CFP)

Positions in financial institutions and markets include:

  • Credit trust officer
  • Branch manager
  • Bank examiner
  • Operations officer
  • Loan officer

 

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with scheduling and other questions about subjects such as study abroad, co-op and internship, academic planning, course pre-requisites and the curriculum.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Students may schedule appointments with advisors online by using the Starfish scheduling tool which is integrated into Blackboard. Students who need assistance may come to 105 Lindner Hall or telephone (513) 556-7030.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session held weekly. Students should telephone (513) 556-7030 to schedule a session.

The degree of bachelor of business administration is granted to those who complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university’s general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college and must contract for graduation.

Students wishing to transfer to the Lindner College of Business from colleges and universities other than the University of Cincinnati must meet or exceed each of the requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for transfers from other colleges and universities is calculated utilizing all course work attempted at each college and university attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted.     

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress towards completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (Business Calculus, a 5 hour course), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must be in good standing in current college or university. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits transfer students to begin in each academic term. 

Applicants wishing to transition from other UC colleges to the Lindner College of Business must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work attempted.   

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress toward completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (Business Calculus, a 5 hour course), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I)  with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours) or the equivalent from another institution.

3.  Must have at least a 2.0 University of Cincinnati GPA, in addition to a 2.5 overall GPA. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Applications for Change in College and Program may be obtained online at the Registrar's website. Applications are due by the date printed on the application. All applications for Lindner must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office, Lindner Hall, Suite 105.

Lindner accepts transition students to begin in each academic term. Students must meet the above admission requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission. 

First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses

BA1080 Career Success Strategies (FYE)

1
MGMT1052 Essentials of Business II

1
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3
MGMT1051 Essentials of Business I

2
BA1041 Business Pathways I

1
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
BA1042 Business Pathways II

1

First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses

MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C-

3
COMM2081 Business Communication

3
MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

Minimum Grade: C-

3

Lower Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Lower Core Coursework

Required courses

MKTG2080 Introduction to Marketing

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
BLAW2080 Legal Environment of Business

3
IS2080C Digital Technologies for Business

3
ACCT2081 Financial Accounting

3
ACCT2082 Managerial Accounting

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3

Capstone

Required BBA Capstone
Course Title/Desc Credit
Capstone

Required BBA Capstone

BA5080 Business Strategy

3

Financial Planning Sub-Plan

Students complete 24 hours of required coursework.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Financial Planning Sub-Plan

Students complete 24 hours of required coursework.

FIN4161 Financial Planning Capstone

3
FIN4160 Foundations of Financial Planning

1
FIN4001 Corporate Finance

3
FIN4041 Financial Modeling

3
ACCT3072 Introduction to Taxation

3
ACCT5146 Estate and Gift Taxation Planning

2
IRM4110 Health and Life Insurance

3
IRM4155 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

3
FIN4011 Investments

3

Upper Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Upper Core Coursework

Required courses

INTB3080 Global Environment of Business

3
MGMT3080 Management

3
BA3080 Business Professionalism and Character

3
OM3080 Operations Management

3
FIN3180 Analytic Finance Academy Business Finance

Minimum Grade: B-

3

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

6

Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.

Free Electives

12

General Education

Required BoK Coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
General Education

Required BoK Coursework

BoK Courses--FA/HP/HU/SS

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: FAHPHUSS

6
Natural Sciences

Students complete six hours of NS coursework.

BoKS: NS

6

First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses

BA1080 Career Success Strategies (FYE)

1
BA1042 Business Pathways II

1
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
MGMT1052 Essentials of Business II

1
BA1041 Business Pathways I

1
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3
MGMT1051 Essentials of Business I

2

First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses

MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C-

3
MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

Minimum Grade: C-

3
COMM2081 Business Communication

3

Lower Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Lower Core Coursework

Required courses

MKTG2080 Introduction to Marketing

3
ACCT2081 Financial Accounting

3
IS2080C Digital Technologies for Business

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
ACCT2082 Managerial Accounting

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
BLAW2080 Legal Environment of Business

3

AFA Sub-Plan Major Courses

In addition to twelve hours of required FIN courses, students must complete at least six hours of electives from the list of AFA Electives. The other six hours may be chosen from the AFA Electives or the traditional Finance electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
AFA Sub-Plan Major Courses

In addition to twelve hours of required FIN courses, students must complete at least six hours of electives from the list of AFA Electives. The other six hours may be chosen from the AFA Electives or the traditional Finance electives.

FIN4041 Financial Modeling

3
FIN4111 Analytic Finance Academy Investments

Minimum Grade: B

3
FIN4101 Analytic Finance Academy Corporate Finance

Minimum Grade: B

3
FIN4035 Financial Information and Valuation

3
AFA Electives

Students complete 12 hours of approved electives. At least six of these hours must be from the approved list of AFA electives

12

Capstone

Required BBA Capstone
Course Title/Desc Credit
Capstone

Required BBA Capstone

BA5080 Business Strategy

3

Upper Core Coursework

Students who complete FIN 3080C with an A or A- may substitute that course for FIN 3180.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Upper Core Coursework

Students who complete FIN 3080C with an A or A- may substitute that course for FIN 3180.

BA3080 Business Professionalism and Character

3
OM3080 Operations Management

3
INTB3080 Global Environment of Business

3
MGMT3080 Management

3
FIN3180 Analytic Finance Academy Business Finance

Minimum Grade: B-

3

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

6

Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.

Free Electives

12

General Education

Required BoK Coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
General Education

Required BoK Coursework

BoK Courses--FA/HP/HU/SS

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: FAHPHUSS

6
Natural Sciences

Students complete six hours of NS coursework.

BoKS: NS

6

AFA Electives

At least six hours must be chosen from this category.
Course Title/Desc Credit
AFA Electives

At least six hours must be chosen from this category.

FIN5073 UC Capital

3
FIN5035 Analytic Finance Academy Equity Analysis

3
FIN5055 Analytic Finance Academy International Finance

2
FIN5042 Analytic Finance Academy Options and Futures

3
FIN5072 Behavioral Finance

2
FIN5054 Analytic Finance Academy Risk Management of Financial Institutions

3
FIN5071 Analytic Finance Academy Public Finance

2
FIN5062 Analytic Finance Academy Advanced Capital Budgeting

2
FIN5037 Analytic Finance Academy Fixed Income

3
FIN5052 Analytic Finance Academy Markets and Trading

2
FIN5045 Analytic Finance Academy Portfolio Management

3
FIN5046 Analytic Finance Academy Alternative Investments

2
FIN5063 Analytic Finance Academy Mergers and Acquisitions

2

Finance Electives

No more than six hours from this list may be applied to the AFA sub-plan. Students should discuss their choices with an advisor to ensure no duplication of content between AFA and traditional Finance electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Finance Electives

No more than six hours from this list may be applied to the AFA sub-plan. Students should discuss their choices with an advisor to ensure no duplication of content between AFA and traditional Finance electives.

FIN5093 Special Topics in Finance

1 - 6
IRM4155 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

3
FIN4007 International Finance

3
FIN4004 Advanced Corporate Finance

3
FIN4013 Portfolio Management

3
INTB5014 Study Abroad London - Real Estate/Finance in the European Market

3
IRM4030 Modeling, Pricing, and Managing Risk

3
FIN4085 Johnson Inv. Counsel Student Managed Fund

3
IRM4110 Health and Life Insurance

3
FIN4005 Cases in Corporate Finance

3
RE3095 Real Estate Finance

3
FIN4021 Derivatives

3
FIN4053 Financial Markets and Institutions

3
INTB5019 Study Abroad Europe: Real Estate/Finance/Insurance in the European Union

3
FIN4014 Fixed Income

3
FIN4052 Markets and Trading

3
RE3091 Real Estate Principles

3

First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses

BA1080 Career Success Strategies (FYE)

1
MGMT1052 Essentials of Business II

1
BA1041 Business Pathways I

1
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
MGMT1051 Essentials of Business I

2
BA1042 Business Pathways II

1

First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses

MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3
MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

Minimum Grade: C-

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C-

3
COMM2081 Business Communication

3

Lower Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Lower Core Coursework

Required courses

MKTG2080 Introduction to Marketing

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
ACCT2081 Financial Accounting

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
BLAW2080 Legal Environment of Business

3
ACCT2082 Managerial Accounting

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3
IS2080C Digital Technologies for Business

3

Capstone

Required BBA Capstone
Course Title/Desc Credit
Capstone

Required BBA Capstone

BA5080 Business Strategy

3

Major Courses

Students complete four required finance courses and twelve hours of approved electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Major Courses

Students complete four required finance courses and twelve hours of approved electives.

FIN4001 Corporate Finance

3
FIN4041 Financial Modeling

3
FIN4011 Investments

3
FIN4035 Financial Information and Valuation

3
Finance Major Electives

Students complete 12 hours of finance major electives from the list of approved courses.

12

Upper Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Upper Core Coursework

Required courses

INTB3080 Global Environment of Business

3
BA3080 Business Professionalism and Character

3
MGMT3080 Management

3
OM3080 Operations Management

3
FIN3180 Analytic Finance Academy Business Finance

Minimum Grade: B-

3

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework from one category.

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

6

Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Students complete 12 hours of free electives.

Free Electives

12

General Education

Required BoK Coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
General Education

Required BoK Coursework

BoK Courses--FA/HP/HU/SS

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: FAHPHUSS

6
Natural Sciences

Students complete six hours of NS coursework.

BoKS: NS

6

Finance Electives

Students complete 12 hours of finance electives from this approved list. Students must meet all pre-requisites for the courses they wish to take. Pre-requisites vary by course.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Finance Electives

Students complete 12 hours of finance electives from this approved list. Students must meet all pre-requisites for the courses they wish to take. Pre-requisites vary by course.

FIN4085 Johnson Inv. Counsel Student Managed Fund

3
FIN4021 Derivatives

3
FIN4013 Portfolio Management

3
IRM4110 Health and Life Insurance

3
FIN4005 Cases in Corporate Finance

3
RE3091 Real Estate Principles

3
IRM4155 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

3
FIN4014 Fixed Income

3
FIN4053 Financial Markets and Institutions

3
FIN4004 Advanced Corporate Finance

3
FIN4007 International Finance

3
FIN4052 Markets and Trading

3
INTB5014 Study Abroad London - Real Estate/Finance in the European Market

3
IRM4030 Modeling, Pricing, and Managing Risk

3
RE3095 Real Estate Finance

3
INTB5019 Study Abroad Europe: Real Estate/Finance/Insurance in the European Union

3

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Freshman applicants hoping to begin in the fall semester are urged to submit their applications prior to December 1. Applications should be filed as soon after September 1 of the previous year as possible. First-year students must provide an official transcript of their high school record and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program. Those who have participated in a post secondary enrollment options program should submit official copies of any college or university transcripts. The Lindner College of Business admits freshmen in the fall or spring semester.

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges should complete a Change in College and Program Application form in accordance with the semester deadlines printed on the reverse side of the form. This document may be obtained online at the Registrar's website.

Transferring to UC - Students applying for admission to the LindnerCollege of Business from non-UC colleges should submit a University of Cincinnati online application, at Admissions. Students are urged to file their applications at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the college.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.