Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Finance

Personal Financial Planning Concentration

The personal financial planning concentration at Ship is a great opportunity to enhance your career and give yourself an edge in the job market. 

The basic elements of personal financial planning include cash flow/budgeting analysis, insurance needs, education funding requirements, investment decision, analysis of debt, retirement planning, forecasting retirement benefits and costs, income tax planning, and estate planning. Shippensburg University’s program is officially approved by the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) Board of Standards. If you take all the courses in our program you can take the CFP®examination and earn this professional certification. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity that will enhance your career.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. Finance majors intern at security brokerage firms, financial services firms, commercial banks, manufacturing firms, as well as government agencies. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

With a specialty in personal financial planning, you can choose a career within a full array of jobs. Typically, you can be a self-employed financial advisor, or work for depository and non-depository financial institutions such as banks, saving institutions, credit unions, brokerage firms, law offices, and human resource and employee benefits departments, among others.

Degree Requirements

The undergraduate BSBA degree in Finance requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:

  • General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Business Core Curriculum: Finance majors take the same core curriculum as other business majors. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings:
  • Finance Courses: The courses required of the major provide students with the academic background necessary to be successful professionals. See a complete list on the Finance Program page.
  • Personal Financial Planning Concentration: Students may complete 7 additional courses to prepare for the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) examination and earn this professional certification.