Program Overview

Program Description

The modern finance professional is not just a “numbers person,” but rather a trusted advisor who helps ensure a company’s future success.


In Centenary University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Finance concentration, you will learn the skills needed to serve in a variety of financial roles in both corporate and small-business settings. You will learn how to evaluate the ways in which a company earns revenue and how to improve its ability to maximize profits.

The Finance curriculum includes core business classes in areas including management and marketing and progresses into advanced courses in accounting and investment and financial analysis. Centenary also offers an innovative 150-credit dual major in Accounting and Business Administration: Finance. This program allows motivated students to complete the requirements for CPA licensure in just four years, saving time and money.

A ‘Physician of Business’

At Centenary, we train financial professionals who are prepared to do more than just keep the books. We view the profession as a sort of “physician of business,” whose goal is to diagnose the challenges a company faces and offer strategies to keep it healthy.

This in-demand field includes positions such as accountants, financial analysts and investment analysts, but our graduates routinely find employment in all facets of the business world. Because of the strength of our program, Centenary regularly places graduates with the “Big Four” accounting firms as well as large companies such as Mars and ADP.

Firsthand Experience

Most of our Business Administration classes include an experiential component in which you will work on real business projects — a boost for your skill set and your resume.

Our students also run Warren County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax assistance to low-income residents. The program has saved these taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars over the years in tax credits and accounting fees.

For every top corporate executive, you’ll find a finance expert as his or her side. Is that you? Apply now.


  • AFC1001 Academic Foundations: Perspectives in Business or BUS 1001 (4)
  • BUS 1002 Business Applications and Presentations (4)
  • CAT II Mathematics (all MTH prefix courses except for remedial) (4)
  • CAT. III Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts (4)
  • BUS 1010 Principles of Management (4)
  • CAT IV BUS 1050: Social Responsibility in Business
  • ECO 1001 Economics (4)
  • WRI1001/1002 Comp & Rhet I OR Comp & Rhet II (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ACC 2101 Principles of Accounting I (4)
  • BUS 2010 Principles of Marketing (4)
  • CAT V Laboratory Science (4)
  • CAT VI Global OR Democratic Citizenship (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ACC 2102 Principles of Accounting II (4)
  • BUS 2020 Management Information Systems (4)
  • BUS 2030 Principles of Finance (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Literature (4)
  • BUS 3020 Business Statistics (4)
  • ACC 3301 Intermediate Accounting I (4)
  • ACC 3401 Federal Income Taxation (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • BUS 3320 Financial Management (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ACC 3201 Cost Accounting (4)
  • ACC 3302 Intermediate Accounting II (4)
  • BUS 3030 Organizational Behavior (4)
  • BUS 3310 Monetary Institutions (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Humanities (4)
  • ACC 4201 Advanced Accounting (4)
  • BUS 3010 Business Law (4)
  • BUS 3330 Investment Analysis (4)
  • BUS 4010 Business Strategy (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ACC 4301 Auditing
  • BUS 4310 Financial Research and Analysis (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Effective September 2015, students may share appropriate courses from their major to satisfy Centenary’s general core requirements.
8. Economics can be applied toward either the global or democratic requirement, but not both.
9. BUS1001 is taken by transfer students in lieu of AFC1001, Perspectives in Business. BUS1001 may be waived if the transfer student has transferred in advanced business courses. A suitable course may then be substituted for this core requirement.
10. Governmental / Non – Profit Accounting (ACC3099) is recommended for the CPA Track student since it is a requirement to sit for the CPA.

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Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.