The field of financial services and personal financial management has undergone significant changes in the last decade. Traditional boundaries between the securities industry, insurance, and banking have been blurred or obliterated by fundamental changes in federal laws and regulatory rulings. As managing the wealth of individuals and businesses becomes more complex, a greater number of professionals are needed who have the training and skills for this demanding field.
At Bryant, Financial Services is a cross-disciplinary program that integrates finance with courses in marketing, accounting, and legal studies. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration offers a Financial Services concentration that prepares you to advise clients about their financial needs including investments, risk management and insurance, and tax planning.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
Bryant graduates in Financial Services are prepared for careers in retail securities brokerage, financial planning, real estate investment management, insurance, and financial institution management. They hold titles such as financial planner, securities broker, registered representative, branch manager, and risk manager. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate and law schools worldwide.
Financial services faculty
Financial Services faculty are active researchers in the fields of asset management, financial markets and institutions, individual taxation, consumer behavior, and personal financial planning, among others.
Tim Drechsler-Martell ‘13
Asst. portfolio analyst,
Hartford Investment Management
“What is better at Bryant is that you can go to a professor at almost any time,” says Drechsler-Martell. “The Bryant faculty is really committed to providing that one-on-one experience.” Drechsler-Martell, who majored in finance, performed so well during a summer internship after his junior year at the Hartford Investment Management Company that the company offered him a full-time position.
“Bryant taught me [to] take advantage of the opportunities that come along during your internship and make sure you meet the right people, build great relationships. That’s something that I embraced during that internship.”
Maura Dowling, CFP
“Students learn to think about their own emotions, the emotions of the market, and the disciplines they follow. It creates a metaphor for many different ways of healthy thinking in business – not just portfolio management,” says Dowling, who teaches one of the two classes that make up the Archway Investment Fund (AIF) program.
The AIF affords select students the opportunity to manage a real portfolio of $730,000.
“It’s about thinking long term - about who’s coming behind me. Some of the [national] financial sector hasn’t been able to think that way. So if we can teach students that here, we help develop a valuable ethic,” says Dowling.