Financial Services


A concentration

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.

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A 18-credit concentration:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

Individual Taxation (ACG352)

Investments (FIN312)

Financial Institutions & Markets (FIN315)

Risk Management and Insurance (FIN381)

Consumer Behavior (MKT311)

Law of Financial Institutions (LGLS412)

Financial Services Electives [Select four (4) courses from the following list. Must include one 400-level]:

  • Corporate Taxation (ACG351)
  • Personal Financial Planning (ACG370)
  • Pension Fundamentals (AM451)
  • Forecasting for Decision Making (FIN311)
  • Multinational Finance (FIN368) 
  • Financial Statement Analysis (FIN370)
  • Financial Modeling (FIN380)
  • Real Estate Finance (FIN383) 
  • Securities Analysis (FIN450)
  • Portfolio Management (FIN454)
  • Management of Banking Institutions (FIN475)
  • Special Topics in Financial Services (FS385)
  • Financial Services Internship (FS391)
  • Securities Brokerage (FS486)
  • Directed Study in Financial Services (FS497)
  • International Investments (IB386)
  • Personal Selling (MKT363)

Business Core Requirements

Financial and Managerial Accounting (ACG203, ACG204)

Business Policy (BUS400)

Introduction to Information Technology and Analytics (CIS201) 

Financial Management (FIN201)

The Legal Environment of Business (LGLS211)

Management Principles and Practice (MGT200)

Operations Management (MGT201)

Foundations of Marketing Management (MKT201)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements – Modes of Thought*

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include 1 Lab Science)

(One science course must be at the 300 or 400 level)

*Three (3) credits from the required liberal arts minor may be applied to this distribution.

One (1) Liberal Arts Elective

Liberal Arts Minor Requirements (4 Courses)

Selection is made from a variety of liberal arts disciplines. Some minors require more than 12 credits.

A minimum of 122 credits are required for graduation.

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To learn more, please contact:
Hakan Saraoglu, Ph.D.
Professor and Financial Services Coordinator
Department of Finance


Timothy Drechsler-Martell

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

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.