Financial Services

Prepare for your future success as a financial professional through hands-on experience guided by exceptional faculty.

Bryant University Professor Maura Derderian in a classroom full of students at the Quinlan / Brown Academic Innovation Center.

At A Glance

What You’ll Learn:

  • Develop customized financial plans and engage in supervised internships at financial services firms.
  • Choose to specialize in a financial services concentration or follow a financial planning track.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop distinctive, real-world experience managing equity and fixed-income portfolios in the student-run Archway Investment Fund.
  • Access real-time news and data transferred by live feeds through FactSet and Bloomberg terminals, financial trading systems used by some of the largest financial organizations in the world.

Where You’ll Go:

  • Financial planning or wealth management organizations.
  • Top graduate programs to advance your career preparation.

Program Level: Undergraduate

Offered As: Major

College/School: College of Business

Our Students

Where Our Students Go

Our alumni land at major corporations and prestigious graduate schools.

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Dell EMC
  • Fidelity Investments
  • John Hancock Investments
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Mass Mutual
  • Merrill Edge
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • State Street
  • Raytheon
  • Boston College
  • Bryant University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Learn Through Experience

Archway Investment Fund presentation

Experiential Education

  • Shadow and network with accomplished Financial Services and Finance alumni to explore different paths. Industry partnerships enable unique opportunities to obtain professional experience and designations.
  • Partnerships include: Certified Financial Analyst Society (CFA designation); Financial Planning Association (FPA); SPARK Institute; University Partnership with Bloomberg; and University Partnership with Rhode Island Bankers’ Association.
  • Secure a supervised Financial Services or Finance internship, available in a variety of industries, through our nationally recognized Amica Center for Career Education.
  • Attend professional conferences, including the International G.A.M.E. Forum, a conference featuring a global investments competition in which Bryant has placed first, and hear from leading industry experts.


  • Archway Investment Fund
  • National Financial Planning Competition
  • Present original research at annual Research and Engagement Day 

Clubs and Organizations

  • Bryant Finance Association
  • Smart Women in Finance
  • Financial Inclusion Society
  • Financial Planning Student Chapters 


  • Community Activism and Leadership Organization
  • Special Olympics
  • Community Leadership Rhode Island
  • International Sophomore International Experience
  • Financial literacy program for Rhode Island high schools
Mara Derderian

Faculty Spotlight

Mara L. Derderian '93, CFP

  • Certified Financial Planner 
  • Educating Bryant students since 2009 
  • Former VP at HSBC Bank and Citi Private Bank 
  • Board Member of the Financial Planning Association of RI

About This Program