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Finance

14:1
RATIO
Of students to faculty
CFA
Institute
Affiliated program
96%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation

Guide people and businesses on the path to financial success

Develop in-demand expertise in a critical business function

Maximize actionable business strategy from balance sheets, business projections, and financial portfolios with your fine-tuned financial analysis skills. Money is the backbone of all business, but it takes an ambitious and focused mind to translate data into profit.

Develop leadership skills alongside practical skills around banking, portfolio management, financial analysis, statistics, and more in our finance program. Specifically designed to streamline your understanding of the financial world to fast-track your entrance into high-demand financial career fields, you will gain practical hands-on experience as you explore the world of financial services.

Why should I choose MMU?

Practical skills from industry leaders

Start with basic budgeting and build your understanding of advanced financial management concepts.

You'll learn analytical skills from faculty with real world financial experience, including interpreting statistics, accurate reporting, developing effective projections, and translating these skills into actionable business strategy.

Both traditional students and working professionals can develop confidence and leadership skills that are essential for the always-changing worlds of commercial lending, corporate finance, securities analysis, financial planning, and more.

CFA Institute affiliated program

Our finance program is recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliate Program as our curriculum assists students in preparing for CFA(R) exams. This industry standard of excellence gives Mount Mercy finance students a competitive edge upon graduation.

The CFA charter credential is the most difficult to obtain in the finance field and also the most respected. Through the CFA program, we're able to award up to six scholarships per year to students for the CFA exam—saving you roughly $1,000.

Accelerated curriculum

 Traditional curriculum  

Complete your degree in 18-24 months

Choose the format that works best for you—on-campus, accelerated, or Degree in Three. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed. 

Working professionals can take classes in 5- and 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows working adults to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:

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Where can it take me?

Find your path to success in the financial field

Businesses of all sizes have financial management needs that you will be able to fill as a Mount Mercy University graduate. The leadership and communication skills you will gain through the program will lead you to success in any industry in companies both local and global.

We partner with organizations like Transamerica, Alliant Energy, Collins Aerospace, and others to get you in the door with internships that allow you to gain practical experience in real-world scenarios.

The finance program also offers a minor which is a great companion to other business majors. For some students, continuing on for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Mount Mercy is their next step.

Tom Budde '17

"It's a direct result of my education that I'm now working as an investment analyst at Aegon Asset Management where I have to understand all of it and understand it well. MMU was the launch pad for my career."

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Learn more about:

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

You can transfer up to 75 credits from an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits from a regionally accredited 4-year university

Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Careers in finance

High-demand positions across all sectors

Mount Mercy finance graduates benefit from a well-established relationship with the local business community, who are always in search of qualified graduates. 

Our graduates have found jobs locally and nationally at companies like AEGON, Great America Financial Company, Raytheon, AXA Advisors, and more.

You will find Mount Mercy finance graduates working in positions like: 

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Banker
  • Loan Officer
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Analyst
  • Bank Manager