Today's business leaders

Finance and Management

Learn to lead corporations in a fast-paced world.

56%
of companies aren't meeting leadership needs

Every organization needs good leaders, and those trained in finance and management have the training to guide companies to success and growth.

Why study finance and/or management?

  • A degree in finance is one of the best routes for advancement to leadership positions in large companies.
  • Be a part of the central area of control for most large corporations.
  • Learn to make strong financial decisions that will make your organization successful.
  • Understand how to work with people and logistics.

In the health care management world, there are days that displaying a positive attitude is more difficult than others, or when the balance of life at home and work become a challenge. But as I look back on the positive impact of my mentors at Union, I am challenged to bring that to the workplace today.

Brian Adams
2002 graduate, CEO of Florida Hospital—Tampa
photo Brian Adams

Real experience starts long before graduation.

100%
of students complete internships

At Union College, we understand the importance of experience. That's why we connect you with experienced leaders who can teach you valuable lessons—from professors, to local business leaders to mentors in internships.

Why study at Union College?

  • Learn from professors with finance experience in the business world.
  • Great relationships with multiple hospital systems gives strong internship potential.
  • Small class sizes allow for more personal interaction with professors who care about your success.
  • We focus on practical application of what you learn. You'll put together an investment portfolio, plan a financial strategy for a mock company, talk with finance executives and more!

Mentorships and internships played a major role in my education at Union. One of my business mentors help me understand how to set priorities. I learned that it was okay to miss a basketball practice once in a while to make sure I kept up my grades. Then my junior and senior year of college I did internships at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. My positive experience started to draw my attention to health care, and the internships led to a job offer there right away when I graduated.

Terry Forde
1993 graduate, President and CEO of Adventist Healthcare in Maryland
photo Terry Forde

Majors and minors

All business-related majors are offered as a business administration degree. Here are all the options available for business administration:

Accounting (two-year associate of science degree)—Gives a solid foundation in how to organize financial information for decision-making purposes; this degree works for lower-level accounting jobs. (Degree completion guide)

Business Administration (two-year associate of science degree)—Business is in all fields; this degree gives you a solid base of business knowledge and can stand on its own or pair well with other four-year degrees. (Degree completion guide)

Business Administration—four-year bachelor of science (choose one of the emphases):

  • Accounting—Become CPA-ready: Learn how to organize financial information for decision-making purposes and how to understand/analyze a company’s finances. (Degree completion guide)
  • Finance—Learn how to raise make financial decisions for a company, or prepare for a career in banking or investing. (Degree completion guide)
  • Management—Learn specific skills in managing people and projects that can start you in an HR career or prepare you for a management position down the road. (Degree completion guide)
  • Marketing—Learn to portray a company’s image to others, research consumer needs, manage a sales process and effectively advertise products/services. (Degree completion guide)
  • Science—Prepares pre-medical, dental, and optometry students to sit for entry exams (e.g. MCAT) after their junior year, while giving them knowledge to assist in running their own business. (Degree completion guide)
  • Small Business Management—Whether you plan to work in your family’s small business or start your own, this degree gives you good tools. (Degree completion guide)

Union also offers minors in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business administration
  • Business analytics
  • Marketing
  • Small business management

Career options

Top executive

Devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals by planning, directing and coordinating operational activities of an organization.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$104,000

Human resources specialist

Recruit, screen, interview, and place workers and manage employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Job outlook
7% growth (average)

Median pay
$60,000

Health services manager

Plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services for an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.

Job outlook
20% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$98,000