The Financial Information and Analysis (FI&A) undergraduate bachelor's degree program provides students with expertise in both finance and accounting, including accounting as a language of business or organizational decision-making, and the use of this information by financial decision makers.

The knowledge and skills developed through our Financial Information and Analysis major curriculum will give you the ability to succeed in a workplace, integrating traditional functions of finance and accounting in roles such as a financial analyst, corporate financial planner, certified public accountant and many more. With a Financial Information and Analysis degree, you'll gain a fundamental knowledge of managerial accounting, cost accounting and financial statement analysis, preparing you for graduate work or a successful career in industry.

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Financial Information and Analysis Careers

The Financial Information and Analysis bachelor's degree provides graduates with great flexibility in their future careers. As an FI&A major, you will be prepared for a successful career in any of the following roles:

  • management accounting personnel
  • accounting information systems designer
  • financial manager
  • investment manager
  • financial services personnel
  • corporate financial planner
  • certified public accountant
  • comptroller
  • accounting analyst
  • replenishment consultant
  • financial validation analyst
  • associate financial analyst
  • human capital management consultant
  • supply chain consultant
  • credit analyst
  • IRS investigator/agent
  • management accountant
  • bank manager
  • budget analyst
  • business manager
  • commodity trader
  • controller
  • CFO
  • financial analyst and planner
  • certified financial planner

Graduates of the Financial Information and Analysis major have recently been hired by companies such as Amazon, BP, Car-Freshner Corporation, Edward Jones, ExxonMobil, IBM, National Pavement, Stanley Black and Decker, Volkswagen Group of America and Wealth Preservation Group. Some graduates continue on to graduate school, attending institutions such as the University of Wisconsin, the College of William & Mary, and also choosing to pursue Clarkson's own Master's of Business Administration (MBA) programs.  

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Financial Information and Analysis Curriculum

Major in Financial Information & Analysis

To earn a Clarkson Financial Information and Analysis bachelor's degree, students complete 69 credits in foundation coursework focused around specialized business courses such as economics, mathematics, marketing, operations, supply chain management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, 18 credit hours of free electives in accounting and finance courses and 33 credits in the Clarkson Common Experience. Financial Information and Analysis majors take courses such as:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Investments
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Auditing
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Portfolio Management
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
Financial Information and Analysis Major Curriculum

The Financial Information and Analysis (FIA) program consists of 33 credits of Clarkson Common Experience, 42 credits of foundation coursework in business, 27 credits of specialized business courses, and 18 credits of electives.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

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Financial Information & Analysis Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

AC305 Cost Accounting
AC311 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
AC312 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
FN462 Investments
FN464 Financial Management II
FN470 Strategic Financial Management


Financial Information & Analysis Core Electives

Students must complete 3 of the following courses:

AC407 Taxation of Business Entities
AC421 Accounting Information Systems
AC431 Advanced Accounting: Investment & Ownership Interests
AC436 Auditing
FN/EC468 Financial Markets & Institutions
FN455 Venture Capital & Private Equity
FN467 International Finance
FN474 Models for Financial Analysis
FN475 Portfolio Management
FN575 Professional Fund Management I and/or 
FN576 Professional Fund Management II (must total at least 3 credits)
IS301 Applied Data Analytics
LW471 Law & Society II


Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in FI&A will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives
Students majoring in Financial Information & Analysis will have approximately 6 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

Professional Experience
All students participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research or a community project clearly related to the student's professional goals.

Global Experience
A global experience is required for graduation for all Clarkson Business students. Employers want our graduates to understand different cultures and diversity and to have had first-hand exposure. Students will have a variety of opportunities, such as a semester exchange and/or faculty-led global business trips, to satisfy this requirement.

Accounting Concentration

No matter the location, size, and industry of a business, accounting is a common language worldwide. According to PayScale, the average Certified Piblic Accountant (CPA) salary is over $65,000. Students majoring in Financial Information and Analysis can choose to pursue a concentration in accounting. This program prepares students to either enter industry, sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or start their own accounting practice.

Accounting Concentration

Why is accounting so important? In today’s economy, accounting is everywhere. Accounting information directly leads to fluctuations in the stock market. To reduce accounting cost is one of the main reasons for corporate outsourcing. The government relies heavily on accounting information in collecting taxes. Scandals such as Madoff and the Enron are a result of accounting errors and manipulations. No matter the location, size or industry of a business, accounting is a common language worldwide. It processes financial information and reports the results such as revenue and profit. It documents costs, which is essential in business decisions such as pricing and expansion. Apart from collecting and analyzing information, accountants interpret and communicate complex business information with investors, creditors and government agencies and also are the guardians of the integrity of firms’ financial statements.

Due to the consistent and strong demand for accounting professionals, accounting graduates have always enjoyed much popularity among the employers. According to the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, the overall average salary for college graduates in 2016 was $50,359, while those graduating with an accounting degree averaged $53,539, and those with a finance degree, $55,974. The Clarkson program prepares you to sit for the exams that qualify you to work in more advanced settings. Those who have the certification of Certified Public Accountants have a median salary of $73,800, with top salaries around $124,000.


Accounting Program

This concentration is designed for students majoring in financial information and analysis who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting and are preparing for their CPA. Students in the accounting concentration learn about the role of accounting as the basic language of business, the importance of accounting information systems in organizational decision-making and the use of this information by financial decision makers in managing assets and investments.

After completion of the accounting concentration, you will be prepared to either enter industry, sit for your CPA exam or start your own accounting practice. Our curriculum gives you the ability to go anywhere and do anything with your degree.


Accounting Careers

Some of the job titles our students with a concentration in accounting pursue:

  • Certified Public Accountant (completion of 150 hrs and CPA exam).
  • Comptroller.
  • Accounting Analyst.
  • Replenishment Consultant.
  • IRS Investigator/Agent.
Relevant Minors

Financial Information and Analysis majors have the opportunity to explore minors that will complement the FI&A bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks.

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Economics Minor

The development of an understanding in economics is not only necessary for all managers but also for all those seeking to understand how and why economic forces affect and shape the society and the world we live in. The success of any business ultimately depends on the decisions its managers make concerning the allocation of resources under differing market and economic conditions. Successful decision-making requires a good understanding of markets and the central role that economic incentives play within and outside the firm.

The Clarkson economics minor is designed to give you the basic tools and analytical background in economic analysis. The minor in economics can complement almost any major, whether it be in arts and sciences, business or engineering.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.


Economics Minor Core

The minor in economics consists of 18 credit hours of economic courses as follows:

  • EC150 Principles of Microeconomics
  • or Economic Principles and Engineering or EC350 Economics*
  • EC151 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • or Economic Principles and Engineering or EC350 Economics*
  • EC311** Intro to Econometrics


Economics Electives

Students must complete three or four electives (9 credit hours) of 300- or 400-level EC-designated courses if a student has taken EC150 and EC151. Four electives (12 credit hours) of 300- or 400-level EC-designated courses if a student has taken EC350.

*A student may not take EC150 or EC151 if a student has taken EC350. Entry to EC350 is limited to students who have declared a major in engineering and management or a major in the School of Engineering.

** Students who have completed Stat383 Probability and Statistics are exempt from EC311 but will have to complete another upper-level economics course to replace EC311.

Quality-Based Project Management Minor

Quality-based project management is a field that entails managing people, resources and budgets to ensure that projects are completed on-time, on-budget and within performance.

This minor is available to all undergraduate students and is intended for students who want to prepare themselves for potential careers in project-centered work. This is the most popular minor in the School of Business and draws students from the School of Engineering, the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business. Students with this minor can pursue jobs in construction management, contract administration and cost engineering, to name a few.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.


Your Future

A unique benefit of this minor is that students can pursue certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI) ™ after completing the requirements of minor. PMI’s Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) ® is considered the pathway to the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® certification that is rapidly emerging as one of the fastest growing professional certifications in many industries and career areas.

Additionally, certain students may opt to sit for the American Society for Quality’s “Certified Quality Improvement Associate” exam since the Quality Management course covers the body of knowledge for that particular certification. Students who pursue the minor are under no obligation to sit for the CAPM ® or CQIA ®, which require an application and separate fee, completed and paid for by the student.


Quality-Based Project Management Minor

Clarkson University offers a Minor in Quality-Based Project Management, a field that entails managing people, resources, and budgets to ensure projects are completed on-time, on-budget, and within performance.  
The minor is:

  • Open to all students in all majors and is useful for engineers, science and business majors.  
  • An opportunity for students to pursue certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI), a great resume item and source of value recognized by employers.
  • An opportunity for certain students to sit for the American Society for Quality’s 
    “Certified Quality Improvement Associate” exam.

To earn a minor in quality-based project management, students must maintain a 2.0 average in the five 3-credit courses, distributed in the following fashion:


Quality-Based Project Management Minor Core I

Students must take the following courses:

  • OM/EM380 Project Management 
  • OM/EM451 Quality Management and Lean Enterprise 

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • OM/EM484 Advanced Project Management 
  • EM482 Systems Engineering and Management


Quality-Based Project Management Minor Core II

Students must complete one of the following options:

Option 1

  • OS/EM286 Organizational Behavior 
  • OS352 Strategic Human Resource Management 

Option 2

  • OS/EM286 Organizational Behavior 
  • OS466 Negotiations and Relationship Management 

Option 3

  • OM/EM331 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • OM/EM476 Management of Technology
  • or EM482 Systems Engineering and Management
  • or EM/OM484 Advanced Project Management , whichever is not selected in Core I
Statistics Minor

The minor in Statistics is open to all students except those majoring in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, or Data Science. To complete the minor the student must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in courses totaling at least 21 credits.

At least one-fourth of the credit hours required must be completed at Clarkson, unless an exception is approved by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.


Statistics Minor Core I

Students must complete one course from the following areas:


  • MA181 Basic Calculus
  • or MA131 Calculus I
  • or Equivalent

Linear Algebra

  • MA239 Elementary Linear Algebra
  • or MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
  • or Equivalent


Statistics Minor Core II

Students must complete the following course areas:

Introductory Statistics

  • STAT282 Probability and Statistics
  • or STAT383 Probability and Statistics
  • or Equivalent

Statistics or Projects

Students must take at least 12 additional credits from statistics courses or projects including at least two statistics courses or projects from departments other than Mathematics.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

As part of our curriculum requirements, all Financial Information and Analysis majors participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research, or a community project clearly related to the student's professional goals. Recent internship employers include:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • IBM
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • General Electric
  • Accenture
  • Wells Fargo
  • Goodyear
  • Lockheed Martin
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