Financial Services and Banking
Program TypeMajor, Minor
SchoolGary Tharaldson School of Business
Prepare for a career in the dynamic world of 21st-century banking and finance. Build a foundation of servant leadership and professional responsibility.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn to analyze financial statements, develop strategies for managing portfolios, and understand risk and its effects on finance and investment decisions. We incorporate Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values into our core curriculum, and you’ll have a variety of opportunities to serve in the community.
- Meet the CFP education prerequisite.
Financial services and banking is a registered Certified Financial Planner Board program. When you successfully complete the program, you meet the prerequisite education requirement to apply for the CFP Certification exam.
- Expand your network.
Build relationships with the region’s business community and with individuals in the banking and finance profession.
- Develop your leadership skills.
Participate in the Emerging Leaders Academy, a program that offers selected students practical experience in their field and professional mentorship.
Careers & Outcomes
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in financial service occupations to grow 5% through 2029. The BLS cites globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment as contributing factors to growing demand for professionals with finance and banking experience.
- Financial advisor
- Financial analyst
- Investment banker
- Loan officer
- Management consultant
It is hard to choose only one favorite thing about my program, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be the professors. All of the professors and staff members care for me, support me, and challenge me to be the best version of myself. They push me to work hard but also support me in life events and opportunities.
Todd Van Orman, MBA, BFA
Director of Financial Services and Banking Program, Assistant Professor of Finance
After a career in the private sector of banking and investments, I joined the University of Mary in 2017. In addition to teaching, I am also the advisor for the University of Mary Investment Club. I am originally from Mandan, ND and now live in Bismarck with my wife and daughter. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, and continuing to learn about any number of topics, from investing to history to art. I am an audit committee member at a local financial institution, serve on the Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority, and volunteer teaching financial literacy. I am also working towards a PhD in Financial Planning through Kansas State University.