Financial Markets and Economic Analysis

Student studies in Conway Hall

Program Description 

The stock market rises and falls with such volatility that it can be difficult to discern what factors do and do not dictate its movements. If you dig into the facts, however, it is possible to crack the code to domestic and international markets and understand the complexities of the market in the context of the economy and society at large.

In the Financial Markets and Economic Analysis concentration of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA) at the Helzberg School of Management, students explore concepts in investments, financial markets, and financial institutions in the context of complex international economies. Students emerge prepared to analyze multifaceted market functions and to make agile, intelligent decisions in the world of investments and trade.

In addition to Financial Markets and Economic Analysis coursework, students in this concentration complete two innovative sequences as part of the BSBA core. Both the Professional Readiness sequence and the Technology and Predictive Analytics sequences were developed by the Helzberg School of Management based on market research and consultation with hiring managers at area corporations to prepare students for the evolving workplace. Students also have the option to pursue Excel certifications as part of their studies.

The Helzberg School of Management is an AACSB*-accredited business school, an achievement only 5% of all business schools in the world can claim. Students in the Helzberg School of Management emerge from their bachelor's education as leaders of competence and conscience.

*Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Learning Outcomes 

  • Leadership: Graduates exhibit skills in personal responsibility, awareness of self and others, ability to work effectively in groups, and ability to foster positive team dynamics.
  • Ethical Behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility: Graduates identify and analyze personal ethical problems to propose and defend an appropriate course of action as well as identify and analyze issues in corporate social responsibility to propose and defend an appropriate course of action.
  • Business Skills and Knowledge: Graduates define, describe and demonstrate foundational business knowledge.
  • International/Global: Graduates integrate relevant cultural, social, political, historical, geographic and environmental factors into the analysis of business issues and the development of an appropriate course of action.
  • Information Analysis and Application: Graduates identify, access and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop, select and evaluate appropriate courses of action.
  • Communication: Graduates produce and deliver effective written products and oral communications in a variety of contexts using effective technologies.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Internships: Rockhurst University’s Career Services helps students search for internships consistent with their interests
  • Networking: Students have tons of opportunities to network with prospective employers both through the Helzberg School of Management and Rockhurst University Career Services events such as Leadership & Ethics Day, Dinner with the Industry and Meet the Firms
  • Magis Leaders Program: Students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long, enhanced professional readiness program. With their mentor from the community, each student in the program will assess and adjust their personal and professional skills to enhance their performance in organizational settings
  • Regional Finance Competition: Students participate in – and many have won – the Gould Scholastic Award competition for substantial cash prizes
  • Capstone Project: Students complete their bachelor's education by developing a complete business concept responding to a social need that they identify
  • Dean's Scholar Program: Earn a bachelor's and master's degree in only five years! Learn more about the program here


After graduation, students may begin their careers in positions such as:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Economic Analyst
  • Trade Specialist
  • Stock Broker
  • Investment Banker
  • Bond Trader
  • Financial Planner