Creighton to Offer New FinTech Degree This Fall

Creighton to Offer New FinTech Degree This Fall

Creighton’s new FinTech degree program was featured in Forbes in May, as one of the first of its kind in the United States.

The program merges finance principles with technical skills to prepare finance students for the real-world financial services industry. It combines Creighton’s finance degree program with the business intelligence and analytics (BIA) program, which are both ranked in the top-25 by U.S. News & World Report.

“Compared to, say, five years ago, the field of finance has become far more data-driven in all subdisciplines of finance,” says Lee Dunham, PhD, associate professor of finance, chair of the Economics and Finance Department at the Heider College of Business and initiator of the FinTech major at Creighton. “Consequently, having finance majors just acquire the relevant finance ‘textbook knowledge’ is becoming increasingly insufficient to be competitive in the workforce.”

Creighton’s undergraduate program will begin on campus in the fall 2019 semester.

The new major will include five finance courses and five BIA courses, all of which are closely linked to the technologies used by firms in the financial services industry.

The FinTech major will not only make students more competitive in the job market, but it will also “provide them with a thorough understanding of how these technologies are disrupting traditional financial institutions, and how these institutions are starting to respond,” says Dunham.

All the while, he says, “our amazing finance faculty will continue to deliver incredible instruction of the finance coursework, while our amazing BIA faculty will now deliver the necessary technical classes on the technology side of the FinTech major.”