Mission Statement

Our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, professional skills, tools and networks needed to achieve their personal and professional goals and to prepare our graduates to be leading members of public, private, government and nonprofit organizations.

About the Department

The Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance, in conjunction with the other departments in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with three options: Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, and Risk Management and Insurance. Students who major outside of the Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance may complete a minor in Finance.

Academic Advisement

Academic advisement helps students meet their academic goals and graduate in a timely manner. Freshmen are first advised by the Matador Advising Hub and then transition to college-level advisement after completion of their first year. The Nazarian College Student Services Center/EOP Satellite provides academic advisement for Nazarian College majors during the remainder of their time at CSUN. Furthermore, Nazarian College Student Services Center/EOP Satellite provides specialized support and retention services for Nazarian College students admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program from time of admission through time of graduation.


The B.S. in Business Administration options help prepare graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in various industries and sectors of the economy. Students graduating with an option in a finance-related field receive among the highest average starting salaries of business graduates.

The option in Financial Analysis prepares graduates for the fields in investment, portfolio management, corporate financial analysis and general finance.

The option in Financial Planning prepares graduates for the fields in consulting and financial advising and for a solid foundation for a career in personal financial planning.

The option in Risk Management and Insurance prepares graduates for a wide variety of analytical, managerial or underwriting careers in the risk management and insurance industry.


The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Approximately 6 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation.


The Business Honors Program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems, or Business Administration with an option in either Business Analytics, Business Law, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, or Systems and Operations Management, who meet all Business Honors Program admissions criteria. Students who apply and are selected for admission to the program are offered a variety of benefits; for example, priority registration, mentorship and networking opportunities, a dedicated workspace, specialized academic advisement, smaller class sizes and cohort coursework. Students who fulfill all Business Honors Program requirements will receive the Business Honors option designation on their transcript in addition to their primary degree. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit the Business Honors Program website.

Clubs and Societies

Career Education and Professional Development Center

The Center for Career Education and Professional Development (CEPD) is a decentralized career center in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics staffed by professionals who assist students and alumni with their experiential learning, career exploration and career networking needs. Our model is grounded in business-specific career development, experiential learning, employer relations and connections with the community.

Services provided include:

  • Career coaching and personal development.
  • Career exploration.
  • Internship and mentorship assistance.
  • Job search preparation and tools.
  • Specialized programs and workshops.

For more information, call (818) 677-4697 or visit the Career Education and Professional Development website.



Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance
Chair: Kristine Beck
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3125
(818) 677-2459