Financial Technology (FinTech) is a term used to describe the increasing use of technology in the financial services industry. The presence of Blockchain, coupled with technologies such as Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, is materially changing the ways that firms in the financial services industry do business. The field of finance has become far more tech-driven in all of its subdisciplines. A FinTech minor will allow students to gain a thorough understanding of the intersection between finance and technology. The minor will provide students with the opportunity to complete at least 18 credit hours, including the rigorous core coursework of a traditional finance domain, while also developing a solid technical background to complement their finance knowledge.

The College of Business and Technology has a set of well-established Program Learning Goals and Learning Objectives across all programs that are assessed on a periodic basis. The College of Business and Technology is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is among the top five percent of the worldwide business schools offering degree programs. See the Dean’s Welcome for four compelling features to study in the College of Business and Technology.

Program Benefits

The FinTech minor is designed to introduce students to the fundamental building blocks of financial technologies and real-world applications. Students will learn the essential components of technology-driven financial strategies, from cryptocurrencies to portfolio optimization to regulations related to FinTech. Students will also learn how to explore the disruptive force of changing financial methods and gain a deeper understanding of digital payments, financial bot-advising, E-crowdfunding, virtual peer-to-peer lending and blockchain.

In addition to affordability and small class-size, students in the program can get benefits in numerous ways, both personally and professionally. By enrolling in the FinTech minor, you can:

  • Stay relevant with the latest trends and advancements in financial technology.
  • Enhance practical skills via hands-on learning opportunities with real-world projects, simulations and case studies.
  • Build a strong professional network within the FinTech field, potentially opening doors to internships, job opportunities and mentorships.
  • Attain a well-rounded interdisciplinary skill set that encompasses elements from different domains of finance, information systems, economics, analytics and other related fields.

Career Options

The FinTech labor market is booming. The number of jobs seeking FinTech skills has increased dramatically over the last few years and is predicted to continue growing through the next decade. Obtaining skills in such a dual domain as FinTech will help you not only strengthen your major career path but also broaden your career opportunities that make you more attractive to potential employers in the financial-technology industry.

The skills acquired through this program can be highly valuable for students who pursue their future careers within the top ten fintech sectors, which encompass blockchain, insurtech, mobile banking, online banking, financial analytics, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, smart financing, innovative payments and Robo-advising.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the minor in Financial Technology and the courses offered toward the program.

Financial Technology, Minor

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Accounting, Business Law and Finance at (773) 442-6140.

Accounting, Business Law and Finance

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