The Finance program provides you with an understanding of the relationships between business finance and our economic systems in the context of analysis and decision making. A career in finance offers a fast-paced competitive environment that is financially rewarding.

The finance field offers you a wide range of financial knowledge involving forecasting, budgeting, planning, and controlling. You develop valued skills in small class settings and are able to select courses suited to your interests, chosen from a wide range of topics. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, financial analyst, portfolio manager, investment banker, bank management, product development and more.


Financial Planning

There is a growing need for financial planners – people who help other people build wealth and plan for kids’ college expenses, retirement, and other needs. We have a partnership with NY Life and Cerifi to provide training and test materials for the Securities Industry Exam (SIE), which is the first step toward a career in financial planning.


We have partnered with the Ohio Bankers’ League for our students to obtain free training and internships in banks either near their hometown or near Kent State University. The program provides two weeks of basic bank training and then provides a twelve-week internship for the student during the summer.

Financial Law

We have partnered with the University of Akron School of Law, Cleveland State University College of Law and Case Western Reserve College of Law in a 3+3 JD program. This allows students to go only three years at Kent State and then three years at law school. The first of those three years in law school is applied back to Kent State to complete our finance major.

Real Estate

We have partnerships with several local real estate firms who perform research and analyze investments in real estate. Our alumni work in private equity and hedge fund firms like The Townsend Group and the Stepstone Group.

Investment Analysis

The Finance major at Kent State University is a University Affiliated Program with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA™) Society. Finance majors receive scholarships for study materials and CFA program tests. From the CFA website: “An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams.”



B.B.A. in Finance

Finance Minor

Ph.D. in Finance


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David Pelleg posing with members from Akron Roundtable

Finance Lecturer, David Pelleg, spoke at the Akron Roundtable on 9/21/2023. The topic was “The Crypto Conundrum - Breaking Down Bitcoin Basics,” and covered an array of topics including the history of Bitcoin, blockchain technology, mining, security and privacy aspects, economical risks, societal impacts and more. 





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Each academic department has an Advisory Board that helps guide and develop the curriculum and programs. For more information, contact Department Chair Dr. Steve Dennis.



Steve Dennis


Steven A. Dennis, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Finance

Phone: 330-672-2426
Fax: 330-672-9806
404 Business Administration Building

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P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242