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.
Department Chair for Finance
With a degree in finance, you will find a wide range of career opportunities in large corporations and small corporations alike with graduate degrees available as well.
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 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.
The Finance program trains you to understand the specifics of finance in management, systems, investments and international business. By supplementing the Finance degree with certain electives, you can branch further into investments, bank management, risk and insurance, real estate and accounting. The curriculum prepares you for entry-level positions across the financial career spectrum.
Knowledge of finance is necessary in any business or organization in order to analyze and execute successful product, profit and value creation. The finance minor will provide you with the fundamentals of financial management, as well as institutional finance and the financial markets in which all businesses operate.
PH.D. IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE CONCENTRATION
The Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance provides you with research and teaching skills to join university finance faculties in the United States or internationally. This is a four-year program that includes coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation.
We offer four Finance-specific scholarships along with general College of Business scholarships based on merit and financial need. Internship and study abroad scholarships are also available.
Xiaoling Pu is an Assistant Professor of Finance. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008. Her current research interests include credit risk, credit derivatives, credit markets and investments. Her research articles are published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Banking and Finance.
Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE) Alumni
The College of Business Administration is introducing the MSFE alumni page to benefit the 220 graduates of the former MSFE program. The MSFE program began in 2002 and ended in 2012 due to the Great Recession and changes in attitude toward financial engineering in response to the economic downturn.
A goal of the college is to keep the legacy of the MSFE program alive by fostering a vibrant and connected MSFE alumni group.
The Financial Management Association exists to extend knowledge of finance beyond what can be easily taught in a classroom. The Financial Management Association provides you with information on how to increase your skills in finance, provides you with internship leads and direction on how to begin a successful finance career and helps you to develop vital networking skills that are essential in today’s business world.
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.