New Program Helps to Prepare Finance Students for Series 7 Exam

Student in classThe finance program is now offering advanced preparation for students to become licensed in securities trading, thanks to a sponsorship by Edward Jones.

The new offering provides finance students with the training required to take the licensing exam to become securities traders. Known as the Series 7 course, the class is typically taken by new employees in the first year after being hired by a trading firm. Under the partnership with Edward Jones, WMU students will be prepared to take the licensing exam upon being hired.

“This is another example of how well our program prepares our students for the job market,” says Dr. Devrim Yaman, chair of the Department of Finance and Commercial Law and incoming associate dean of undergraduate programs.

Studies point to a lack of qualified professionals in the finance advisory industry in coming years, as more advisors are retiring from the field than are entering it. Dr. David Burnie, professor of finance, says the partnership provides Haworth College of Business students with several advantages. “The students are studying the material that professionals in the field do; they will have the advantage of having studied the Series 7 material, which will put them in a strong position before their first brokerage position.”