Finance

Our finance major is part of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program.

Reasons you will love our finance degree program:

  • 91% post-graduation success rate
  • Ph.D. faculty-led courses
  • Real-world experience in finance
  • Finance degree scholarships
  • Registered Student Organizations

In the finance program, you will develop a broad understanding of financial decision-making. Case studies, internships and study abroad opportunities will enable you to learn the skills necessary to become a leader in the financial industry.

You might even have the opportunity, as a finance undergraduate student, to manage a real portfolio of $1.5 million in the Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, under the direction of an experienced money manager, in our Student Managed Investment Fund course. Bloomberg Certification is a required component of the program.

Invest in your future with a finance major from WMU!

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Financial Services Club

The Financial Services Club is a student organization targeted toward financial careers such as financial planning, insurance, accounting, estate planning and wealth management. Membership in FSC includes membership in the Society of Financial Service Professionals. FSC offers events with professional speakers, resume workshops, travel and volunteer opportunities.

Finance degree courses

Take the following four courses in this order:

  1. FIN 3100—Introduction to Financial Markets
  2. FIN 3450—Computer Applications in Finance
  3. FIN 3510—Investment Analysis
  4. FIN 3000+ Level—Economics Course

Electives (four required)

  • FIN 3300—Real Estate Fundamentals
  • FIN 3310—Real Estate Finance
  • FIN 3350—Small Business Finance
  • FIN 3360—Funding New and Growing Ventures
  • FIN 3410—eFinance
  • FIN 3600—Risk and Insurance
  • FIN 3720—Estate Planning
  • FIN 3730—Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • FIN 4120—Global Financial Markets
  • FIN 4250—Short-term Financial Management
  • FIN 4260—Corporate Finance
  • FIN 4320—Real Estate Investments
  • FIN 4330—Real Estate Appraisal
  • FIN 4370—Real Estate Management
  • FIN 4420—International Finance
  • FIN 4480—Internships in Finance
  • FIN 4530—Securities Analysis
  • FIN 4710—Applications in Personal Financial Planning
  • FIN 5530—Student Managed Investment Fund

View our full finance major program in the WMU catalog.

Finance Degree career placement

Finance graduates have made careers in a variety of professional positions in commercial banking, corporate finance, investment banking and money management with organizations such as:

Post-graduation success

Recent WMU graduates with finance degrees are:

  • Commercial real estate sales and agents
  • Credit analysts
  • Credit managers
  • Financial advisors
  • Financial analysts
  • Insurance agents
  • Insurance claims professionals
  • Loan officers
  • Mortgage loan officers
  • Real estate advisors
  • Real estate appraisers
  • Residential real estate agents and brokers
  • Treasury management professionals

Questions

If you have questions or concerns related to your coursework, or you seek career advising, contact a faculty member listed below:

Office: 3243 Schneider | (269) 387-6106

Email Bolortuya Enkhtaivan

Dr. C.R. Krishna-Swamy
Office: 3256 Schneider | (269) 387-5761
Email C.R. Krishna-Swamy

Dr. Wenling Lu
Office: 3245 Schneider | (269) 387-5403
Email Wenling Lu

Dr. Matthew Ross
Office: 3259 Schneider | (269) 387-5952
Email Matt Ross

Dr. Tim Scheu
Office: 3384 Schneider | (269) 387-5754
Email Tim Scheu

Office: 3381 Schneider Hall