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What can I expect as a Gies Finance student?

Finance majors at Gies Business develop the skills to assist organizations and individuals with the acquisition and management of funds. Here, you will learn not only the financial theories that guide the profession, but also access the practical tools used by finance professionals. With a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Gies, you will have the skills to analyze financial data and to determine the value of assets and the return on risk, all of which will position you to guide high-stakes decisions for organizations.

Careers and outcomes

Finance is a fast-paced career with opportunities across several interrelated areas, including asset management and financial planning, banking and investments, consulting, corporate finance, insurance, real estate, sales, and trading. A degree from the Department of Finance at Gies prepares you for success in any of these areas. In 2019, Gies finance graduates earned an average salary of $67,579.

Learn from award-winning educators

Our nationally ranked Department of Finance is home to outstanding educators who deliver innovative courses that challenge and prepare you. You will be part of an active, engaging community of learners, teachers, and mentors. The collaborative educational experience will set you on a path to success.

Benefit from real-world learning

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Select finance majors are eligible for acceptance to the Golder Academies, an enrichment program that offers opportunities for students to get advanced, real-world experience in the profession. Through the three academies, Investment Banking, Investment Management, and Finance, you advance your analytic, strategic, and communications skill development, receive mentorship and training for internships and interviews, and network with prominent industry professionals. The AXIS Risk Management Academy offers similar opportunities for students interested in a career in the insurance industry. The Women in Finance Academy provides an environment where women studying the field are supported and mentored.

Hands-on Learning

The Margolis Market Information Lab gives finance students valuable practice with state-of-the-art financial software, preparing you to make decisions on Wall Street.

Typical Plan of Study

The typical plan of study includes business core courses, major core courses, and the required number of major electives. The major electives sample is not a comprehensive list. Students work directly with a Gies academic advisor to determine appropriate coursework, scheduling, and number of credit hours needed to fulfill degree requirements.

Business Core Courses
Sample Finance Major Courses
Sample Major Electives

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."

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