Finance

Our finance major is the first to be recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute University Recognition Program in Michigan.

Reasons you will love our finance degree program:

  • 89% post-graduation job placement 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 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

  • FIN 3100—Introduction to Financial Markets
  • FIN 3450—Computer Applications in Finance
  • FIN 3510—Investment Analysis
  • FIN 3000+—Level Economics Course

Electives (four required)

FIN 3300—Real Estate Fundamentals

FIN 3350—Small Business Finance

FIN 3410—eFinance

FIN 3600—Risk and Insurance

FIN 4120—Global Financial Markets

FIN 4260—Corporate Finance

FIN 4250—Short-term Financial Management

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:

Dr. David Burnie
Office: 3366 Schneider | (269) 387-5986
Email David Burnie

Dr. Jim DeMello
Office: 3296 Schneider | (269) 387-5722
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Dr. C.R. Krishna-Swamy
Office: 3256 Schneider | (269) 387-5761
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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