If you're interested in finance, it's not out of reach. Our Finance department provides you with experiential learning opportunities so you're ready for a life in banking, insurance, financial planning, and more, after graduation.
Can you manage money like it’s your job? Learn the skills to turn it into one. Whether it’s personal, corporate, or public, our finance program teaches you how to evaluate and control risk for positions in the real-world after graduation.
Finance is the study of the creation and management of wealth. Our program prepares students for positions in the financial and non-financial enterprises. The curriculum is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Finance majors find job opportunities with a variety of companies, both domestic and abroad.
A finance major learns how to evaluate and control risk. The finance program prepares students for a variety of positions in financial and non-financial enterprises. Career opportunities exist in commercial banking and financial institutions and in the regulatory agencies that oversee them. Additional opportunities exist in corporate finance including positions in financial analysis, cash management, and credit management. Investment-oriented students can explore opportunities in brokerage, bank trust and institution portfolio management. People with degrees in finance have careers as commercial bankers, investment bankers, loan officers, financial analysts, insurance underwriters, stockbrokers, institutional portfolio managers, credit managers, insurance and risk managers, and financial planners.
Areas of Emphasis
Banking Area of Emphasis
The Banking Area of Emphasis prepares finance majors for successful careers in the banking industry. Graduates will be familiar with the composition of this sector, its regulatory environment, and factors influencing commercial bank performance.
Energy Finance Area of Emphasis
Corporate Finance and Valuation Area of Emphasis
The Corporate Finance/Valuation Area of Emphasis prepares finance majors for successful careers in financial management for private and public corporations, valuation, and entrepreneurial enterprises. Graduates also meet the professional standards required for the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) certification.
Risk Management and Insurance Area of Emphasis
The Risk Management and Insurance area of emphasis prepares students for practices and procedures in the business of corporate risk management and insurance industry operations.
Investment Area of Emphasis
Wealth Management Area of Emphasis
The Wealth Management Area of Emphasis provides students with a strong foundation for becoming a practicing financial planner. The curriculum meets the educational requirements for the Certified Financial Planning designation (CFP).
General Finance Area of EmphasisFinance (FIN) Coursework: 12 hours
Cost and Aid
How much does Finance at WVU cost? And how can you save?
Tuition and Fees
Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
West Virginia Resident
Per Credit - $428
Per Semester - $5,136
Fall and Spring Semesters - $10,272
Per Credit - $1,126
Per Semester - $13,512
Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,024
Per Credit - $1,126
Per Semester - $13,812
Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,624
Student Managed Investment Fund
The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) was created in Spring of 2017 as an actively managed student investment portfolio of $250K to help bridge the gap between the academic and professional spheres. With an overall goal of $1 million, the fund hopes to continue to grow and give back to students through scholarship opportunities. The effort to initiate the Student Managed Investment Fund was spearheaded by Fred Tattersall, a 1970 WVU finance graduate. Mr. Tattersall, along with the help of nine other Founders Club members, were able to establish the fund.
The SMIF, which is connected to a course in Applied Investment Management taught by Dr. Naomi Boyd, teaches students technical and fundamental analysis, development of successful trading strategies, industry analysis and communications skills, while providing them with the analytical tools to make sound investment decisions.
Donate to the Student Managed Investment Fund
On the giving page, select "Department of Finance" from the Designation drop down menu and mention that you'd like your donation to go toward the Student Managed Investment Fund in the Comments section.
The Bloomberg LabWhat is Bloomberg?
The Bloomberg Lab is a dedicated resource for all business students free of charge. The Bloomberg Terminal software provides real-time market data, breaking news, in-depth research, and powerful analytics.
For new students, we highly recommend taking the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Tutorial. This allows students to gain a knowledgeable foundation of financial and economic literacy, key Terminal navigation concepts, and data interpretation skills applicable for academic and personal uses. Also, it is a great resume builder!
The lab is staffed with MS Finance students to help students navigate the Bloomberg Terminal and are always willing to answer questions.
Finance Seminar Series
The WVU Department of Finance invites speakers to present academic research through the Finance Seminar Series.
Seminar Series Coordinator: Pawan Jain and Helen Wang.
Sept 09 Tarun Chordia (Emory University)
Sept 16 Andriy Shkilko (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Sept 30 Sadok El Ghoul (University of Alberta)
Oct 14 Arun Upadhyay (Florida International University)
Oct 28 John Nofsinger (University of Alaska)
Nov 11 Robert VanNess (University of Mississippi)
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