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Finance

We stress hands-on learning. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner, Certified Valuation Analysis and Certified Financial Analyst exams.

Description

What is Finance at WVU like?

Description

Finance is the study of the creation and management of wealth. A Finance major learns how to evaluate and control assets and risks to maximize the value to owners or beneficiaries. This involves such day-to-day activities as collecting/paying money and interacting with banks and other financial institutions. Also involved is long-range planning about what building and equipment to buy, what stocks to purchase or issue, managing dividends and interest, using insurance to protect assets and developing new financial instruments or services. Finance majors are prepared for careers on either side of the desk: as sellers or buyers of investments; as credit seekers or credit grantors; and as purveyors or recipients of insurance services.

Finance majors take a 37-credit-hour core business curriculum that is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Emphasis is on developing skills for effective teamwork, communication and leadership—the skills employers value highly.

At a Glance

Opportunities

What makes Finance at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Independent study is common. If you have an interest, the faculty will work with you to build an opportunity. Finance students also have access to a competitive research grant that is awarded over the summer.

You are encouraged to participate in an internship after your first semester in the College. Internships are an extension of the learning experience and provide insights into the actual operations of an organization. The College’s Center for Career Development uses its extensive network of firms and organizations to help you find the right internship.

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with a degree in Finance?

Recent graduates have been employed by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), First United, WesBanco, AXA Advisors, Aldi, Mylan and State Street

Finance graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner, Certified Valuation Analysis and Certified Financial Analyst exams.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Finance major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Finance at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Finance major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

FIN 310:
Investments

Investment analysis and management for the individual and the financial institution.

FIN 350:
General Insurance

Theory of risk and its application to insurance; principles underlying insurance- life, property, casualty, fire, and surety.

FIN 411:
Derivatives

Examines derivatives markets with an emphasis on options. Introduces the concept of arbitrage and the implications for derivatives equilibrium pricing. Applications of derivatives in financial risk management.

Cost

How much does Finance at WVU cost?

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 Semester $5,124
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,248
Non-Resident
Per Semester $13,368
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,736
International
Per Semester $13,668
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,336
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Ways to Save

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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the College of Business and Economics may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Finance has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Finance at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet one of these requirements for the 2017-18 academic year:

For direct admission to the College of Business and Economics:
  • ACT Math: 19
  • SAT Math: 500
For direct admission to the Finance program:
  • GPA: 3.25
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 570

If you don't meet the requirements for WVU's Finance major, check out some related programs.

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Finance major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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