The field of Finance involves the analysis and management of money. Skills gained through the study of Finance can translate into a variety of career fields in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Students graduating from Walsh's Finance program will be prepared to begin working in a business firm or financial services, or to enter a graduate program.
A wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including Walsh's Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP) and CFA student investment team, offer students real-world applications of the coursework.
What Makes Walsh's Finance Major Unique?
Walsh's newly designed Finance curriculum was developed after careful research of peer institutions and conversations with industry professionals in order to discern skills required of a modern Finance major. The result is a curriculum consistent with current market conditions.
- Integrated Curriculum. We established principles for each major, and these become themes that are carried out and reiterated through the curriculum and any experiential learning. It's part of our effort to help students retain what they're learning and to offer them a foundation to draw upon throughout their collegiate career and beyond.
- Hands-on Experience. Under the supervision of DeVille School of Business faculty, students learn to navigate the financial markets and complete trades using real funds, and participate in a mandatory Finance internship.
- Responsible best-practices. The importance of ethical, social, moral and personal responsibility is integrated throughout the coursework. It's embedded in our classrooms and within our experiential learning activities.
- Global perspective. We delve into the impact the global environment has on the finance field. Our courses impart knowledge about how finance practices work in the global market. Students are also encouraged to participate in Global Learning experiences.
- Accelerated Option to Earn MSM. Walsh's DeVille School of Business and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management have partnered to offer a 4+1 B.A./M.S.M. Finance degree. This allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in Finance from Walsh and a Master of Science in Management-Finance degree in as little as five years.
In addition, students graduate the program with the skills necessary to:
- Integrate financial knowledge with analytical skills to solve problems in the global business setting
- Evaluate financial management theories and concepts, and apply them to maximize the value of the business enterprise
- Synthesize financial knowledge with financial analytical modeling to effectively value business enterprises.
Generally Speaking, What Courses WIll I Need to Take?
Finance majors will have a solid foundation of business courses, required of all business majors, including accounting, finance, general management, marketing and information management and analysis. In addition, students will choose one of two elective courses, Mergers & Acquisitions or Advanced Portfolio Management.
They also will be required to take field-specific courses such as:
- Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
- Global Finance
- Intermediate Excel for Finance
- Seminar in Investments
- Corporate Financial Management.
Brandyn Neal - Class of 2020
My time at Walsh has been interesting to say the least. I never imagined I would change my major, be co-president of an organization, write a book, get a job doing something I love, and all while being a full time student. I came to Walsh to prepare me for Physical Therapy school and run track, and now I am doing so much more.