About the Program
Finance is the study of creating and managing wealth. It is about corporations, individuals, governments and not-for-profit entities and how these entities manage their money. You will discover what “the time value of money” means, how to manage corporate cash flow and how to effectively allocate resources.
You will study investment management, financial analytic tools and corporate forecasting. After taking accounting and economics, you’ll begin to analyze money in different ways to answer questions like: How do multinational corporations account for currency exchanges? When you are buying another company, how do you decide how much it is worth? What is involved when companies have their Initial Public Offering? What do Private Equity firms do? How do Venture Capital investors identify the next Facebook?
The undergraduate program is a 120 credit hour program that provides students with a foundation for a successful career in finance. In addition to classroom coursework, our program offers opportunities to participate in intra- and inter-collegiate case competitions, hands-on investment management practice, and student-led club activities. The Purdue Finance Workshop connects outstanding finance majors with successful alums pursuing careers in finance in every major financial center on the planet. The Financial Management Association has an active chapter on campus and connects students with finance professionals from corporations and hi-tech start-ups.
A student majoring in finance may choose from a range of management concentrations that strengthen the skill set and business integration skills for a high impact career in financial management. These include accounting, data analytics, management consulting, or innovation management.
The Daniels School also offers a one-year Master of Science in Finance program that is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in economics, statistics, math, computer science or general management.
A range of opportunities are available to start your career in finance. Graduates can start out as financial analysts in large corporations looking at the bottom line and predicting profits. Other opportunities exist in a fast-paced financial leadership development program or investment banking or private equity firms. Other graduates find challenging careers in asset management, investment analysis, and equity research.
Finance Major Change (CODO) Requirements
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)
The ♦ course is considered critical.
In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major. Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful. These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”.