Finance Major Concentrations
The Department offers three main areas of specialization based on the student’s career path of interest. Each concentration leads to a nationally recognized credential that should help differentiate our students in the job search process. Eligible Finance majors are required to participate in at least one concentration (or opt-out with permission of the Department Chair). Each student meets with a full-time faculty member in the Department at least once each semester to help determine the best path forward.
Concentration in Private Wealth Management
Most students will be automatically enrolled in this popular program that provides a foundation for a career as a financial advisor, broker, financial planner, and more. Students in this concentration are encouraged to take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam during their senior year prior to graduation. Finance-Accounting double majors are permitted to enroll in this concentration at their discretion.
To successfully complete this program a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at graduation with the following four upper level Finance electives (12 credits):
- FIN 307 Financial Markets & Institutions
- FIN 305 Personal Financial Planning
- FIN 312 Investments
- FIN 405 Private Wealth Management
A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required and most prerequisite classes.
For information on the Concentration in Private Wealth Management please contact either:
Mitchell Ratner, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 255
Feng-Ying Liu, Ph.D.
Sweigart Hall 261
Concentration in Investment Analysis
Students interested in a career in security analysis and portfolio management are encouraged to enroll in this concentration along with the Concentration in Private Wealth Management. (This can be pursued as a stand-alone concentration). This program is specifically designed to prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Exam. The CFA designation is globally recognized by employers and investment professionals.
Only undergraduate Finance majors meeting strict minimums are eligible to for this concentration (see Catalog for a full list of prerequisite courses and grades). To successfully complete this program students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the five courses below (15 credits) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at graduation required:
- FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance
- FIN 312 Investments
- FIN 360 Fixed Income and Derivatives
- FIN 370 Financial Analysis and Ethics (not required for Finance-Accounting double majors)
- FIN 412 Investments Analysis and Portfolio Management or FIN 315 Financial Modeling
For information on the Concentration in Investment Analysis please contact:
Jason Chiu, Ph.D.
Sweigart Hall 262
Areas of Expertise
Corporate treasury/cash management; corporate restructuring; security issuance; dividend policy and insider trading
- Doctor of Philosophy, 1988, Drexel University, Finance, Econometrics
- Master of Business Administration, 1983, Drexel University, Accounting
Presentation of Refereed Papers
- Doctor of Philosophy, 2009, Baruch College, City University of New York, Earnings Quality and Corporate Investment
- Master of Business Administration, 2003, Columbia University, Finance
- Bachelor of Science, 1997, University of Witwatersrand, Civil Engineering
- Ratner, M. & Chiu, C. (2015). Hedging Characteristics of Commodity Investment in the Emerging Markets. Global Economy and Finance Journal, 8 (2), 1-13.