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Degree Programs

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Our undergraduate finance program provides you with an overall understanding of business operations paired with a strong background in economics on both the micro and macro levels.  Along with a theoretical background, our students are well equipped with advanced computer skills, an expertise in mathematics, and a strong understanding of world affairs. You’ll receive hands-on experience through internships, community service and many field trips and networking opportunities to introduce you to the intricate world of financial markets and work-force preparation. Whitman's undergraduate major in real estate is also offered through the Department of Finance.


In today’s competitive business world, our students who earn their MBA with a specialization in finance find themselves recruited by some of the best financial agencies and corporations in the world. Providing strong theoretical background, you’ll learn how to think strategically in a variety of financial situations. Our curriculum includes specialization courses in investments, corporate finance, international finance, and financial institutions and markets. Through this rigorous curriculum, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the principles of finance, how these principles apply in international business, and how to use quantitative techniques to create effective results.  

M.S. in Finance

Our M.S. in finance provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the field of finance, along with practical experience in the broad principles of finance and quantitative methods. This 30-credit program explores the nature of capital markets as they relate to organizational goals and how quantitative methods can be applied to create investment strategies. As an M.S. in finance student, you’re continually connected with CEOs and partners in the major securities and investment banking firms, as well as leaders of the nation’s major exchanges. Upon completion of the Whitman M.S. in finance program, you will have an understanding of the field of finance and the ability to use financial theory and techniques to contribute effectively in the areas of financial management and securities markets. You also develop a thorough understanding of the global framework of finance, with a focus on selected areas of the discipline as corporate finance or securities markets.


The objective of our Ph.D. program in finance is to train you for successful careers in research and teaching. You will take courses individually designed to meet your research interests in finance, as well as supporting fields and methods courses in economics and econometrics. The program is small by design: you are expected to work with faculty members from the onset to learn how to conduct academic research. You will also have the opportunity to obtain first-hand experience in teaching in a classroom setting.