2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Finance - Program Description
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The finance program provides students with an understanding of financial definitions, concepts, relationships, and strategies involving individuals, financial institutions, and non-financial business activities. This 18-credit-hour program is designed to provide fundamental knowledge for careers in banking, financial management, investments, portfolio management and financial planning. It recognizes that finance is becoming an increasingly complex and critical area in the overall management of all types of institutions - business and others - and for individuals as well.
Generally, 80 to 90 percent of finance graduates report finding jobs directly related to their major, giving them one of the highest placement rates among new Grand Valley State University graduates. Graduates obtain careers in business and personal finance, investments, banking, insurance, real estate, government, and international financial management. You may become a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, bank branch manager, mutual fund/pensions manager, project finance manager, cash manager, capital budgeting manager, or financial planner.
Seidman Investment Portfolio Organization (IPO), a student business organization, provides many opportunities for you to explore different avenues of finance. As a member of IPO, you will gain valuable investment experience by helping to manage a $30,000 stock portfolio.
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