Study wealth and assets, understand risk, manage corporate cash flow, and effectively allocate resources. Finance majors learn foundational skills in accounting and economics, then deep dive into investment management, financial analytics, corporate forecasting, venture capital financial structures, and the valuation of startups.
Earn a degree in Finance from the Daniels School to prepare yourself for a career in corporate, government or nonprofit sectors, and in consulting firms and financial institutions of all sizes.
Daniels School finance students learn how to interpret financial statements, securities, and the markets where they are traded. Our finance courses incorporate the principles of financial reporting, quantitative analysis, economics, psychology, and history — you will explore the origins of money and banking systems. You'll be introduced to financial markets, futures and options, portfolios, and international financial markets.
You’ll put your classroom learning to the test when you work with corporate partner Purdue Federal Credit Union as part of our Finance Management Research Challenge, a case competition that awards cash prizes.
More real-world learning and mentoring is waiting for you: Invest a substantial amount of Daniels School-money in the stock market based on your equity analysis research as part of our Student Managed Investment Fund. The Purdue Finance Workshop connects outstanding finance majors with successful alums pursuing careers in finance in every major financial center on the planet, and the Financial Management Association has an active chapter on campus and connects students with finance professionals from corporations and startups.
“My professors have never made me have apprehensions about my curriculum, as they are always drawing connections with what we’re learning to useful, real-life experiences and examples. After taking finance courses, I was able to arrive at my summer internship feeling confident in being able to apply knowledge obtained from my classes.”
General Management & Finance, Class of 2024
Professional opportunities abound for those working in finance. Graduates can start out as financial analysts in large corporations looking at the bottom line and predicting profits. Others join fast-paced financial leadership development programs or investment banking or private equity firms. Challenging careers exist in asset management, investment analysis, and equity research.
With a degree in Finance, you could be a:
At the Daniels School of Business, you can shape your college experience to fit your passions and goals.
Personalize your degree without adding to your time as an undergraduate student, and add a master’s degree in as little as one additional semester. Enrich your skill set and career prospects by taking advantage of key academic opportunities:
Your life outside the classroom will also be a rich one, and as busy as you want it to be. Participate in case competitions, join a learning community, serve on the School of Business Council, and much more.