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Department of Finance

Finance students focus on learning how to make the best decisions about raising and using resources under risk. Finance addresses many questions regarding value: 

  • How much is a product worth?
  • Is a stock worth investing in?
  • Will expanding a business produce a sufficient return on investment?

Deciding what to do with the opportunities and resources you have or can obtain today, balanced with your business needs for tomorrow---that's what the field of finance is all about.

Our Finance faculty promotes the success of our students through our research, our teaching, and our service to local and national financial communities.


CFA Institute Recognition: The Undergraduate Finance Degree at the University of Delaware has been recognized by the CFA Institute as a program which incorporates over 75% of the CFA Exam Material into its curriculum, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. For more information on the CFA Institute and Recognized Universities, please visit the CFA website at www.cfainstitute.org

Finance students at the University of Delaware are exposed to the topics covered on the CFA Exam while in college, enhancing their preparation to sit for the exams upon graduation. As a Recognized University, the Finance Department awards five scholarships per year for qualified students to take the CFA Exam. For details on how to apply for an exam scholarship, please download the application.

News Highlights

Understanding poison puts

Research from UD professors examines poison puts, a hot topic in corporate governance

UD finance professors have released research on poison puts, a controversial subject that influences corporate takeovers.

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The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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