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.

Academic Programs



Research Databases

The Finance Department helps maintain an extensive set of research databases for faculty and students. The availability of our databases is made possible through the generous support of the Lerner College, the Unidel Foundation, Donald J. Puglisi and gifts from many other alumni, faculty and friends.

For examples of research produced with these databases, please visit our faculty research page.


  • UD Alum Jeffrey Kleintop Spreads Message of Finding Answers in a Crisis - Jeffrey Kleintop told a gathering of students, staff and faculty that not having the answers to every problem immediately wasn’t a problem because it created an opportunity to go look for them.
  • Lerner Student Snags Prestigious Internship - UD sophomore Ashley Smith studying finance and financial planning and wealth management was recently selected for the Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program.
  • Outstanding Lifelong Lerner: Negin Faraji - Negin Faraji earned a doctorate in financial services analytics (FSAN) in 2016 and currently works as a data scientist at Virginia Tech. Faraji spoke with Lerner about her journey to the FSAN program and what she learned through the program at Lerner.
  • My Summer Internship: Sophie Pleva - Sophie Pleva, Class of 2022 finance major, spent her summer interning as a controllers analyst at Goldman Sachs.
  • My Summer Internship: Markos Zerefos - Markos Zerefos, Class of 2022 finance and entrepreneurship major with a minor in trust management, spent his summer interning as a private equity analyst at Atlantic CAN Capital.