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Do you want to make a difference? Have options when you graduate? Study finance.

A strong background in finance will put you front and center in the decision-making role of any organization – large or small, new or established. Why? Because success for any organization depends on its ability to make good decisions in critical areas, including:

  • Opening a new production facility
  • Expanding the product line
  • Adding employees
  • Entering new markets
  • Adopting new technology
  • Raising new debt or equity
  • Paying dividends or reinvest

Our finance program will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to answer these questions and more. You will learn how to balance opportunity with risk to ensure resources are allocated to their highest valued use. In this role you will influence almost every aspect of your organization, whether you work for a bank or other financial intermediary, a consulting firm, a public or private corporation, a governmental organization or a not-for-profit.

Our finance curriculum provides a strong foundation that will prepare you for all categories of finance careers including investment management, corporate finance and financial services.

The Finance faculty recognize that our success depends on your success. Our program is not easy and not for everyone; but if you commit to working hard we stand with you to give you the best opportunity to succeed while at the University of Delaware and in your professional life. Perhaps this combination of being both highly challenging and very rewarding is why finance is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at UD.


CFA Institute Recognition

The undergraduate finance degree at the University of Delaware has been recognized by the CFA Institute as a program that incorporates over 75% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (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, visit the CFA Institute’s website.

The finance department awards five scholarships per year for qualified students to take the CFA Exam. See myLerner for details on how to apply for an exam scholarship.

Seminar Series

You’ll have opportunities throughout the year to hear from finance industry professionals from public and private institutions such as the SEC, the Federal Reserve Bank and JPMorgan Chase.

Research Databases

As a finance student you’ll have access to an extensive set of research databases maintained by the Department of Finance.

Student Organizations

The Blue Hen Investment Club is the University of Delaware’s student-managed investment fund with $1.8 million assets under management. It is open to students of all majors who are willing to commit to managing a portion of the university’s endowment.

Over the years, the fund has created leaders who have found careers with institutions such as Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, PwC, EY, KPMG and McKinsey & Company.
Other student organizations include:

  • Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
  • Financial Management Association
  • Women in Business
  • Minority Business Student Association
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity

Honors in Finance

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in finance
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

The Honors credits in the major must include at least six credits in BUAD and/or FINC courses. They may include required courses from other departments in the Lerner College.


Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year

First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course

Second semester
ENGL110 Seminar in Composition
ECON103 Macroeconomics
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course with lab

Sophomore Year

First semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
MATH 201 – Statistics I
MISY 160 – Business Computing
Cultural Arts and Humanities breadth course, History and Cultural Change breadth course or foreign language
Economics elective

Second semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MATH 202 – Statistics II
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
COMM 212 – Oral Communication in Business

Junior Year

First semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
BUAD 306 – Service and Operations Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 312 – Intermediate Financial Management
MATH 230 – Finite Mathematics with Applications

Second semester
ACCT 352 – Business Law & Social Issues
FINC 314 – Investments
Cultural Arts and Humanities breadth course, History and Cultural Change breadth course or foreign language
ECON 308 – Banking and Monetary Policy
History and Culture Change breadth course

Senior Year

First semester
Finance elective
Finance elective
English writing requirement
Free elective
Free elective

Second semester
Finance elective
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
Professional elective (ACCT, BUAD, ENTR, FINC or MISY)
Free elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

  • Financial analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Audit associate
  • Financial advisor
  • Trader
  • Investment banker associate
  • Business risk consultant
  • Technical analyst

Where Our Graduates Work

Our results speak for themselves: recent graduates have landed positions at some of the leading firms in the region, including:

  • Bank of America
  • Bloomberg
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • KPMG
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Protiviti
  • PwC
  • Vanguard

Learn more

Phone: 302-831-1484

Admissions Information

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