A strong background in finance will prepare you for a decision-making role in any organization. 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
In Lerner’s finance program, you will learn how to balance opportunity with risk to ensure resources are allocated to their best use. You will learn how finance influences almost every aspect of an organization, whether a bank, consulting firm, public or private corporation, governmental organization or non-profit.
The curriculum provides a strong foundation that will prepare you for all categories of finance careers including investment management, corporate finance and financial services.
Our challenging, rewarding program 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.
You’ll hear from finance industry professionals from public and private institutions such as the SEC, the Federal Reserve Bank and JPMorgan Chase.
As a finance student you’ll have access to an extensive set of research databases maintained by the Department of Finance.
The Blue Hen Investment Club is the University of Delaware’s student-managed investment fund with $4 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
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:
- All requirements for the B.S. in finance
- 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
Within 6 months of graduating, for the class of 2022, 96% of Lerner’s finance graduates are employed (earning a mean starting salary of $67,821) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.
Some of the top employers of Lerner’s finance graduates include:
- JPMorgan Chase
- Goldman Sachs
Job titles of recent graduates with a finance degree include:
- Audit Associate
- Advisory Associate
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Associate
- Risk & Compliance Consultant
- Technical Analyst
Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner finance students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.
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Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.
For over 50 years, most Lerner business and accounting programs have been accredited by AACSB.
Michael and Rosann Geltzeiler Trading Center
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