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2021-2022

Finance

School of Business

 
Program description

The major in finance prepares students for graduate-level study of finance and for careers in corporate finance, the securities industry, banking, financial planning, and insurance/risk management.

Career opportunities

Careers include corporate finance, investments and commercial banking with a concentration in finance. Our program, recognized by the CFA Institute, applies an international focus to the study of financial markets. You’ll learn how to analyze and communicate findings on complex financial issues and how to take creative approaches to problems in the finance industry. Some of our Alumni employers include Bank of Virginia, JP Morgan Chase, Dominion Energy, Genworth Financial and Deloitte.

Change of major requirements

Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of the Business Foundation coursework, as outlined here: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/business/undergraduate-information/shared-curriculum/


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Budget Analyst
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Finance Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Financial Manager: Branch or Department
  • Fixed Income Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner/Investigator
  • Loan Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Sales Agent
  • Securities and Commodities Traders
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Venture Capitalist
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or SCMA 212 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 302
Science required
    Foreign language requirements
    • No
    Additional tuition/fees
    • Yes
    GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
    • 2.5 to declare finance/2.0 to graduate
    Department name:
    Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
    Building/room location:
    Snead Hall, Room B4163
    Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
    Monroe park
    Phone:
    (804) 828-1620
    Email:
    shall6@vcu.edu

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    Explore
    MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
    GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
    BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
    GET REAL EXPERIENCE
    PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

    Experience
    MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
    • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
    • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
    • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
    • Make sure to take INFO 165.
    • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
    • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
    GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
    BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
    • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
    • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
    • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
    • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
    • Investigate spending a summer abroad with the International Consulting Program or participate in a Study Abroad opportunity.
    • Consider learning a language; open doors to international organizations & future study.
    GET REAL EXPERIENCE
    • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
    • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
    • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
    • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
    • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
    • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
    • Attend Black & Gold Academy, Career & Internship Fairs, and career events throughout the year. 
    PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
    • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
    • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
    • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
    • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
    • Participate in Explore Informational Interviews and Connect Mentoring Program through Office of Student Engagement.

    Experience
    MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
    • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
    • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
    • Be aware of the 4 course sequence: FIRE 311, 312, 321, and 461. Seek academic support early, do not get below a C.
    • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
    GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
    BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
    • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
    • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
    • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
    • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
    • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival.
    • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
    GET REAL EXPERIENCE
    PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
    • Update your business resume to include new experiences you have gained and skills you have developed. Submit to VMock and/or meet with a Career Coach in Business Career Services to update.
    • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
    • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Business Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
    • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
    • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
    • Apply for CFA Exam Scholarship.
    • Join the Richmond Chapter of RMA.

    Excel
    MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
    • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
    • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
    • Take FIRE 321, and 441 in the Fall and FIRE 417, 451, 461 in the Spring.
    • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
    • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
    GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
    BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
    • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
    • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
    • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
    • Read the VCU Common Book, and participate in community-related events.
    • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
    • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
    GET REAL EXPERIENCE
    PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
    • Update your business resume to include new experiences, skills, and high level academic projects. Submit to VMock and/or meet with a Career Coach in Business Career Services to update.
    • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
    • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
    • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
    • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
    • Prepare for and take the CFA Exam.
    Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
    Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
    Major map compass icon [View Image]
    2021-2022

    Finance

    School of Business

    Concentration(s):
    No concentration
    MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
    ExploreYear 1
    ExperienceYear 2
    • Be prepared for a challenging year of ACCT, ECON and math classes. Use tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
    • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
    • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
    • Make sure to take INFO 165.
    • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
    • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
    • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
    • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
    • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
    • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
    • Investigate spending a summer abroad with the International Consulting Program or participate in a Study Abroad opportunity.
    • Consider learning a language; open doors to international organizations & future study.
    • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
    • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
    • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
    • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
    • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
    • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
    • Attend Black & Gold Academy, Career & Internship Fairs, and career events throughout the year. 
    • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
    • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
    • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
    • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
    • Participate in Explore Informational Interviews and Connect Mentoring Program through Office of Student Engagement.
    Year 3
    • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
    • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
    • Be aware of the 4 course sequence: FIRE 311, 312, 321, and 461. Seek academic support early, do not get below a C.
    • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
    • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
    • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
    • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
    • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
    • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival.
    • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
    • Update your business resume to include new experiences you have gained and skills you have developed. Submit to VMock and/or meet with a Career Coach in Business Career Services to update.
    • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
    • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Business Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
    • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
    • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
    • Apply for CFA Exam Scholarship.
    • Join the Richmond Chapter of RMA.
    ExcelYear 4
    • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
    • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
    • Take FIRE 321, and 441 in the Fall and FIRE 417, 451, 461 in the Spring.
    • Complete the BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
    • Take MGMT 434 in your final semester. Be aware of the multiple prereqs!
    • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
    • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
    • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
    • Read the VCU Common Book, and participate in community-related events.
    • Complete at least one internship during your senior year at an employer where you would like to work.
    • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
    • Update your business resume to include new experiences, skills, and high level academic projects. Submit to VMock and/or meet with a Career Coach in Business Career Services to update.
    • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
    • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
    • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
    • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
    • Prepare for and take the CFA Exam.
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