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What is Finance?

Finance is the study of the management of financial resources, including the internal management of funds within the modern corporation, the external evaluation of securities and loans, the study of financial markets, and international finance.  Graduates pursue employment in the areas of corporate finance, investment banking, investment analysis and portfolio management, and bank management.

Finance at Midwestern

All programs of the Dillard College of Business Administration at Midwestern State University are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Low student to faculty ratios enhance teaching effectiveness and allow for individual student attention.

The finance curriculum at the Dillard College allows students to concentrate in one of two options - Corporate Finance or Investments.

 Degree Plans for a major in Finance

Corporate Finance

The study of corporate finance focuses on various facets of financial management within an organization, such as managing cash, obtaining long-term funds through stock and bond issues, and evaluating the investment in long- term assets.

Careers in Finance

Training in finance helps prepare students for positions in financial institutions such as banks, savings and loans, credit unions, and insurance companies. They are also prepared for positions as city managers, budget specialists for the state and federal government, as well as purchasing agents and senior buyers for your favorite large department store chains.

Finance curriculum requirements are based on exposure to areas of general business concerns for a broad business education. With a sound foundation in finance, students can land that first job.

While finance is an industry in itself, as evidenced by stock exchanges and other financial institutions, it is also an integral part of other businesses. A career in finance will put you into the heart of American business. Finance graduates receive some of the top starting salaries among all business fields. Our goal in finance is to enhance leadership potential by providing a high quality and thorough educational experience in preparation for careers in commercial banking, business finance, investment management, real estate and insurance.

Almost every firm, government agency, and organization has one or more financial managers who oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies. As computers are increasingly used to record and organize data, many financial managers are spending more time developing strategies and implementing the long-term goal of their organization.