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The Undergraduate Program in Finance is one of the largest departments in the Pamplin College of business and offers significant coursework in finance, analytics, modeling, and accounting, all of which are essential for success as a financial professional. Students learn fundamental theories underlying core areas of finance, the application of the various theoretical models in decision-making, and various analytical approaches for solving financial problems. 

The program maintains a strong focus on coursework that will help students apply their knowledge to realistic situations. Students are given hands-on learning experience through student organizations such as BASIS (Bond And Securities Investing By Students), SEED (Student-managed Endowment for Educational Development), and the Credit Corps. 

In a recent research ranking conducted by UT Dallas, the department was ranked in the top 100 among universities in the US. The department was also ranked fifth in the nation by’s “Best Bachelor’s In Finance Degree Programs” in 2016. Finance is the fourth most interviewed major at Virginia Tech.  Students from the Finance program have a 95% job placement rate post-graduation and earn a median starting salary of approximately $60,000. 

In addition to taking the University required courses, College required courses, and Finance courses, students majoring in Finance are also required to choose a Finance Option.

Major Options

  • FinTech and Big Data Analytics
  • Real Estate Finance (double major)
  • Investment Management and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Financial Planning (CFP)
  • Risk Management and Banking (RMA certification)
  • Corporate Financial Management (FCFM)
  • Financial Accounting (FFAC)

Career Options

  • Quant Fund Analyst
  • Securities Data Manager
  • Robo Advisor
  • Crowdfunding Specialist
  • Peer-to-Peer Lender
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Real Estate Portfolio 
  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Asset Manager
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Financial Advisor
  • Consultant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Controller
  • Treasurer