Finance

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business offers an undergraduate concentration in finance for students who intend to pursue careers in investment and commercial banking fields, corporate and government financial management, and financial consulting.
A concentration in finance provides a comprehensive background in corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. Many graduates with a finance concentration accept positions with top investment banks and leading commercial banks. A finance concentration also prepares students for employment at non-financial firms, and many graduates take jobs with leading manufacturers and service providers throughout the world. Students with a finance concentration also are well prepared for graduate study in business, finance, or law.
The finance concentration includes required courses in corporate finance, investments, and international finance or global financial markets and institutions. The concentration provides elective courses in specialized fields such as investment banking, derivatives, fixed income, real estate finance, corporate governance, and financial statement analysis.
For an overview of the required courses in this concentration, consult the undergraduate course catalog here.
Student Learning Goals
Students will:

  • develop skills in recognizing business problems in which financial theory is applicable and develop competencies in applying financial theory to decision making.
  • develop strong quantitative and financial modeling skills.
  • understand how financial markets work and the roles various financial instruments play in those markets.
  • develop an understanding of international financial markets and risk management tools employed in those markets.
  • develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the continually evolving world of financial practice.

Learning Outcomes
Students majoring in finance will substantially improve their abilities to:

  • analyze business problems and apply financial models and methodologies.
  • conduct financial analyses of business issues by applying core financial techniques, such as discounted cash flow valuation, to appropriate finance problems.
  • analyze the workings of global financial markets and apply valuation tools to financial instruments in those markets.
  • employ financial analysis for making financial decisions in business organizations and in society at large.
  • apply risk management tools in appropriate domestic and international financial settings.
  • be an effective member of a management team through analysis of financial issues facing an organization.   

Requirements
Students majoring in finance must complete five courses beyond the required FINC 211 Business Financial Management course.  These include:
Required Classes:
Two courses from Section A and one from Section B:

    Section A:

  • Adv. Financial Management: FINC 212 (offered fall and spring)
  • Principles of Investment: FINC 241 (offered fall and spring)

     Section B:

  • Global Finc. Markets & Inst.: FINC 249 (offered fall and spring)
  •     OR International Finance: FINC 250 (offered fall and spring)

Electives

  • Fixed Income Markets & Securities: FINC 245 (fall only)
  • Derivatives & Finc. Markets: FINC 255 (fall and spring)
  • Finc. Statement Analysis: ACCT 243 (fall only)
  • Global Finc. Markets & Inst.: FINC 249 (if NOT taken to count for Section B) (fall and spring)
  • International Finance: FINC 250 (if NOT taken to count for Section B) (fall and spring)
  • Investment Banking: FINC 225 (fall only)
  • Real Estate Finance: FINC 220 (fall and spring)
  • Corp. Governance & Valuation: FINC 251 (spring only)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: FINC 265 (spring only)

Faculty Advisor
For questions about the finance major, students may contact the finance faculty advisor, Lynn Doran.