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Study Finance at the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business to learn to manage wealth, money and assets. Every investment can lead to high returns or substantial losses, so understanding the world of finance means understanding risk. As a Finance student, you will search for the return potential on new ventures and will learn how to interpret financial statements, securities, and the markets where they are traded.

The business school's Finance courses incorporate the principles of financial reporting, quantitative analysis, economics, psychology, and history — you will explore the origins of money and banking systems. You will analyze the economics of monetary systems, investments and financial intermediaries in modern industrial economics. You'll be introduced to financial markets, futures and options, portfolios, and international financial markets. You will also study venture capital financial structures and the valuation of startups. Our graduates thrive in careers in corporate, government and nonprofit sectors as well as in consulting firms and financial institutions of all sizes. 

Meet Our Students: Ava Dahl

portrait of Ava Dahl

The emphasis placed on innovation attracted Ava Dahl to Purdue’s business school. Her Finance major and innovation management concentration allow her to take classes that are heavily case-based and data-driven. The real-world situations she tackles in her courses will prepare her for her future transition from the classroom to the workplace.   

Through the Business Opportunity Program, Ava acquired an internship at Deloitte the summer after her freshman year. There, she built a strong foundation of accounting skills and discovered what life looks like for a full-time employee. Her coursework and experience outside of college have given her the data analytics skills she needs to succeed at her internship as a financial analyst intern at Microsoft the summer after her sophomore year.   

Plan of Study

Finance Webpage

Transfer to Finance

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional Requirements: Must have a grade of B or better in any college level calculus class.

Contact Information

A.J. Frigo
(765) 496-0264

Daniels School of Business

Careers in Finance

Job titles of recent Business graduates:

  • Financial analyst for a global engine designer and manufacturer
  • Financial advisor for a financial investment group
  • Analyst for a multinational banking financial services holding company
  • Research analyst for a global management consulting firm

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