Major: Finance
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3031;13-2011; 13-2031; 13-2051

About the Program

Students with a major in finance learn the concepts and analytical techniques that are used in corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. The major has an applied quantitative focus and prepares students for careers involving financial forecasting, budgeting, business analysis and valuation, investment research, wealth management, and banking. It also provides excellent preparation for various professional credentials, including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact the Department of Finance.

Degree Requirements

All core mathematics and statistics courses should be completed before embarking on the upper-level finance major courses. A second course in business statistics, STAT 202 with a minimum grade of C, must be completed as a prerequisite for the major's required courses.

Because of the relevance of financial accounting to the field of finance, it is strongly recommended that finance students also complete ACCT 321 and ACCT 322 (Financial Reporting I and II) as two of their free electives.

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Dance (DANC), Film Studies (FMST), Interior Design (INTR), Music (MUSC), Photography (PHTO), Visual Studies (VSST), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP),Theatre (THTR)
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
General Education Electives12.0
Students select (12.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following four categories.
Diversity & Multicultural
Society and Culture
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Communications (COM), English (ENGL), Fine Arts (ARCH, ARTH, DANC, DIGM, FMVD, SCRP, FMST, INTR, MUSC, PHTO, THTR, WBDV, VSST), Global Studies (GST), Language (LANG) or Philosophy (PHIL)
Social Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS), History (HIST), Sociology (SOC), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY)
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (INFO), Science, Technology and Society (SCTS)
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
STAT 202Business Statistics II4.0
Free Electives18.0
Required Finance Major Courses
FIN 302Intermediate Corporate Finance4.0
FIN 321Investment Securities & Markets4.0
FIN 325Financial Institutions and Markets4.0
Select six of the following:24.0
Risk Management
Derivative Securities
Investment Analysis
Entrepreneurial Finance
Money and Capital Markets
Seminar in Finance
Applied Portfolio Management
Advanced Portfolio Management
Mergers & Acquisitions
Global Financial Management
Corporate Financial Reporting to Executives
Credit Risk Analysis
Personal Wealth Management
Special Topics in FIN
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Investment and Asset Management
Sport Finance
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0  
 16 16 14 0
Second Year
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0VACATION
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0 
History (HIST) elective4.0STAT 2024.0ORGB 3004.0 
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0General Education elective3.0 
 15 14 15 0
Third Year
FIN 3024.0FIN 3214.0FIN 3254.0VACATION
MIS 2004.0PHIL 1053.0INTB 2004.0 
OPM 2004.0Free electives*7.0Free elective4.0 
General Education elective3.0 General Education elective3.0 
 15 14 15 0
Fourth Year
Finance Major Electives12.0UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0 
Free electives4.0English Literature elective: ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0Finance Major Elective4.0 
 Fine Arts elective3.0Free elective4.0 
 Finance Major Electives8.0General Education elective3.0 
 16 15 15 
Total Credits 180

4 year, 1 co-op (Fall/Winter)

First Year
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0COOP 101*1.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0PSY 1013.0 
  Society and Culture elective3.0 
 16 16 18 0
Second Year
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0FIN 3024.0
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0MIS 2004.0
History (HIST) elective4.0STAT 2024.0ORGB 3004.0OPM 2004.0
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0Social Science Elective 3.0Science Elective3.0
 15 14 15 15
Third Year
  PHIL 1053.0INTB 2004.0
  Free Electives6.0Free Elective4.0
   General Education Elective3.0
 0 0 13 15
Fourth Year
Finance Elective4.0UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0 
Finance Electives8.0ENGL 200-ENGL 399 Course3.0Finance Elective4.0 
Free Electives4.0Finance Elective8.0Free Elective4.0 
 Fine Arts Elective3.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 180

 5 year, 3 co-op (Fall/Winter)

First Year
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Society and Culture course3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
  STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0
  History Elective4.0STAT 2024.0
  Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0
 0 0 15 14
Third Year
  MKTG 2014.0MIS 2004.0
  ORGB 3004.0OPM 2004.0
  Social Science Elective3.0Science Elective3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
  PHIL 1053.0INTB 2004.0
  Free Electives6.0Free Elective4.0
   General Education Elective3.0
 0 0 13 15
Fifth Year
Finance Elective 12.0UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0 
Free Elective4.0ENGL 200-ENGL 399 Course3.0Finance Elective 4.0 
 Finance Elective8.0Free Elective 4.0 
 Fine Arts Elective3.0  
 16 15 12 
Total Credits 180

Co-op/Career Opportunities

The Finance program at Drexel prepares students for careers in corporate financial management, the investment industry, and banking. Typical careers include consultant, financial advisor, securities trader, and analyst positions in investment banking, credit risk, capital markets, and private equity.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities. Also visit the Career Guides provided by the Steinbright Career Development Center.


The LeBow College of Business home is a 12-story, 177,500-square-foot academic building named Gerri C. LeBow Hall. Located in the heart of Drexel University campus, it forms a gateway to Drexel and serves as a backdrop to the historic statue of A.J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). 

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by 15 classrooms of varying sizes and configurations, including a finance trading lab. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium, 100-seat lecture hall, and a behavioral studies lab one floor below. Other amenities consist of 19 collaboration rooms, 3,500 square feet of student lounges and quiet study areas, a bank of four elevators and full ADA accessibility, and an event space with catering capacity. The building's upper floors contain faculty and staff offices interspersed with seminar and conference rooms. 

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, the Finance Trading Lab webpage, and the SAP Next-Gen webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Finance Faculty

David A. Becher, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Department of Finance. Professor. Mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financial institutions.
Jie Cai, PhD (University of Iowa) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Naveen Daniel, PhD (Arizona State University). Associate Professor. Corporate governance, mutual funds, hedge funds.
Daniel Dorn, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Finance. Associate Professor. Capital markets and investments; behavioral finance.
Eliezer M. Fich, PhD (New York University) Department of Finance. Professor. Empirical topics in corporate finance.
Joseph Kalmenovitz, PhD (New York University). Assistant Professor. Financial regulation; corporate finance; law and economics; labor.
Michelle Lowry, PhD (University of Rochester) TD Bank Endowed Professor. Professor. Empirical corporate finance, including initial public offerings, mergers, and corporate governance
Edward Nelling, PhD, CFA (University of Pennsylvania-Wharton) Department Head. Professor. Investments; corporate finance; real estate finance.
Gregory Nini, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Creditor control rights, corporate governance, and firm value; insurance economics.
Patricia Robak, PhD (Lehigh University) Department of Finance. Clinical Professor. Investments, money and banking, international finance.
Diana Sandberg, MS (Drexel University). Associate Clinical Professor. Portfolio management, derivatives, investment management.
Bradford Sodowick, MBA, MD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Corporate finance, healthcare finance.
Samuel H. Szewczyk, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Professor. Corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial engineering, investment banking, financial institutions.
Martin Thomas, PhD, CFA (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Data science; mutual fund performance; valuation methods.
George Tsetsekos, PhD (The University of Tennessee) Dean Emeritus, LeBow College of Business; Francis Professor of Finance. Professor. Valuation and corporate restructuring, treasury and risk/hedging operations, investment banking, securitization, emerging capital markets, multinational finance, bank asset-liability management.

Emeritus Faculty

Thomas Chi-Nan Chiang, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University) Marshall M. Austin Professor of Finance. Professor. International finance; time series analysis of financial data; econometric modeling & forecasting; financial markets; international risk management; monetary theory; macroeconomics; emerging markets; and global country funds.
Michael Gombola, PhD (University of South Carolina) Department Chair, Finance. Professor. Stock offerings and repurchases, mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring; working capital management, time series analysis; options and derivatives, financial statement analysis.
Ralph Walkling, PhD (University of Maryland) Stratakis Professor of Corporate Governance, Department of Finance. Professor Emeritus. Corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions.
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