The Undergraduate Program in Finance offers significant coursework in accounting and finance, both of which are essential for success as a financial professional. Students learn the fundamental theory underlying the core areas of finance, the application of the various theoretical models in financial 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.
In addition to taking the University required course, College required courses, and Finance courses, students majoring in Finance are also required to choose a Finance Option.
This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in commercial banking, which could include positions as loan officers, credit officers, risk managers, branch managers, or operations professionals.
This option is designed for students who want to pursue a career in financial planning and wealth management for individuals. This option is designed to prepare students to take the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) examination after they graduate. Certified Financial Planner™ is the most widely recognized professional designation within the financial planning profession.
Virginia Tech does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.
This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in corporate finance. Corporate finance professionals work within businesses preparing budgets and forecasts, evaluating proposed projects and acquisitions, overseeing corporate bank accounts and cash management, evaluating and hedging risks, and managing relationships with lenders, bondholders and shareholders.
This option is designed for students who want to double-major in finance and accounting, which provides students with the flexibility to pursue career paths in both accounting and finance. The finance/accounting double major also provides excellent preparation for a variety of fields, including consulting, corporate finance, and managerial accounting.
The FinTech and Big Data Analytics Option (FBTA) is designed to meet the increasing need in the finance industry for personnel who have both in-depth knowledge of finance and advanced analytical and computer science skills (STEM). This option contains a much more rigorous curriculum in math, statistics, and computer science than the typical finance degree and concludes with a capstone finance class that applies these technical skills to address cutting real-world financial problems. The option combines coursework from multiple disciplines in addition to the full traditional finance curriculum.
This option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in investment management. Career opportunities in investment management include working at institutional money management firms, such as mutual funds and insurance companies, as well as managing money for individuals and families. This option is also designed to prepare students to take Level I (the first of three levels) of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination upon graduation. The CFA certification, which one receives after passing all three of the CFA exams, is a globally recognized professional certification for the investment management profession.
The Real Estate Finance Option (RELF) is for students who want to pursue a career in real estate finance and development. It satisfies the requirements for a double major in finance and real estate without the necessity of taking any additional courses.
This Risk Management and Banking Option (FRMB) is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in risk management and commercial banking, which could include positions such as risk managers, credit analysts, loan officers, branch managers, or operations professionals. The option also allows students to earn a certificate from the Risk Management Association (RMA).
Virginia Tech's Title IV Code required on the FAFSA: 003754.
For detailed information on financial aid, please contact
Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (MC 0222)
Student Services Building, Suite 200, Virginia Tech
800 Washington Street SW, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Checksheets are an excellent way to help students chart their academic processes. A checksheet, combined with advisor meetings and a DARS* report will help a student stay on track for graduation.
Checksheets are in line with the year the student is planned to graduate. They are also available for Finance majors in the department office at Pamplin 1016.
*You must apply for your degree at the beginning of your junior year. Approximately 2-3 business days after applying for your degree, you will be able to request your DARS report through Hokie SPA.
Following are the links to the checksheets of the graduating years:
Academic advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information for making responsible academic and career decisions. All Pamplin students are advised through our Undergraduate Advising Office.
Finance Program Advisors:
- BASIS: George Morgan
- SEED: Randy Billingsley
- CFA® Program: Brian Hart
- CFP® Program: Ruth Lytton
- Finance Club: Wally Newton
- Finance for Females: Cara Spicer
- Pre-Law Advisor: Jason Malone
- UG Career/Placement: Mike Kender
The Pamplin College of Business provides many international opportunities for its students. It offers a number of faculty-led study abroad programs and supports exchange and internship programs around the world.
Study abroad means a variety of opportunities for you to learn, live and travel in another country or region of the world.
- Travel with VT faculty to exotic destinations in Europe and Latin America.
- Take VT or other university courses at an overseas campus.
- Study at another university through an exchange program. Take classes in English and the local language alongside other international students.
- Attend another university and gain internship experience while taking regular classes.
International Business Minor information is here.
Work for a company overseas. There are full and part time positions available in several countries. Earn real money and/or class credit while learning how business is conducted in another country. Combine internships with regular coursework at several universities around the world. Some positions require only English while others require some level of fluency in another language. These are a wonderful way to build your resume; work experience, language proficiency, international living.
You can earn a bachelor and masters degree in 5 years through these unique programs. You will also develop fluency in another language, have an internship and prepare yourself for new career opportunities.
International business minor:
International Business Minor information is here.
You might also want to earn the global business minor as part of your international studies.
Who is my advisor?
All Pamplin Students have an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising office. To schedule an appointment with your advisor please visit their Advising page.
Can I minor in Finance?
Unfortunately, the department does not offer a minor in Finance. However you can choose Finance as a second major or a dual degree.
What are the requirements for a major in Finance?
Check the following links for department checklists and course requirements here. You may also consult the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
What is DARS?
DARS is an acronym for Virginia Tech's Degree Audit Reporting System. It is a computer generated report for undergraduate students. The report matches the degree requirements of an undergraduate degree program showing the student's course work already taken toward the requirements. The audit report serves the following purposes:
a. The audit identifies those graduation requirements completed as well as those requirements needing completion prior to graduation.
b. The DARS report provides each student and advisor with an important advising and planning tool to assist with appropriate course schedules each semester.
c. Students should apply for their degree and initiate a DARS Report no later than the first term of junior year.
For more information check this website: http://registrar.vt.edu/academic-records-multi-brief/index2.html
How do I apply for a degree?
To request a DARS report
- Log onto Hokie SPA
- Click on "Degree Menu"
- Click on "Undergraduate Degree Menu" or "Associate Degree Menu"
- Click on "Degree Audit Report Menu"
- Click on "Request a Degree Audit"
- Select the appropriate degree program from the drop down menu
- Click "Run Audit"
- Click "View Submitted Audits"
- If your audit does not appear click "Refresh the list" until it appears.
- Click on the link to the DARS
You can request and view DARS reports at any time after applying for your degree. It is recommended you request a new DARS report at least once each semester.
REMEMBER: If you want to add a minor, concentration or double major, you should do so with your academic dean's office before you can update it on your application for degree.
What is a “force-add” and what are the processes for force-add?
A Force-Add is a request for a course when a student is unable to register for the course through either course request or drop/add. All force-adds are processed as soon as possible. Acceptable uses for a force-add would be trying to enroll in a course where you've taken a prerequisite at another University and the course has not transferred yet, or other similiar situations. A force-add is not to change a section, or to waive a prerequisite. The Force-Add form for Finance courses can be found off the Departmental homepage. The Finance Department only processes Force-Adds for Finance courses.
There are two types of Independent Studies.
The most common is an Internship Independent Study.
An Internship Independent Study can be done when an internship requires a student to receive credit in order to be granted the internship. In order to receive Internship IS credit a student must provide the department the following before the start of the internship:
- An offer letter of employment/internship
- A description of the internship
- A completed Independent Study form
In order to receive credit for the Internship I.S. the student must provide:
- A letter of successful completion of the Internship
- A 5 to 7 page report detailing what was learned during the Internship
The Internship I.S. will be 1 credit, pass/fail. It will only count as a free elective.
The second type of Independent study is to further a student's knowledge in a particular area. This type of independent study is rare. Usually it will be counted as 1 credit, though depending on the depth of the work involved, may be approved for 3 credits. To do this type of independent study, first the student needs to find a professor willing to work with him/her, and then fill out the Independent Study Form.
I didn’t consult with any faculty member before starting my internship, can I still get any credit for my internship experience?
Unfortunately, no. Finance Department doesn’t automatically offer academic credits for any internship. However, please see the question above for earning credit for an internship.
Can I transfer credit on courses I took elsewhere?
Information on Transferring Classes can be found on the Pamplin College of Business Advising page.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS (Undergraduate)
Overall GPA of at least 2.0 and in-major GPA of at least 2.0 are required for graduation.
Fin 3134, Fin 3144, Fin 3154: C or better required for graduation.
*Always check your DARs report, and Checksheet for changes to rules and grade requiremt