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The Undergraduate Program in Finance offers significant coursework in finance, analytics, modeling, and accounting, all 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 financing 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 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).