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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Department of Finance

The objective of the department is to prepare students for entry-level positions in finance, insurance or real estate. Five areas of emphasis are available within this major. The undergraduate finance program deals with the theory, organization and operations of the financial system from both the social and managerial perspectives. Students are expected to develop expertise in making organizational and personal judgments and decisions involving financial data. Additionally, students present their analyses in both written and oral form. Students may select and complete one or more of the following emphases: Corporate Finance, Institutional Finance, Insurance, Financial Planning, Investment Analysis.

The Program directs students into curriculum tracks that are designed to prepare them for specific career opportunities in finance. The Department prides itself in the teaching and research success of its faculty members, who all hold doctorates in their area of expertise and are readily available to students for help and guidance.


Internships are strongly encouraged. Should a student opt for an internship, the Department of Finance provides an internship coordinator to aid all students in the internship process. Students typically intern during one semester of the student's senior year or during the summer preceding it. By that time, most students have a good idea of the firm and type of experience they desire, while others rely more on the internship coordinator for guidance in setting up their position. The positions are typically full-time, salaried, and the student receives academic credit upon successful completion of the internship.  Click here to learn more about Finance Internships and apply for credit or contact the College of Business Internship Coordinator at for more information.

Finance Club

The Finance Club is a member of the Financial Management Association and is also a Student Chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning. The club offers students the opportunity to share in the practical financial experiences of the club's guest speakers, and engage in numerous social and professional activities that are sponsored by the club.