The Department of Finance curriculum provides students an enhanced understanding of the interdependent disciplines of financial management, financial markets and institutions, and financial planning. This knowledge helps students sharpen their analytical skills, broaden their comprehension of today's markets, and financial decisions by investors, firms, and government.
Points of Pride
The department is home to the Journal of Corporate Finance, a highly ranked finance journal.
The impact of faculty research is reflected in the thousands of citations to their work by academic and professional financial writers. Faculty members are invited to present their research and serve as keynote speakers and organizers at leading national and international finance conferences.
The Finance Department’s research publication record in the leading finance journals is in the top 20 of the hundreds of finance departments at public universities, according to separate rankings of business schools.
Faculty perform research on topics such as corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions, impact of asymmetric information on corporate finance, default risk, causes of major market movements, analyst performance, and firm investments in workers’ health.
According to the latest Graduate Exit Survey results, 80% of Finance students were employed within three months of graduation. In addition, some students have continued their education in graduate programs across the nation.
Undergraduate and MBA students frequently participate in off-campus finance competitions. For example, an MBA team recently won the annual CFA Institute’s Southern Classic Research Challenge.
Numerous students actively participate in the Banking and Finance Society each semester to gain educational and networking experiences. They meet with companies such as Duff & Phelps, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Kimberly-Clark, Siemens, and many others who recruit heavily from UGA.
Curriculum in courses is frequently revised to ensure students have the most up-to-date knowledge when pursuing finance careers. For example, the Finance Department recently added a course in Mergers and Acquisitions for undergraduate, MACC and MBA students. We also recently introduced a course on Trading Strategies and Financial Models.
Faculty members have received numerous teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Award, the Undergraduate Business Teacher of the Year, the Full-time MBA Teacher of the Year, the Evening MBA Teacher of the Year and the Executive MBA Teacher of the Year.
Undergraduate students control a $250,000+ stock portfolio through the Student Managed Investment Fund, learning to make critical investment decisions in volatile markets. The students interact with and receive advice from professionals in the finance industry.
Terry awards doctorates in seven disciplines, each of which nominated distinguished graduates in academia. These seven represent the cream of a very impressive crop.
Any number of things can affect a company’s ability to innovate: talent, commitment, luck and funding all play big roles. But new research from the University of Georgia shows that one factor outside a company has dramatic effects on its creativity: financial analysts.