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Athens, GA 30602



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 post-graduation survey results, 83% of Finance students were employed within three months of graduation. In addition, some students have continued their education in graduate programs across the nation.

Student Experience

Undergraduate and MBA students frequently participate in off-campus finance competitions.

Student Experience

Numerous students actively participate in the 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 analyzed to ensure students have the most up-to-date knowledge when pursuing finance careers. The courses are a blend of theory and practical applications including areas such as mergers and acquisitions, trading strategies, financial modeling, international finance, and Capitalism.


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.

Student Experience

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.

Department of Finance Offerings

BBA — Finance

Undergraduate Degree

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance delivers an education on the theory and use of financial analysis. Financial analysis is useful in all settings where decisions have to be made about how to manage wealth, assets, or money based on expectations about the future.

Finance deals with the exchange of assets over time. It is concerned with the pricing of assets, decisions on how firms should decide what projects to undertake and how to fund those projects, decisions on appropriate investment strategies by individuals and institutions, how financial markets work both domestically and internationally, and the governance of those who make financial decisions.

Full-Time MBA (Finance)

Graduate Degree

Terry's Finance concentration prepares students for the role of financial manager with core courses covering the essentials of financial management and elective courses providing exposure to specific areas of interest,such as Real Estate and Risk Management.  Students interested in pursuing careers in investing and portfolio management can complete coursework in valuation, investments, and derivatives and have opportunities to gain greater breadth of study through additional electives.  Assessing risk, pricing assets, and valuing stocks and bonds are all key concepts in this area.

PhD — Finance

Graduate Degree

The Finance PhD program prepares students for careers in research and teaching in academic or government research institutions. The program provides a strong foundation in financial and economic theory and the methodological skills needed to execute research projects. Graduates come to understand the fundamental concepts of finance, the workings of financial markets and financial intermediaries, and corporate financial decision-making. Faculty members work closely with PhD students and provide a stimulating intellectual environment that fosters collaboration. Graduates are placed at major research and teaching universities in the U.S. and overseas as well as in finance positions in private and public sector organizations.



Spotlight on Annette Poulsen

Annette Poulsen, the Sterne Chair of Banking and Finance in the finance department, enjoys teaching a broad spectrum of students—from undergraduates in their first semester to graduate students in MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. programs.

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