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.


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.


The professor emeritus of finance shares his historic past

The first time Harold Black ever spoke to a white person, it was an admissions officer at UGA in 1962.


Kinsman has worked—and played—hard, studied abroad, tackled internships and served as president of the Corsair Society. His next stop? Wall Street…after one more trip to Europe

Kinsman has worked—and played—hard, studied abroad, tackled internships and served as president of the Corsair Society. His next stop: Wall Street … after one more trip to Europe.