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

Research

The department is home to the Journal of Corporate Finance, a highly ranked finance journal.

Faculty

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.

Research

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.

Research

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.

Recruiting

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.

Student Experience

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.

Student Experience

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

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.

Teaching

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.


Spotlights

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Spotlight on Sara Holland

The "In Their Own Words" series examines some of the more personal paths of faculty at the Terry College. Finance professor Sara Holland answers "Why is reading the newspaper daily so important to you?”

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From Terry to Google

Although he caught the entrepreneurship bug before starting at Terry, recent finance grad Neerav Maniklal honed his skills by joining the Society of Entrepreneurs and ultimately landed a job a Google.

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Finance professor answers "What was your undergraduate major and why did you choose it?"

This series examines some of the more personal paths of faculty at the Terry College. Sterne Professor of Finance, Annette Poulsen, answers “What was your undergraduate major and why did you choose it?”