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What is finance?

Finance is the management of money and includes activities such as investing, lending and budgeting. In a corporate setting, finance functions include managing cash, evaluating corporate investing and raising money. In banking, finance functions include helping firms and households raise cash, as well as managing cash and investments. Finance is also involved on a personal level through the management of wealth and investments for individuals. 

Why finance at OSU?

Finance majors at OSU have a multitude of opportunities at their disposal including the Student Managed Investment Fund, Watson Trading Floor, Bloomberg terminals, S&P Capital IQ, Securities Industry Essentials exam prep and Chartered Financial Analyst exam prep. There are many networking opportunities with alumni through such activities as the Financial Management Association Student Chapter and finance career day. 

Career paths

A Finance major provides the skills necessary for students to pursue career opportunities in:

93%of graduating seniors

had employment, job offers or other professional plans within six months of graduation.



Student Spotlight

Claudio Ferrer

"Every time that I started a new course, it's like, I'm glad to be learning about these things and to know that... there's fields out there that I can enjoy."

- Claudio Ferrer
Enid, Oklahoma

Student Managed Investment Fund

The Finance Department is home to the Student Managed Investment Fund, which offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience managing a portfolio of financial assets with a value of approximately $1 million. Through coursework, students have the opportunity to apply financial theories and models learned in class to the real world.


Eastin Center for Career Readiness

Through the Eastin Center, OSU supports students’ professional growth from awareness to knowledge acquisition, practice and ultimately successful implementation.


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