Cornell student in class

Finance is a field that merges economics with accounting. It investigates the allocation of monetary assets and liabilities, particularly over time and under conditions of uncertainty. When you focus your business study in finance you will be prepared to pursue a career in the financial sector proper, or join the finance and accounting division of organizations across the economy.

This track covers topics that are necessary for success in the Chartered Financial Analyst, level I exam (CFA) administered by the CFA Institute. The average starting salary in finance is $56,500, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Some positions may include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Loan officer
  • Market research analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Operations analyst

Benefits of One Course At A Time

Cornell's block plan provides you with the opportunity to experience aspects of business life that are outside the reach of most undergraduates. Experiential learning means you meet people working in the business world, visit various business organizations, and directly observe business processes. In other words, you aren't anchored to just reading about business theory and practices, you see it first-hand. 

Off-campus studies

Block-long, off-campus study opportunities are offered in Argentina, Chicago, Shanghai, and Dallas. You'll get the chance to talk to business leaders, and discuss real problems, which will help you build bridges between what you learned in class and what you observe in the business world. You will learn through firsthand experience, whether on the trading floor in Chicago's financial district or on the floor of factories in emerging global markets. 

Internships and fellowships

Internships are an integral part of your coursework. Working in consultation with a faculty advisor, you may be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship. Recent locations include: 

  • Jacobson Group, Chicago, Illinois
  • Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, California
  • Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nortek Air Solutions, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Republican National Committee, Washington, D.C.