Faculty teach students in business and economics class at Cornell College.

Earn your B.A. in one of six economics and business majors

Cornell College has partnered with the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, connecting Cornell grads to a Master of Science in Finance (MFIN) degree offered through the university. Professor of Economics and Business Santhi Hejeebu says, “The Economics and Business Department has seen a doubling of majors in under five years,” making this partnership a smart move toward helping Cornell students advance to high-income careers in finance. 

What is the best bachelor to master's pathway? 

Pursue any of the following majors (areas of concentration) within the Economics and Business Department and complete your bachelor’s degree at Cornell College with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

The liberal arts education at Cornell allows you to explore courses in other fields such as statistics, computer science, psychology, and politics that can later contribute to your success as a graduate student in finance.

architect drawing of finance lab in College Hall at Cornell College

New Finance Lab

A new finance lab in McLennan College Hall features a financial ticker board anchored to the ceiling that continuously streams asset prices, currencies, and other financial information to create the feel of a trading room.

Who is a good fit for the M.S. in finance pathway? 

To be a good fit for a graduate program in finance, you must have robust quantitative reasoning and communication skills, be genuinely interested in conducting research, and have a passion for expanding your knowledge of financial markets.

“It provides an excellent opportunity for students to start building a career in finance by gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, building problem-solving and research skills, and expanding their professional network. The broad skill set and hands-on experiences that Cornell ECB students gain in a liberal arts context puts them in a great position to succeed as graduate students.” -Professor of Economics and Business Elmira Shekari Namin

Finance careers

A recent survey of corporate recruiters shows one-third of all companies and half of all Fortune Global 100 recruiters plan to hire Master of Finance grads (GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey, 2019).

  • Asset management

  • Bond analyst

  • Business development

  • Commercial banking

  • Consulting

  • Corporate finance

  • Credit rating analyst

  • Financial advisor

  • Financial regulation

  • Financial reporting

  • Investment banking analyst

  • Investment planning

  • Investment research

  • Investor relations

  • Mergers & acquisitions analyst

  • Money management

  • Private wealth management

  • Real estate

  • Research and publications analyst

  • Risk management

  • Trading

  • Treasury and cash management

  • Underwriting

  • Venture capital and private equity