Department of Finance

A critical component of a finance students’ education is meaningful, real-world opportunities, balanced by worthwhile classroom experiences. The Eccles School Department of Finance faculty are not only committed educators, they’re also seasoned professionals and internationally recognized researchers. When they’re not teaching courses on investment, valuation, corporate finance, real estate, banking, international finance, insurance, or CFA prep courses, they might be participating on federal investigative panels or as an expert witness in a high-profile financial scandal trial, or publishing their research in The Wall Street Journal or Forbes.



Degrees in Finance

Undergraduate      Master’s      Ph.D.



Beyond the classroom

We offer finance students many opportunities to become involved in applied learning opportunities.

Finance Club


Finance Club brings together students who wish to work in investment banking, management consulting or as financial analysts in a Fortune 500 company. Students receive advice and feedback on creating a competitive, job-specific resume and learn how to be successful in finance and case interviews.

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Finance Club
Student Investment Fund

The Student Investment Fund gives students the opportunity to manage actual stock portfolios. Students meet regularly to develop an investment strategy, research and invest in specific stocks. Students also receive advice from investment professionals and track their investments and progress.

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Student Investment Fund
University Venture Fund


University Venture Fund (UVF) is an independent venture capital firm committed to improving the quality of entrepreneurial education for a diverse group of students at its participating universities. The fund is a collaborative effort among students, universities and the professional investment community.

The students raise capital, perform due diligence on venture capital opportunities and make investments.  Each year UVF hosts University Private Equity Summit where business students from around North America gather to share best practices and learn from investment industry professionals.

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University Venture Fund
Week on Wall Street

Each spring, about 12 Eccles School finance majors take a week-long visit to the indisputable hub of worldwide financial activity, New York City.

On the trip, students visit investment banks and corporations to see just what their degree could do for them in the workplace. Students also have the opportunity to meet with recent alumni working in New York.

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Week on Wall Street
Business Career Services

Landing the right job requires more than a degree. That’s why the David Eccles School of Business offers undergraduate students access to a dedicated Business Career Services office to assist students in achieving their goals.

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Department of Finance Staff and Faculty

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Seminar Series

Check out our upcoming seminars below. Click here to view our past seminars.

Spring 2017
Monday, January 23 (Econ Seminar) David Rahman, Associate Professor of Economics University of Minnesota 12:15 pm in CRCC 210 The Dilemma of the Cypress and the Oak Tree
Wednesday, February 15 (Econ Seminar) Attila Lindner, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Economics University College London 1:00 pm in SFEBB 3106 Who Pays for the Minimum Wage?
Tuesday, February 21

(Finance Seminar)

Ryan Pratt, Assistant Professor of Finance BYU 2:45 pm in CRCC 210 Comparables Pricing
Wednesday, February 22 (Econ Seminar) Francesco Squintani, Professor of Economics University of Warwick 1:00 pm in SFEBB 3106 Networks and Ideology
Tuesday, February 28 (Finance Seminar) Robert Dittmar, Professor of Finance Michigan 2:45 pm in CRCC 210 Cross-Market and Cross-Firm Effects in Implied Default Probabilities and Recovery Values
Friday, March 3 (Finance Seminar) Renee Adams, Professor of Finance UNSW 10:00 am in CRCC 115 Good News for Some Banks
Tuesday, March 7 (Finance Seminar) John Graham, Professor of Finance Duke 2:45 pm in CRCC 210 CEO Power and Board Dynamics
Wednesday, March 8 (Econ Seminar) Alex Imas, Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences CMU 1:00 pm in SFEBB 3106 The Dynamics of Discrimination: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment
Friday, March 10 (Econ Seminar) Daniel Gottlieb, Assistant Professor of Economics Washington University 10:00 am in CRCC 115 Lapse-Based Insurance
Tuesday, March 21 (Finance Seminar) Charles Jones, Professor of Finance Columbia 2:45 pm in CRCC 210 Tracking Retail Investor Activity
Tuesday, March 28 (Finance Seminar) PK Jain, Professor of Finance Memphis 2:45 pm in CRCC 210 Institution Foresight: Do Institutions Profit from Repurchase Announcements?
Wednesday, March 29

(Econ Seminar)

Takako Fujiwara-Greve, Professor of Economics Keio University 1:00 pm in CRCC 210 Long-term Cooperation and Diverse Behavior Patterns under Voluntary Partnerships
Tuesday, April 4

(Finance Brown Bag)

Shmuel Baruch, Associate Professor of Finance University of Utah 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Is Index Trading benign
Wednesday, April 5 (Econ Seminar) Elena Patel, Researcher US Treasury 1:00 pm in CRCC 210 The Long-Run Effects of Paid Family Leave in the U.S.: Evidence from Tax Returns
Monday, April 17 (Finance Seminar) Gordon Phillips, Professor of Finance Dartmouth 12:15 pm in CRCC 210 Product Integration and Merger Success
Wednesday, April 19 (Econ Seminar) Gilles Duranton, Professor of Real Estate Wharton 1:00 pm in CRCC 210 Measuring the cost of congestion in a highly congested city: Bogota
Tuesday, April 25 (Finance Seminar) Giorgio Sertsios, Assistant Professor Universidad de los Andes 2:45 pm in CRCC 205 The effects of business group affiliation: Evidence from firms being “left alone”
Fall 2016 Semester
Tuesday, September 13 (Finance Brown Bag) Davidson Heath, Assistant Professor of Finance University of Utah 2:45pm in CRCC 205 The Value of Trademark Protection: Evidence from the Federal Trademark Dilution Act
Wednesday, September 14 (Econ Seminar) Georgy Egorov, Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Science Northwestern, Kellogg 1:00 pm in SFEBB 7122 Private Politics and Public Regulation
Tuesday, September 20 (Finance Brown Bag) Feng Zhang, Assistant Professor of Finance University of Utah 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Vanishing Stock Dividends
Wednesday, September 21 (Econ Seminar) Alex Hirsch, Professor of Political Science CalTech 1:00 pm in CRCC 115 Policy Contests
Tuesday, September 27 (Finance Seminar) Henri Servaes, Professor of Finance LBS 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Credit Ratings and Acquisitions
Wednesday, September 28 (Econ Seminar) Jonathan Cohn, Professor of Finance U of Texas, Austin 1:00 pm in CRCC 115 How do employees fare in private equity buyouts? Evidence from workplace safety records
Tuesday, October 4 (Finance Seminar) Chris Parsons, Associate Professor of Finance and Accounting UC San Diego 2:45pm in CRCC 205 What’s in a (school) name? Racial discrimination in higher education bond markets
Wednesday, October 19 (Econ Seminar) Jeff Denning, Assistant Professor of Economics BYU 1:00 pm in CRCC 105 Propelled: The Effects of the Pell Grant on Graduation and Earnings
Tuesday, November 1 (Finance Seminar) Christine Parlour, Professor of Finance UC Berkeley 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Making Money: Commercial banks, liquidity transformation and the payment system
Wednesday, November 2

(Econ Seminar)

Jin Yeub Kim, Assistant Professor of Economics University of Nebraska 1:00 pm in CRCC 115 A Noncooperative Foundation of the Neutral Bargaining Solution
Tuesday, November 8 (Finance Seminar) Jonathan Karpoff, Professor of Finance U Washington 2:45pm in CRCC 205 The Lifecycle Effects of Firm Takeovers
Friday, November 11 (Econ Seminar) Michaela Pagel, Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics Columbia 1:00 pm in CRCC 215 The Liquid Hand-to-Mouth: Evidence from Personal Finance Management Software
Wednesday, November 16 (Econ Seminar) Ed VanWesep, Associate Professor of Finance U of Colorado, Boulder 1:00 pm in CRCC 115 Constrained Asset Prices
Tuesday, November 29 (Finance Seminar) Cesare Fracassi, Assistant Professor of Finance U of Texas, Austin 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Is Private Equity Good for Consumers?
Wednesday, November 30 (Econ Seminar) Ronen Gradwohl, Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Science Northwestern, Kellogg 1:00 pm in CRCC 110 Privacy in Online Social Networks
Tuesday, December 6 (Finance Seminar) Kenneth Ahern, Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics USC 2:45pm in CRCC 205 Information Networks: Evidence from Illegal Insider Trading Tips
Wednesday, December 7 (Econ Seminar) Michael Lovenheim, Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management Cornell 1:00 pm in CRCC 110 How Does For-profit College Attendance Affect Student Loans, Defaults and Earnings?