Academic programs at the undergraduate and doctoral ranges


The study of finance prepares you to make a success monetary selections. What investments need to a organization make? How ought to a company improve money to fund capacity investments? How can an man or woman or organization manipulate dangers? Is some threat proper given a sufficient praise?

Key factors in maximum economic selections are coins flows, timing, and threat. Tools for evaluation are developed from stable underpinnings in economics, accounting, statistics, and choice sciences.

Experiential mastering

If you’ve dreamed of making stock trades, right here’s your danger. You and your fellow finance college students will manipulate the Cougar Investment Fund—WSU endowment funds worth approximately $1.five million. In a -semester portfolio management direction, you’ll work with other students to behavior research and advise stocks from 10 commercial sectors. The Fund has outperformed the S&P 500 for the reason that its inception in 2001.

Five career tracks

To put together you on your profession, you may cognizance your research in one among 5 regions:

  • Financial management—Prepares you to control a organization’s funding decisions or increase money via borrowing or issuing equity in monetary markets
  • Investment analysis—Gives you the understanding you need to invest finances on others’ behalf. You’ll learn how to pick a inventory portfolio that meets customers’ wishes and stays within their danger tolerances.
  • Financial institutions management—Readies you to work inside a monetary organization, helping individuals and firms boost capital and make investments funds
  • Financial services—Prepares you to engage with man or woman customers in a retail putting to deal with their funding, actual estate, and insurance desires
  • Risk control and coverage—Qualifies you to assist people and businesses become aware of and learn to control economic dangers

Career possibilities

  • monetary analysts (business banks, businesses, mutual budget, and hedge budget)
  • loan officials
  • financial managers (CFOs)
  • portfolio managers
  • stock agents
  • financial planner/advisor
  • agents/retailers, underwriters, declare specialists, chance managers (insurance companies)
  • actual estate sellers or brokers, real estate managers, and real estate developers

Global angle

As a finance pupil, you’ll gain an know-how of the worldwide economic system from professors with firsthand understanding. Finance college participants have taught in universities in Australia, China, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Management science

Management Science makes use of advanced analytical techniques to reach at optimum or near-most beneficial answers to complex choice-making problems. It applies a wide variety of trouble-solving methods, amongst them:

  • information
  • optimization
  • possibility theory
  • queuing principle
  • sport theory
  • graph principle
  • selection analysis
  • mathematical modeling
  • simulation

Career opportunities

A primary in management technology prepares you for careers in each manufacturing and service agencies. Graduates find entry-degree positions like those:

  • control analyst
  • exceptional control technician/statistician
  • information analyst
  • structures analyst
  • internal consultant
  • control trainee
  • operations management:

    • materials manager
    • line manager
    • shopping manager
    • manufacturing structures supervisor

Programs of observe


Finance main

Management and operations primary


Ph.D. in commercial enterprise administration with a attention in finance

Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in operations and management technological know-how

Online MBA with a attention in finance


Department of Finance and Management Science

Todd Hall Addition 480

PO Box 644746

Washington State University

Pullman, WA U.S.A. 99164-4746


Fax: 509-335-3857

Office hours: M–F, eight:00–12:00 a.m., 1:00–five:00 p.m.

Chair: David Whidbee

Administrative Assistant: Alex Larson