College of Business and Economics

Department of Finance and Business Law

Finance student Miguel Miranda gets a high five from fellow McNair Scholar Jazmin Wilson, near his undergraduate research project on minority banks.

Finance Department Mission Statement

In recognition and support of the UW-Whitewater and College of Business and Economics' missions, the Finance and Business Law Department provides students with the tools to grow in their professional capacity with respect to the financial, legal and ethical dimensions of business through:

  • Preparing undergraduate and graduate students to meet both current and future societal needs for proficient finance professionals through relevant and up-to-date curricula.
  • Building and reinforcing students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical and business communication skills.
  • Providing opportunities to interact with faculty, alumni, business and the community through High Impact Practices.
  • Attracting and retaining student-focused, high-quality faculty.
  • Supporting the College of Business and Economics and other colleges by promoting financial literacy and offering a vibrant business law curriculum.

(Rev. 3-15-19)

More Information About Finance and Business Law

In the Department of Finance and Business Law, our graduates demonstrate an advanced understanding of corporate finance, investments, personal financial planning, and money and capital markets. A Finance degree prepares graduates to pursue their professional interests in numerous areas such as:

  • Corporate Finance: managing the budget analysis; cash flow and capital funding needs of a single business entity; management consulting; international finance and trade.
  • Banking and Credit Markets: commercial bank and credit union management; commercial lending; personal lending and credit services; commercial and residential mortgage lending; leasing companies.
  • Financial Planning: personal cash flow management and budgeting; behavioral finance; household debt management; tax planning; client building growth and development; retirement planning; college savings; investments; wealth and asset management; employee benefits; and estate planning
  • Insurance and Risk Management: underwriting; claims adjusting; governmental relations; risk analysis and consulting; broker/agent.
  • Investments and Capital Markets: investment management; portfolio management; trust management; wealth management; private equity investing; mergers and acquisitions; and securities underwriting.
  • Public Sector: government financial management; budget management; revenue and debt management; regulatory examiner/auditor; non-profit financial management for educational, healthcare and charitable entities.
  • Real Estate: real estate development; property management; mortgage lending; appraisal and valuation; broker/agent; real estate investment trust management.
  • Almost every venture in our economy, private or public, contains an aspect of financial management. As such, the choice of career paths open to finance professionals is limited only by their own interests, imagination and personal goals.

Industry Alignment and Recognition

As of 2017, the UW-Whitewater undergraduate "finance degree with financial planning emphasis" has been recognized nationally as a degree program allowing an expedited testing process for the granting of the well-recognized Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation. This standing has been granted to secondary institutions whose degree program incorporates 100 percent of the CFP Board Competencies required for successful passage of its examination and assessment of financial planning knowledge. 

In addition, both the UW-Whitewater bachelor’s and master’s finance programs have been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is only granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which positions students well to sit for the CFA Exams and ultimately obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.

Financial professionals speak to students in Timmerman Auditorium.

Industry partners

During Finance Day events, students network with industry professionals and learn about working in finance.

Finance student Amanda Battle seeks a summer internship at the UW-Whitewater Hawk Career Fair.What makes UW-Whitewater's Finance and Business Law Program exceptional?

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  Active student organizations provide opportunities for service, professional development, and interaction among members and industry professionals.

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 »  The college develops and retains high quality finance faculty who strive for excellence, are current in their fields, and make scholarly contributions.   See open faculty positions »

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Internships »   The best way to gain relevant work experience and obtain career positions is through an internship. Each department in the college maintains information on internships specific to their degrees and majors.

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Career outcomes »   BBA in finance majors have a 99 percent placement rate within six months of graduation. Information for MBA with finance emphasis career data is also available.  Career data is not yet available for the newer MS in Finance program.

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Scholarships »   With support by generous donors, numerous scholarship opportunities are available to UW-Whitewater students. Scholarships are also available to students taking the CFA Level I exam. Please refer to the CFA Program Students Scholarships Guide.

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Student Development »   Experiential learning opportunities such as the Bloomberg Certification course (FNBSLW 472) and Applied Investments course (FNBSLW 484) offer important hands-on experience for students.

What else makes the College of Business and Economics Finance and Business Law department so exceptional?

Our Applied Investment Program (AIP). Being selected to be in the AIP student group is considered a high honor and is an opportunity not typically available to undergraduate students at other universities. AIP students use the best analytical tools and Wall Street Research to gain direct, practical experience managing a $1,000,000+ portfolio. This is real money, a real portfolio, and real experience.  Click here to learn more:

Contact us

Department Phone: (262) 472-1316