Why Major in Finance?

Career opportunities for finance majors exist in business, finance, labor organizations, government, and academia. Graduates are employed in every type of business and have job opportunities in a variety of positions with mutual funds, brokerage firms, banks, and insurance companies, as well as positions in corporate finance.

The major is distinctive within Penn State for its emphasizes on preparing students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation.

The CFA designation is considered the most globally accepted professional standard of knowledge and integrity in the investment industry; CFA exams are offered in 145 countries. In addition to professional experience, the curriculum helps prepare students to take the level 1 examination immediately after graduation which covers ethical and professional standards, accounting and financial statement analysis, economics, corporate finance, portfolio management, analysis and valuation of equity, debt, and alternative investments.

Likewise, the CFP® designation is recognized worldwide as a premier designation for personal financial planners. To qualify for this designation, individuals must complete a registered educational program such as our Certificate in Financial Planning program, pass a two-day, ten hour examination administered by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards, and meet the experience and ethical requirements. Our financial planning program also discusses the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard 22222, Personal Financial Planning.

Why Choose Penn State Behrend for Your Finance Degree?

  • Our Finance program is focused on providing quality instruction with small class sizes and opportunities for students to conduct research collaboratively with faculty through grant opportunities. The program also features a financial services lab, which has the most current technology providing the same financial information Wall Street players and investors receive. Students have access to a Bloomberg terminal, which enables to complete four Bloomberg certificates and gives them access to many other financial and information resources.
  • Our students get unparelled real world experience through an actual student-managed investment fund, made possible by a $100,000 gift from an alumnus.
  • Penn State Behrend's business programs are accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premier accrediting agency for schools of business. Only 15 percent of colleges and universities worldwide have obtained this designation, including world-class business schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and Yale.


Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the trademarks CFP ®, Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Financial Planner ® in the U.S., which it awards to individual who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. Penn State does not certify individuals to use the CFP ® , Certified Financial Planner™ and  marks. CFP ® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.