DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Welcome to Virginia Tech's Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law. Whether you are a student, parent, alumnus, employer, faculty member or potential research partner, we encourage you to spend time on our website and learn more about our department and what we have to offer.

We are the largest department in Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, with over 20 full-time faculty members serving over 900 undergraduate students. In a typical year, our department awards more than 300 Bachelor's degrees (including double majors). We also have an active PhD program and support the university's various MBA programs in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Roanoke.

Our faculty strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service to our students, community and alumni. Virginia Tech's finance faculty are experts in their fields. They are actively involved in research in a number of areas, including corporate finance, investments and business law. As part of their research mission, they have published in the top journals within their fields. They are also frequently consulted for their expertise by businesses and other entities. In addition, a number of our faculty members have significant private sector experience and contacts that they frequently leverage in their teaching and advising roles, as well as in helping students navigate the placement process for internships and full-time jobs.

Our undergraduate program is highly rigorous and produces graduates who can succeed in a wide variety of finance careers. Our students are highly recruited by a large number of employers, with over 100 companies coming to campus in a typical year. Despite our department's large size, the vast majority of our graduating seniors (over 80% in 2014) either receive job offers or continue on to graduate school. The median starting salary (excluding signing bonuses) for our Bachelor's degree recipients was $56,700 in 2014, with the middle 50 percent ranging from $47,000 to $60,000. Within our undergraduate curriculum, we offer a number of tracks for students who want specialize in various areas of finance. We also offer preparatory coursework for students who want to take the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional exams. For students interested the markets and asset management, we offer hands-on learning through BASIS and SEED, two student-run investment funds, which each manage approximately $5 million of the university's endowment funds.

At the graduate level, we provide a variety of finance courses as part of the university's three MBA programs, which are located in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Roanoke. These courses are structured for students with work experience who are pursuing their MBA degrees on a part-time basis at night and on weekends while continuing to hold full-time jobs.

In Blacksburg, we also have an active, rigorous PhD program that produces graduates who can conduct the innovative research required in both academia and the financial services industry. Our PhD students work with our faculty in a variety of research areas, particularly the areas of Investments and Corporate Finance. We have placed our PhD students at a numerous universities around the US and overseas, as well as into the private sector. If you have any questions or need any additional information, feel free to contact us at fin@vt.edu or (540) 231-5904.

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Force/Add

Force/Adds for Summer 2015 will be accepted a week before classes start. Force/Add Form.

Pamplin Finance Career

Please visit the Pamplin Finance Career Link! A special link where Finance Majors can post their resumes, and search for jobs posted by recruiters.

CFA & CFP Tracks

Virginia Techs Pamplin College of Business has been named a CFA Program Partner of CFA Institute. Please see link for details.

CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) is the premier designation in the financial advisor profession. The department has implemented a CFP® Certification Education track. For more information about the requirements and benefits of becoming a CFP®, please visit http://www.cfp.net