George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

undergrad students

Finance Major

The volatility of today’s financial markets continues to warrant the need for highly qualified individuals in the finance field. The area of finance is diverse, encompassing concepts and techniques utilized by individuals, businesses, and government agencies in making decisions about acquiring and investing funds.

Mason’s finance degree prepares you for finance careers in corporate and public finance, investment banking, commercial banks and credit unions, mutual funds, portfolio management, venture capital, trading, personal finance banking, and federal and state government regulatory agencies.

As a Mason finance major, you will learn about:

  • Asset valuation
  • Initial public offerings
  • Stock portfolio management
  • Analyzing financial statements
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Dividend policy
  • Financial market regulation
  • International diversification
  • Capital budgeting
  • Financial regulations

Finance faculty mentors can provide additional information on finance careers. For more information on the faculty mentor program, please contact businfo@gmu.edu.

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Learning Goals for Finance Major

  • Develop competency in the analysis and valuation of real and financial assets
  • Become aware of the uses of technology in business
  • Communicate effectively
  • Increase knowledge about the legal environment of business
  • Learn how to be be critical thinkers

GMU Student Managed Investment Fund

Finance majors also have the opportunity to be part of the Student Managed Investment Fund (FNAN 477). This class teaches real hands-on portfolio construction through the management of one-quarter of a million dollars in an all equity portfolio. As part of the Mason Impact initiative, the title of each student's final thesis for the class will go on their graduating transcript. This is a phenomenal item to have on one's resume and for future work in the field of portfolio management.



View the finance curriculum in the current University Catalog or University Catalog Archives. You may also find a sample 4-year plan on the Resources page.