George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

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Finance Concentration

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.

With a finance concentration, 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, contact businfo@gmu.edu.

Learning Goals for Finance Concentration

  • Finance students will be able to demonstrate, evaluate, and explain the risk-return trade-offs in finance
  • Conduct and effectively present financial analysis and research valuing complex projects, assets, securities, and firms
  • Understand the relationships among investors, firms, financial institutions, financial markets, and regulators.

GMU Montano Student Managed Investment Fund

Finance students also have the opportunity to be part of the Montano 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.


Student Research Projects

As a Finance student at Mason you also have the opportunity to participate in student led research with professors in the area. Past research has been published by the Wall Street Journal, CFA Institute, MarketWatch, and ETF Trends among other journals. For a full list of past student led research projects into financial markets please see the link above.


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