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Finance Program Overview

In Ashland University’s finance program, you’ll gain skills that employers prize: auditing, coding, analytics, investing, risk management and corporate finance. You’ll also gain real-world investing experience by participating in the Eagle Investment Group, where you’ll invest $2 million of the university’s endowment and earn Bloomberg Market Concepts certification. Then you’ll graduate ready to take the Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority exams.

How to Know If This Major Is Right for You

This program is ideal for anyone who:

  • Is an analytical thinker and natural problem-solver
  • Enjoys tinkering with software and/or calculating risks
  • Wants to learn how to use data to predict market trends and make well-founded business decisions
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Learning Experiences

You can look forward to: 

  • Small classes in which you get individual attention from your professors 
  • Faculty with real-world finance experience
  • Honing your teamwork and leadership skills
  • Gaining real-world investing experience with real money at stake
  • Taking part in an annual trip to New York City to meet our partners and alumni who work on Wall Street
  • Developing a professional network of faculty, fellow finance majors and alumni that will serve you well while you’re in school and after graduation
Student Involvement
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Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the Accounting and Finance programs.

Benefits of this scholarship include a merit-based, renewable award of $1,500 that stacks upon other merit awards received. Recipients will also gain the opportunity to join unique academic communities that promote engagement with faculty and focus on career coaching and preparation.

The application consists of a formal essay and interview. To qualify, applicants must be admitted to one of the approved programs with a cumulative, high-school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is March 1. 

After you apply for admission to Ashland University, you can apply for the scholarship here. You will receive a link to access your application within the student portal. For more information, contact the chair of the Finance Department:

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Jeffrey Russell
Jeffrey Russell, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics, Finance, Business Analytics Departments; Associate Professor of Economics
201 Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics


The College of Business and Economics offers high-quality academic instruction that has earned accredited status from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. In the finance program, you can choose the track that aligns with your career goals:

  • Asset Management is for students seeking a career in financial planning or a related field. The courses provide the knowledge to prepare for the Certified Financial Planner designation and the National Association of Securities Dealers exams.
    Asset Management Four-Year Curriculum Guide
  • Corporate Finance prepares you to provide strategic leadership and projections to companies, assist in mergers and acquisitions or offer financial analytics services. It’s perfect for students interested in earning the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
    Corporate Finance Four-Year Curriculum Guide

Sample courses include:

  • Principles of Investment
  • Global Finance
  • Security Analysis 

View the Academic Catalog for complete degree requirements.

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Graduate Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8% by 2030.

Contact Information

Jeffrey Russell
Jeffrey Russell, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics, Finance, Business Analytics Departments; Associate Professor of Economics
201 Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics