Why Study Finance

Finance is the study and practice of making money-denominated decisions. Individuals, business corporations, and government agencies located worldwide are all concerned with securing, managing, and investing funds efficiently; i.e., they must practice sound financial decision making. As a discipline, finance can be classified into six areas: corporate financial management, investments, financial institutions and markets, banking and insurance, personal financial planning, and real estate investment and valuation.

Why Study Finance at Ship

The Finance Program at Shippensburg University focuses on the application of finance concepts. Required courses in applied analysis give students a real-world feeling for finance. In addition to two applied courses in market, company, and security analysis, the finance major can apply for admission to the Investment Management Program class. In this class students utilize their accumulated knowledge and skills in the management of a real $ investment portfolio.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. Finance majors intern at security brokerage firms, financial services firms, commercial banks, manufacturing firms, as well as government agencies. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

As a finance major, you will develop a wide range of analytical skills that will allow you to choose a career within a full spectrum of jobs, such as:

  • Financial planner
  • Security analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Banker
  • Corporate risk manager
  • Real estate analyst/appraiser

The demand for finance graduates is high and continues to grow. For further information on career opportunities in finance, visit

The average salary for Finance jobs in PA is $62,000.