The finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial management of industrial and commercial enterprises; commercial, retail and mortgage banking; investment analysis and portfolio management; real estate; insurance; finance positions in federal, state and local governments; and graduate study. 

Students are encouraged to start their career planning early, participate in career-oriented events in the Department, and take full advantage of the facilities at the Career and Academic Planning Office. Some of our graduates pursue a graduate education in law or finance following graduation and, most often, after gaining several years of valuable work experience. In addition, many of our graduates earn professional designations, including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter, the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification, and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification. The faculty realizes the importance of working with students to explore potential career choices and in job placement, and the Department sponsors numerous career oriented events each semester. The success students realize in job placement and after graduation depends heavily on academic performance, student internship experience, and student organization participation.

Job titles held by some of our graduates:
  • Appraiser
  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Bond Portfolio Manager
  • Consultant
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Pension Fund Manager
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Real Estate Planner
  • Risk Consultant
  • Securities Trader
Recent employers of JMU finance majors:
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac
  • Deloitte
  • Stout Risius Ross, Inc.
  • 44 Business Capital
  • Credit Suisse
  • Capital One
  • American International Group
  • Ernst and Young
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Accenture
  • PWC
  • CBRE
  • Edward Jones
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Protiviti
  • UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • SC&H Group
  • Bank of America
  • Prudential
  • National Cooperative Bank
  • Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
  • Systematic Hedge Fund
  • Aberdeen Asset Management
Recent employers of JMU quantitative finance majors:
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Capital One
  • Alphabet, Inc
  • Ernst & Young
  • DBRS
  • Accenture
  • Fannie Mae
  • HSBC
  • FI Consulting
  • Freddie Mac
Career Advisors

Finance: Dr. Pamela Drake

Quantitative Finance: Dr. Jason Fink

Job placement assistance is available through JMU’s Career & Academic Planning office.

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