Degree and Major Requirements
Students majoring Finance and Quantitative Finance have an option of choosing one of the following two concentrations.
Financial Analysis Concentration
This concentration is designed to prepare students interested in financial analyst track and CFA exams. James Madison University’s Finance major is a designated CFA Recognized program, which means that its curriculum overlaps with 70% of the CFA curriculum, and scholarships are available for students taking the Level I exam (first of three levels) upon graduation. These scholarships are competitive. Students may declare the concentration in the junior year. To fulfill the concentration requirements, students must have a 2.0 in the four FIN elective classes - FIN380, FIN362, FIN378, FIN475 (or ACTG343). Students must have a B or better in COB241 and COB242 to take FIN362 and to graduate with this concentration.
Financial Risk Management Concentration
The curriculum in the concentration covers 80-85% of the curriculum for the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Part I exam. The FRM exam is sponsored by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Students may declare the concentration in the junior year. To fulfill the concentration requirements, students must complete FIN elective classes - FIN380, FIN450, FIN451, FIN471 and FIN475. Students must have a B- or better in FIN380 to take FIN450 and have a B- or better in FIN450 to take FIN451.