Degree Programs

Information about finance degree options at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.


Smeal offers a bachelor's degree in Finance at the undergraduate level. The major focuses on how individuals and business organizations raise money and capital, and how those resources are allocated among competing investment and consumption opportunities.

Finance is a broad field that prepares students for positions in banking, investments, insurance, corporations, and government. Careers include positions in securities analysis and investment management, retail and commercial bank management, retail investment brokerage, and financial advising and consulting. Top employers of finance majors at Smeal include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, EY, Goldman Sachs & Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


At the graduate level, Smeal offers a one-year residential Master's in Corporate Finance program, a two-year full-time MBA Program with a concentration in finance, an Executive MBA Program with coursework focused in financial management, and a Ph.D. Program emphasis in Finance.