Finance at VSB is a community of exceptional thought leaders with a reputation for high-quality research, curricular innovation, and nationally-recognized technological resources. Finance faculty collaborate with academic colleagues, students, alumni, and corporate partners to ensure a dynamic and business-relevant learning environment.
VSB Finance faculty publish in journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Review of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, as well as other leading journals.
Finance faculty frequently turn to corporate partners—including Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch—and even take site visits to their offices—to receive direct feedback on the efficacy of VSB finance curricula and real-time suggestions for improvement. As such, VSB finance courses are agile and reflect content that is relevant to the industry—day by day, and week by week.
The heart of VSB finance education is the dynamic VSB Applied Finance Lab, one of the first and best of its kind in the nation. The lab, which includes a simulated trading room, is designed to offer students the same real-time resources available to Wall Street traders.
Excellent data resources are provided, including CRSP/Compustat Merged, DRI/Global Insight, RiskMetrics, NYSE TAQ, SDC Platinum, OptionMetrics, Thomson 13F, Factset, Global Financial Data, Morningstar Direct, Argus, SNL Financial, IW Financial and other data resources. Most data are available via the WRDS portal. Additionally, our Applied Finance Lab houses 24 Bloomberg terminals. These resources are available to support faculty scholarship, teaching, and five student managed funds.
Finance at VSB oversees two degree programs: a BBA with a major or minor concentration in finance, and a Master of Science in Finance. The Finance program helps students develop skills in analytical thinking, communication, quantitative analysis, ethics, and technology, all within a context of the global environment in which organizations operate.
The Applied Quantitative Finance concentration was developed in 2017 to better prepare students for the changing financial landscape. Quantitative Finance is an area where STEM meets finance and is a field that is heavily reliant on models and complex analysis. Students interested in this concentration should be quantitatively inclined as the curriculum will be challenging and incorporate higher-level courses in Math, Statistics, Analytics and Computer Science. When woven in with a major in Finance, a student will exit the program prepared to become not only a “quant”, but a quant who is well rounded and well versed in all areas of finance. After consulting with industry experts, the AQF curriculum was curated and enhanced to best serve the student and to meet not only the current needs of employers, but future needs as well. Unlike other majors and minors within VSB, this rigorous concentration will require specific admission following a students first year at Villanova and will require careful planning with an advisor to make sure the program can be completed in a normal course.
David R. Shaffer