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Financial analysis and management, essentials of modern business, have changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Modern theories of financial markets and decision making have been drivers of innovation on Wall Street and in the corporate world. Today’s financial and non-financial corporations are actively seeking bright individuals with the skills necessary for making sound financial decisions. Students with a finance major will be skilled in the use of technology, quantitative methods, and communication, along with an understanding of global and ethical issues. A minor will supplement a business degree by providing students with greater financial acumen and critical thinking skills that enable them to add value to any organization.

Major Requirements

In addition to the core curriculum and business curriculum, each student must take courses specific to their declared major. These requirements are listed below.

Required Major Courses - Up to Class of 2020

Three of the following elective courses:

  • Three finance elective courses (except FIN 3350, FIN 3360, and FIN 3470. Note: starting the fall 2018 semester, FIN 2343 will no longer fulfill the FIN elective requirements)


  • Two finance elective courses (except FIN 3350, FIN 3360, and FIN 3470. Note: starting the fall 2018 semester, FIN 2343 will no longer fulfill the FIN elective requirements). 

plus one of the following:

RES 2340 - Contemporary Topics in Real Estate


Required Major Courses - Class of 2021 and Beyond

Three finance elective courses  (except FIN 2343, FIN 3350, FIN 3360, and FIN 3470). 

Minor Requirements

Required Minor Courses - Up to Class of 2020

One additional Finance course except:

Note: starting the fall 2018 semester, FIN 2343 will no longer fulfill the FIN elective requirements.


Required Minor Courses - Class of 2021 and Beyond


Applied Quantitative Finance (AQF) Concentration

This unique concentration will focus on the quantitative side of financial markets, targeting the practical application of quantitative techniques, in addition to utilizing financial theory. This in-depth set of courses is aimed to attract top students, and provides a valuable opportunity to partner with the Villanova College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to create an interdisciplinary curriculum, utilizing previously-offered courses supplemented with new quantitative finance-specific seminars and case studies.

MATH (11 cr to 12 cr):  MAT 1500, MAT 1505, and MAT 2705. 
If test out  MAT 1505, take MAT  4550; MAT 4610; pre-approved Stats course - such as Time Series or Data Science; or pre-approved CSC course - such  as Machine Learning.

STAT (10 cr)
:  MAT 1430 (B- is required), MAT 4315, and MAT 5700 - must pass Double Integrals in MAT 2500.

CSC/Analytics (7 cr)
:  MIS 2020 (or CSC 1010), ECO 2130 (1 cr), and MGT 3170.
Economics (3 cr):  ECO 3137.
Specific FIN Elective Courses (9 cr)
  •  FIN 2325 – Introduction to Derivatives.
  •  Plus FIN EL OP (3 cr) from the following: 
    FIN 2230 – Risk Management of Financial Institutions, OR 
    FIN 2324 – Portfolio Management, OR

FIN 2326 – Market Structure, Trading & Liquidity, OR

FIN 2333 – Financial Modeling & Valuation.

  •  Plus FIN XXXX – Quantitative Finance Capstone.

Admission Process

In order to be admitted to the Quantitative Finance Concentration, freshmen and current sophomores must submit a statement of interest, as well as a copy of their resumé and transcript to Steve Padovano at This highly-selective program is designed to be completed in four years and is limited to approximately 20 to 30 students per graduating class.

Applications should be submitted in the summer following freshmen year, but before July 15.

For current sophomores in the Class of 2020, applications are due immediately.

Additional Information about the concentration can be found here.

Student Societies and Extracurricular Activities

Students who study finance can participate in the Villanova Financial Management Association, the Villanova University Equity Society, the Villanova Fixed Income Society, and the Villanova Technical Analysis Group (VTAG). Students will also study the financial market, manage real-world investment funds, and hear from numerous guest speakers on the latest financial practices and career opportunities. Approximately 150 students participate in VSB’s socially responsible student-managed funds program. These undergraduate and graduate students obtain hands-on experience through managing half-a-million dollars in real-world investments. Students also have access to VSB’s Finance Lab, a state-of-the-art simulated trading room that provides hands-on access to the same data used by Wall Street traders.


Finance majors are eligible to apply to two unique CoOp programs -including the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Forensic Accounting/Economic Crimes CoOp and the Johnson & Johnson Finance/Accounting CoOp.

Type of Job Opportunities

The Finance major is designed to be general so that students may choose any finance
specialty of interest and pursue numerous career paths. Many graduates have been
employed in the financial services industry, although many have chosen positions in
finance departments of nonfinancial corporations.

Finance majors pursue a wide variety of careers, including:

• Fixed Income Sales and Trading
• Equity Sales and Trading
• Financial Advising
• Financial Analysis
• Investment Banking
• Consultanting
• Risk Analysis
• Wealth Management


The following is a selection of companies that have hired finance students for a full-time and internship positions:

  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Citigroup Inc
  • Deutsche Bank
  • General Electric Company
  • IBM Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NYSE
  • Pfizer Inc
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Reuters News Agency
  • Rolls Royce Group
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc