Department of Finance

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Dr. Chenchuramaiah Bathala
A Message from the Chair
Dr. Chenchuramaiah Bathala

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The Department of Finance administers two degree programs:

The department of Finance is known nationally and internationally as a leading Center for Real Estate Research. The department’s strength lies in three areas:

  • Corporate Finance and Investment
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate

The Finance faculty have been widely recognized outside the university for their scholarly achievements. Recent faculty awards and recognition include:

  • An appointment to the National Distinguished Fellows Program of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Fulbright Scholar Awards to teach in Bulgaria and Latvia
  • A grant from the State of South Carolina to work on Medicare reform

The department works closely with the region’s financial service firms and the finance departments of area businesses in placing finance majors at the BBA and the MBA levels in professional internships and co-op positions, providing solutions and analytical insights for area businesses in addition to a depth of experience for the student. Faculty are also very active in advising finance majors and in the sponsorship of independent research projects.

Paul J. Everson Center For the Study of Real Estate Brokerage/Agency and Markets

Paul J. Everson Center for the Study of Real Estate Brokerage/Agency and Markets, Department of Finance, Monte Ahuja College of Business, established with a gift from Mr. Paul J. Everson helps support real estate activities in three distinct areas: research, education, and community outreach.

The Center's mission is to serve as the leading resource for the Cleveland area real estate professionals and students in ways to enhance their knowledge, competence, and career opportunities in real estate and brokerage services. The Center strives to achieve these objectives through academic preparation, certificate programs, seminars, continuing education and other support activities.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Chenchu Bathala, Chairperson, Department of Finance (216-687-4715); or Dr. Almon (Bud) Smith, Visiting Real Estate Executive, or visit Here

Annual Real Estate Conference

The Paul J. Everson Center for the Study of Real Estate Brokerage/Agency and Markets hosts an annual Real Estate Conference bringing together experts to discuss current issues and cutting-edge topics dealing with real estate finance, investment, and brokerage services. For more information on this year's conference as well as photos and details of past conferences, please see the Real Estate Conference web page.

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

The Key Bank Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) at the Monte Ahuja College of Business is managed by a select group of qualified accounting and finance majors and MBA students. Student-Managed Investment Funds (SMIFs) are recognized for their value in teaching students about critical aspects of investment analysis, investment decision-making and portfolio management.

For additional information on SMIF's stock holdings, other details, and application to join the SMIF, please click here

CFA Exam Preparation

The department encourages finance majors to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. We offer, in partnership with Stalla, a comprehensive and detailed CFA Exam preparation course. This time-proven successful format provides students with the knowledge and confidence to pass the CFA exam, greatly expanding their career opportunities. Learn More.

To learn more about the Department of Finance, its programs, and its faculty members, explore this web site or contact the department at 216.687.4716 or email them at:

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Department of Finance, Rm. 321
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 321
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Marilyn Leadbetter
Monte Ahuja Hall, Rm. 321
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.4716
Fax: 216.875.9725

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