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The Finance curriculum at Cleveland State University introduces business students to theories, concepts, practices, and advances in financial analysis and financial management. Topics covered include risk estimation and solutions, efficient management of funds, selection of alternative sources of financing, the financial adaptation of the firm and the individual investor to a dynamic economic and political environment, the fundamental and technical valuation of various types of assets, and the determination of appropriate investment policies for the firm and the individual within the U.S. as well as the international environment. The Finance faculty is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and scholarship in corporate finance and investments. The Center for Real Estate Research is especially well- known throughout the world, most notably in the area of real estate investments.

Students may choose from four areas of specialization:

  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Investment and Security Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Financial Management

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team.  This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with a finance major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

Visit CSU's Finance Department's website for more information

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Investment Researcher 
Credit Counselor 
Investor Relations 
Audit Manager 
Credit Manager 
Loan Administrator 
Bank Manager 
Loan Officer 
Bank Representative 
Loan Processor 
External Auditor 
Management Accountant 
Branch Manager 
Finance Writer 
Market Research Analyst 
Budget Analyst 
Financial Analyst 
Mergers/Acquisitions Mgr 
Business Analyst 
Financial Consultant 
Mutual Fund Manager 
Business Manager 
Financial Economist 
Mutual Fund Trader 
Chief Executive Officer 
Financial Planner 
Payroll Administrator 
Chief Financial Officer 
Foreign Exchange Trader 
Property Manager 
Claim Adjuster/Examiner 
Government Official 
Rate Analyst 
Commodities Trader 
Industrial/Institutional Buyer 
Real Estate Developer 
Consumer Credit/Loan Officer 
Insurance Agent/Broker 
Securities Analyst 
International Trade Specialist 
Securities Broker 
Cost Manager 
Investment Banker 


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Reading Comprehension Active Listening Writing & speaking skills
Mathematics Critical Thinking Active Learning
Monitoring Give Advice On Finances Plan & Administer Budgets
Examine Financial Records Prepare Financial Reports Prepare/Organize Records
Process Data-Computers Computer Skills  


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