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Why study Finance

Often described as the “art and science of managing money,” finance is integral to almost every facet of the business enterprise globally. Financial operations are vital to the success of virtually all organizations and individuals.

A degree in Finance will prepare students to think critically and become creative problem solvers. Students will learn to collect, assess, and interpret financial data. Career interests include: Financial Analyst, Stockbroker, portfolio manager, Financial Planner, Investment Analyst, real estate and banking.

Faculty in this degree program have either a PhD or a DBA in Finance, and routinely publish their research in some of the top business academic journals. In addition, many act as consultants within the field bringing decades of real-world experience.

Faculty-led experiential opportunities provide student access to real-world connections and experiences. Experiences include: Govs Fund, a student managed investment fund, industry conferences, guest lectures from industry leaders, and networking opportunities. The College of Business provides funding and scholarship opportunities for students to participate in community events, conferences, and networking functions. Direct access to the College of Business Career Readiness Coach to help aide in advising, career preparation, and job search.

What will I learn

Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Finance Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core


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Michael Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance

For almost 30 years, Dr. Michael Phillips has worked to transform Austin Peay’s finance department into one of the most competitive in the region. He was rewarded for his efforts last year by receiving the inaugural A.J. Taylor Distinguished Professorship.

“I didn’t want to be at a bigger school where I’m one of 20 teachers and stuck teaching one class,” Phillips said. “At Austin Peay, I could both build this program and have a career and that wasn’t offered to me at bigger institutions.”