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Why study Finance

Finance, described as the "art and science of managing money," is integral to every business globally. Financial operations are vital to organizational and individual success.

A finance degree prepares students to think critically and become creative problem solvers. They will learn to collect, assess, and interpret financial data. Career possibilities include financial analysis, stockbroking, portfolio management, financial planning, investment analysis, real estate, and banking.

Program Highlights

Faculty in this program either have a Ph.D. or a DBA in finance and regularly publish their research in top business academic journals. Many also work as consultants within the field, bringing decades of real-world experience.

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.”