Corporate Finance

The financial health and survival of organizations depends on savvy financial officers. A bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from Wilkes will give you an edge over other generalized finance degrees and prepare you to make informed strategic decisions today’s organizations rely on.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major On Campus 123

Why Study Corporate Finance at Wilkes?

Distinguish yourself in a program that offers a greater number of courses dedicated to corporate finance. You will receive one-on-one mentoring from faculty as you learn core business and financial concepts along with key analytics skills needed to make sound, ethical decisions in the corporate world.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What You Will Learn as a Corporate Finance Major

  • Gain an understanding of the interactions of all functional areas of business to finance.
  • Build the analytical skills and techniques needed to thrive in the corporate world.
  • Develop all aspects of the decision-making process, from analyzing risk and regulatory standards to how to create value and communicating your selections.

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Program Highlights

Integrative Management Experience

Collaborate with your peers to develop a business plan and launch your own business in your first year during the two-semester Integrative Management Experience course.

One-on-One Mentoring

Take advantage of one-on-one access to professors, ensuring you receive the support you need to succeed.

Personal and Professional Development

Courses in networking, self-reflection and other aspects of the professional world are incorporated throughout your four years at Wilkes.

Internships

Gain real-world experience in the corporate finance field with internships. Recent internship opportunities include Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Group and the Medical Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Facilities

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot University Center on Main. The $3 million state-of-the-art facility includes the Cardell Financial Center, seven smart classrooms, student meeting rooms and club spaces for collaboration on projects, and a Starbucks in the lobby.

Cardell Financial Center

The Cardell Financial Center connects students to the finance world with state-of-the-art technology that provides real-time data and news. The center contains an array of analytical tools to teach students how to make informed decisions about investments, including the Bloomberg Finance Lab’s 12 dedicated terminals and real-time stock market quotes.

100%

of students complete at least one internship

100%

of Sidhu students launch a business their freshman year

4

years of the Sidhu School's exclusive Personal and Professional Development Program

Careers & Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for professionals in the corporate financial sector will grow by 19% over the next 10 years, which is almost triple the average of other professions. In 2017, the median pay for financial investment professionals with a bachelor’s degree was $125,080, triple the national average. Financial director ranked 10th in “Best Jobs in America” by CNN Money.

Popular Careers

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Risk Management Specialist
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Director of Finance
  • Senior Business Analyst

Recent Employers

  • Advantage Solutions
  • Aetna
  • Blacktree Healthcare
  • Geico
  • MassMutual
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • United Airlines
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I implore anyone who has interests or curiosity into financial or analytical industries to enter the corporate finance program. In addition to the knowledge you will gain, you are opening yourself to vital professional development opportunities and a network of individuals who will follow you well after your time at Wilkes University.

Jessica Smith '22 - Accounting and Corporate Finance

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