The Finance major is designed for students who wish to plan a career in banking, corporate finance, investment banking, money management, pension fund investments, derivatives, and related areas at the interface of law, finance, and economics. The Finance major prepares the student in several areas of finance, starting with a common grounding in: investments and portfolio management, banking and financial institutions, options valuation and derivatives trading, mergers and acquisitions, theory of corporate finance, international finance, securities trading and financial markets.
These courses are taught by faculty members who are highly respected in the profession, and some whose careers have involved extensive stints in the industry (i-banking and fixed income securities). The importance of good institutions and corporate governance practices is emphasized as a common thread in many of the courses described above. The emphasis varies from courses to course, with a broad reliance on a balance of theory and case studies, suitably complemented by empirical studies gleaned from the top finance area journals.
The Alberta School of Business is one of a select group of global institutions that have demonstrated that our curriculum contains 70% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 curriculum from the CFA Program. The School's recognition as a CFA Program Partner demonstrates that our undergraduate curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA exams.
A select core of students in the Finance major can also opt for PRIME, a course where students manage a real portfolio approaching the million dollar mark. PRIME students are highly sought after upon graduation by some of the top employers in the province and beyond.