Undergraduate Program

Finance Department Advisor

Professor Richard Kihlstrom
Office & Hours: 2300 SH-DH, TBA,  please email kihlstro@wharton.upenn.edu   with questions or to set up a time.

If unavailable, please contact Professor Richard Herring – herring@wharton.upenn.edu

If a Finance course has open seats you will be able to register directly by using Penn-In-Touch.  The “Important notes” field under the prerequisites will list any registration restrictions that may be in place.

If the course is at capacity and closed on Penn In Touch we are not able to issue permits for seats that are not available.

To be added to a wait-list please complete the Registration Request Form.  This form can be email to the fnce-courses@wharton.upenn.edu or brought to the Finance Department, room 2411 SH-DH.

All questions regarding Finance Courses should be sent to fnce-courses@wharton.upenn.edu

Finance Concentration

The concentration in Finance develops the skills necessary to work at a high level of expertise in all areas of finance, in both the private as well as public sectors: asset management; commercial and investment banking in an international context; the financial management (‘treasury function’) of commercial and industrial enterprises as well as of financial institutions; the financial aspects of venture capital as well as of mergers and acquisition; and in most aspects of management consulting in both the domestic as well as the international sectors. In addition, concentrating in finance equips students well for careers in law and government, and not simply in the private sector.


To complete the concentration, students are required to complete FNCE 100 and FNCE 101, and any four additional courses offered by the Finance Department. These courses must be taken for a grade.

The department offers a large number of upper level courses in a variety of these areas, and students are encouraged to choose among these broadly, to develop their skills widely. It is not wise to focus all one’s courses in a narrow area, however appealing this may be immediately. The field of finance changes rapidly and the aim of the concentration is to develop the basic tools, to be able to learn and adapt these skills as needs of the specific job changes.

For a complete listing of FNCE courses, refer to the Undergraduate Course Listings Page.

Several types of specialized programs can be devised, if desired, but it is recommended that the students seek the suggestion of the advisor before doing so.

1. Only one Finance 399, Independent Study may be applied to the concentration. Independent Studies must be supervised by a member of the Finance Department standing faculty.

2. No courses taken Pass/Fail may be applied towards meeting the concentration requirement.

3. Students cannot obtain credit for both FNCE 101 and ECON 102 (formerly ECON 004). ECON 102 (ECON 004) does not count towards the FNCE 101 requirement. Students who have already taken ECON 102 (ECON 004) must take a higher level FNCE elective to count towards the FNCE 101 requirement. Since this course replaces FNCE 101 it must be taken for a grade. For students concentrating in Finance, additionally, this higher level elective used for the FNCE 101 requirement will not count as one of the four courses required for the Finance concentration.

Program Information

Course Information
View the Finance course schedule with links to syllabi and review course descriptions.