Undergraduate Program Information



Department website: finance.wharton.upenn.edu

Concentration advisors: Prof. Richard Kihlstrom(Office and hours: 2255 SH-DH, please email with questions or to set up a time. If unavailable, please contact Prof. Richard Herring.)

The finance concentration develops the skills necessary to work at a high level of expertise in all areas of finance, including: 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, mergers, and acquisitions; and in most aspects of management consulting in both the domestic and international sectors. Concentrating in finance also equips students well for careers in law and government in addition to the private sector.

To complete the concentration, students are required to take FNCE 100, FNCE 101, and any four additional courses offered by the Finance Department.

The department offers a large number of upper-level courses in a variety of areas, and students are encouraged to choose among these to develop their skills widely. Students should not focus all their courses in a narrow area, however appealing this may seem. The field of finance changes rapidly and the aim of the concentration is for students to develop the basic tools and to be able to learn and adapt these skills as needed.

Specialized programs of study can be devised, but it is strongly recommended that the student consult with the concentration advisor before doing so.

For a complete listing of finance courses, please visit the Finance Department web site. Recent course syllabi may also be examined from this site.

Students should note the following policies:

  • Only one FNCE 399: Supervised Study in Finance may be applied to the concentration.
  • Students cannot obtain credit for both FNCE 101 and ECON 102, and ECON 102 cannot count towards the FNCE 101 requirement. Students who have already taken ECON 102 must take a higher-level FNCE elective in lieu of the FNCE 101 requirement. For students concentrating in finance, the elective substituting for the FNCE 101 requirement must be in addition to the other four electives required for the concentration, and, like all concentration courses, it must be taken for a normal grade, not pass/fail.

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