Visit this page often for important information designed to help you get the most out of your experience as a Finance Major at MSU. We’ll remind you of important upcoming deadlines, profile the Finance courses available to you, tell you about some of the unique programs MSU has to offer, and give you more inside tips and information from the department.
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Mon., Jan. 8 Classes Begin – First day of class for the Spring Semester 2018.
Mon., Jan. 8 Late enrollment fee ($100) for Spring 2018 begins (fee waived for newly admitted and readmitted students).
Fri., Jan 12 Application for Graduation Deadline – Degree candidates for Spring and Summer should apply for graduation by this date to ensure the listing of your name in the commencement program.
Fri., Jan 12 Open Add Period Ends – Online open add period for Spring ends at 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Holiday – classes cancelled.
Fri., Feb. 2 Tuition Refund Period Ends – End of tuition refund period for Spring semester courses — no refund after this date. NOTE: Special Session refund dates can be found by clicking on the course section number in the web Schedule of Courses at https://schedule.msu.edu/.
You can find the full academic calendar here.
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Every month we’ll be profiling a different Finance course to give you a sense of what you can expect in class. We’ll be talking to professors and students to give you a few inside tips as you plan the rest of your MSU career.
FI 455 – Financial Applications in Computer Modeling
Microsoft Excel skills are more in demand by prospective employers. A lot of companies expect new hires to hit the ground running when it comes to Excel modeling. In 455, you’ll learn how to set up discounted cash flow models, pro-forma financial statements, free cash flow analysis models, an learn how to use very useful tools such as combo boxes, Crystal Ball, Solver, and VLookup tables. These skills can set you apart in the interviewing process and help land a job that could lead to a very rewarding career.
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Ask any student who has gone on an Education Abroad trip, and they’ll tell you it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Coming up in the summer of 2018, the Finance Department is sponsor three international study adventures for you to choose from: Namur, Belgium; Athens, Greece, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
When it comes to Belgium, what usually comes to mind is chocolate, waffles, great soccer players…but the Global Finance Studies in Belgium program will show you Belgium is a great place to learn about business as well. This Education Abroad trip will introduce you to local as well as international companies while experiencing the rich Belgian culture. You’ll be able to explore Brussels as well as the quaint enclave of Luxembourg. For over 10 years, Spartans have been learning about international business in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic countries!
Contact Program Leader Prof. Antoinette Tessmer at email@example.com for information on how to apply and for more details about the program.
The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Aegean Sea, fantastic weather…. Greece has so much to offer, and is a great setting to study business! This Education Abroad program offers a unique opportunity to explore Greece and learn its deep history and richly diverse culture while earning academic credit by studying topics in several areas of importance during the week and enjoying free time on weekends. This program includes international site visits, cultural and business field trips, experiential learning activities, and multinational business content. This unique study program promises an impactful, interdisciplinary, immersion experience in which each student will cultivate cross-cultural literacy and leadership skills across professional and personal dimensions. The host locations of the program will be Athens (2 weeks) and Nafplion (2 weeks) with many planned trips to nearby destinations.
For more information, contact the Program Leader Prof. Harilaos Sorovigas at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more details on the program’s Education Abroad site.
Russia has long been considered an intriguing and even a bit of a mysterious place by the rest of the world for centuries. But what most people don’t realize is that while it still holds mystery and intrigue, it is also one of the world’s most beautiful and modern countries. Business in the Cultural Capital of Russia will show you the wonders of one of the great cities of Europe: St. Petersburg. This 4-week program will include visits to the world famous Hermitage State Museum, the magnificent Mariinski Theatre, two of the Tsar’s former palaces, as well as local and international businesses (including the Ford Motor plant and Baltika Beer brewery). You will also learn the principles of domestic and international business, including a day of instruction from professors of one of the most highly regarded universities in Europe!
For more details contact Prof. Thomas Rimer at email@example.com.
Learn more about Education Abroad by clicking here.
Looking for a way to potentially boost your finance career into overdrive at an early stage? The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program may be for you. The CFA designation is considered the gold standard when it comes to accreditations in fields such as Financial Management and Investment Analysis – in fact, for potentially lucrative careers in Investment Banking, Mutual Fund Management and as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of an investment company, the CFA is generally required.
The CFA examination process is widely considered one of the most rigorous credentialing programs you can take, but the hard work should more than payoff throughout the rest of your career. Throughout the investment industry, those who have earned the CFA designation earn more and have greater responsibilities than those that do not. The exam is given in three levels – the Level 1 exam is held twice a year, while Levels 2 & 3 are only given once per calendar year.
As a Finance major at MSU, you may apply for a partial scholarship to help offset the cost of the exam. For more details, visit the department’s CFA Partner Program website. You can also find out more about the exam directly from the CFA Institute.
The Finance Association can be a great way for you to learn more about careers in Finance, and help prepare you to succeed in the highly competitive job market once you’ve chosen the path you want to take. The association sponsors career fairs as well as site visits to the nation’s major financial centers such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The cost of membership is very reasonable, and can significantly help you build the knowledge base and network of contacts that can give you a tremendous advantage when you leave the halls of MSU and enter the world of finance.
Fall 2017 Update: The Spartan Global Development Fund has been awarded the 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award!
Want to find a way to literally help the world “Go Green”? The Spartan Global Development Fund might be the group for you!
The Spartan Global Development Fund (SGDF) helps promote the causes of sustainability and entrepreneurship by providing interest-free micro loans to small businesses in less-developed areas of the world. One of their key activities is providing much-needed funding to organizations like “As Green As It Gets”, which supports sustainable economic development and direct trade in Guatemala. While the loans SGDF arranges may be small – typically ranging from $100 to $3000 – their effects can be huge.
The Fund’s latest project is to provide assistance to Guatemalan coffee farmers Alberto and Jonny Hernandez, who are battling a fungal infection that has decimated their coffee crop. The father-and-son farming team will use the $1,378 loan from the Fund to invest in future infection prevention through pesticides and management, as well as purchase coffee from nearby producers to sustain existing sales while their plants recover.
While the Fund is student-run, it’s membership also includes Michigan State alumni and faculty, and relies on financial support from the entire community. For example, the loan to the Hernandez’s was largely funded by donations from MSUFCU, dorm hall governments, and alumni, among others.
This important work needs the support of the Spartan community to continue to thrive. Click here to find out more about the Spartan Global Development Fund as well as how you can help. Additional important information is available through Faculty Advisor Paulette Stenzel’s blog: www.mariposapaulette.com/the-blog/small-steps-get-things-done-microfinance.
You can also read more about As Green As It Gets here: www.asgreenasitgets.org
The Student Investment Association (SIA) is an undergraduate student organization within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University that was started in 2004. Its mission is to educate undergraduates about investing through its real-money portfolio, educational seminars, professional speakers, and investing competitions. Today, the SIA has over 100 members and has grown its small-cap value portfolio in excess of $25,000.
Click here for more information on the Student Investment Association.
Seven Finance student-athletes were honored with the 2015–16 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Big Ten Conference. To be eligible, student-athletes must earn a varsity letter, be in at least their second academic year, and earn a GPA of 3.7 or higher across fall and spring semesters. One of our honorees, Joe Johnson, earned a 4.0 GPA. Congratulations to: