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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Tue., Sept. 19 The 2017 Finance Career Fair will take place from 6-8pm at the Spartan Stadium Office Tower, 4th floor
Mon., Sept. 25 End of tuition refund for Fall classes if you drop a course
Wed., Oct. 18 Last day to drop a course with no grade reported
You can find the full academic calendar here.
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Every 2 weeks 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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Once again this summer, a group of Study Abroad students is enjoying a great learning adventure in Belgium. How many classes do you get to take where a game of paintball breaks out?! So far this summer, our Spartans in Belgium have met with the European Investment Bank and toured the Tintin Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve among many other fun and educational activities. Last summer’s trip included a meeting with officials from the European Union and IMF.
Study Abroad is an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Finance in other parts of the world. Did you know that MSU has one of the largest catalogs of Study Abroad programs in the country? You can choose from programs where you enroll directly with a foreign university, go on an MSU-faculty led excursion, or even apply for an internship with a company in another country.
This summer’s Finance Study Abroad offerings include 4 week programs in Belgium and Greece, and plans are underway for a 4 week session next summer in St. Petersburg, the Cultural Capital of Russia. Stay tuned for information on all these programs, with photos and updates from Belgium and Greece coming soon!
Learn more about Study 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: