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Department of Finance, Investment, and Banking

Collaborative partnerships, dynamic learning experiences

At the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison you can be part of an undergraduate program that consistently ranks near the top of all schools in the United States, a master’s program that focuses on progressive learning in niche areas, or a PhD program that fosters passionate researchers.

The forward-thinking curriculum includes comprehensive coursework, applied programs, and collaborative experiences with business leaders in the field. Our department is led by internationally known faculty and is supported by three knowledge centers. Alumni also share their experience as lecturers and speakers. There are numerous opportunities for you to develop the sophisticated skills in corporate finance, investments, and banking that recruiters have come to expect from our graduates.

Faculty and Research

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Our faculty members contribute to the finance, investment, and banking professions both in and beyond the classroom.

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Featured Publications

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Research Seminars

Browse upcoming, recent, and archived research seminars.

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Degrees We Support

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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate students with a major in finance, investment, and banking learn to manage organizations’ financial resources.

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MS in Finance, Investment, and Banking

Wisconsin School of Business undergraduates and UW–Madison undergraduate economics students may earn an MS degree with one additional year of study beyond their undergraduate requirements.

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MS in Financial Economics

This master’s degree emphasizes modern quantitative methods in financial economics and econometrics. Jointly offered by the Wisconsin School of Business’ Finance Department and the Department of Economics, it provides highly sought after skills in advanced financial analysis.

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MBA Specialization in Applied Security Analysis

The applied security analysis specialization in the Wisconsin MBA Program provides the analytic skill set, asset management experience, and professional support you’ll need to grow your career in the investment industry.

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MBA Specialization in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

This comprehensive program prepares students for a lifetime of success as financial officers, consultants, or investment bankers.

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PhD in Finance

The Wisconsin PhD Program in finance prepares individuals for careers in research and teaching at the university level.

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Knowledge Centers

Hawk Center for Investment Analysis

Our objective is to offer students the opportunity to participate in a curriculum that emphasizes the application of modern investment theory to the management of real assets.

Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

We support MBA students who gain practical experience by working on corporate finance consulting engagements.

Puelicher Center for Banking Education

This comprehensive program is dedicated to state-of-the art banking education that develops skills needed to succeed in investment and commercial banking.

The Thomas A. Costello Memorial Alumni Award

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The Thomas A. Costello Memorial Alumni Award is offered annually to a UW alumnus/a who selflessly gives back to others through mentorship, volunteerism, and community engagement. This award commemorates the legacy of Tommy Costello, a passionate member of the Badgers in Finance alumni network who impacted the lives of so many UW students, alumni, and industry professionals in the pursuit of their career and personal goals.

The ideal candidate for this award will have graduated from UW within the last five years and works in finance. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend to apply toward a trip to return to campus to celebrate their finance-career accomplishments and share wisdom with students. The individual will also have the opportunity to connect with a distinguished alumnus within the Badgers in Finance network.

To apply or to nominate someone, please complete the application. Applications are open until May 31, 2024.

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