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Program Overview

The finance program at the Dolan School of Business is designed to develop individual competency in the financial tools and analysis that help organizations stay informed and make wise fiscal decisions. Through the use of case studies and computer-based problem solving, finance majors blends theory and practice.

The finance program at the Dolan School is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP). This certification acknowledges that the Dolan School's finance programs incorporates a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. 

Coursework covers business organization, production and operations, marketing, information systems, business law, and ethics. Students perform financial analysis and learn to manage portfolios of stocks, bonds, and options.

Fairfield is located in a region with the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, a short train ride from New York City - the world’s financial services capital. For this reason, you are given the extraordinary opportunity to intern and carry out team projects with members of the business community who are on the forefront of the financial world. This work gives you a realistic view of the role finance plays in business, along with essential, hands-on professional experiences.

Upon graduation, you will have a strong sense of the place finance has in the global business world, and will be well prepared to move on to graduate school or start your career in the financial field.

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

#2
Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in Connecticut
- Niche
#3
Best Colleges for Business in Connecticut
- Niche
Top 15%
Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America
- Niche
#16
Undergraduate Finance
- 2021 U.S. News and World Report

Requirements & Curriculum

Required Courses

[Thirty-three (33) Business Core Requirements]
Principles of Investment
Financial Management
Case Studies in Finance
Three (3) Finance courses
Introduction to Finance
Principles of Investment
Financial Management
Two (2) Finance courses

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

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Finance Clubs

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Finance Clubs

Finance Club

The Finance Club’s mission is to provide educational resources for members and to assist with their transition into professional careers. In addition to guest speaker events members can participate in the club’s Mock Portfolio Investopedia Challenge and stock trading simulation and competition. They will also be introduced to the Rotman Competition and Bloomberg Terminal, gain tips on finding internships and working at investment banks and hedge funds, and have opportunities for networking.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Ying (Clement) Zhang.

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

SMIF is a student-run investment fund that manages funds as part of the university endowment with a market value close to $400,000 as of September, 2021. The objective of SMIF is to help grow the financial literacy of students through researching and evaluating potential investments, especially in the stock market. The group provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn real-world investment management skills under the advisement of the faculty advisor.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Nazli Sila Alan.

CFA Institute Research Challenge

CFA Institute Research Challenge is a worldwide competition involving over 1,100 universities. Each year a team of five students from Fairfield University will compete with teams from more than 20 other New York area universities (such as Fordham, Rutgers, Cornell, Baruch, Seaton Hall, and others) in analyzing a company, writing an analyst report, and presenting the report in front of financial analysts. Those who participate will have the option to receive three credits that can count as their finance elective. The competition runs October through February.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Katsiaryna Bardos.

Rotman Trading Competition

The Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) is an annual event that brings teams of students and their faculty advisors from universities worldwide to participate in a unique three-day simulated market challenge. Teams are invited to participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors from around the world. In past years, RITC participants have competed in a diverse range of cases including open outcry, options, liquidity and algorithmic trading.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Walter Hlawitschka.

FinTech Club

Financial technology or FinTech is a disruptive and fast-moving phenomenon in global financial markets. The Fairfield University FinTech Club seeks to prepare members for leadership roles in the growing FinTech industry through regular meetings, seminars, simulated cryptocurrency trading competitions, guest speakers, and networking events. The goal of the club is to educate, mentor, and connect students with prominent alumni and employers to help them achieve prosperous professional careers in the FinTech industry.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Michael Puleo.

Real Estate Club

The Real Estate Club welcomes all students interested in career or side investment in all areas of real estate. The club helps students familiarize themselves with different areas of real estate by connecting club members with alumni and other professionals in the industry. The club hosts guest speakers, organizes panel discussions, and offers field trips to visit real estate companies.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Katsiaryna Bardos.

Environment Social and Governance (ESG) Club

As companies face increasing pressures from investors, regulators, shareholders, customers, and employees to transform their businesses through a lens of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, Fairfield Dolan has taken the initiative to equip students with the knowledge required to understand the space, and to make immediate impacts as they join the workforce. ESG aligns with Fairfield’s core Jesuit values of providing a holistic education that focuses on forming men and women for and with others, and caring for our common Earth.

For more information, contact Faculty Advisor Katsiaryna Bardos.

Career & Professional Opportunities

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Career & Professional Opportunities

Recent graduates in finance have started their careers as:

  • Global financial management trainee
  • Financial analyst
  • Operations analyst
  • Commodities floor clerk
  • Finance and control associate
  • Underwriter
  • Billing/premium consultant

They have begun these careers in such firms as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • GE
  • J.P. Morgan
  • UPS
  • IBM
  • Lehman Bros.
  • Merrill Lynch

Those seeking graduate education have gained admission to:

  • Fairfield Universiy
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Wharton
  • Georgetown
  • Boston College
  • Ohio State
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Dolan Career Development Center provides professional development services for undergraduate and graduate students that enrich their academic experiences and inspire tomorrow's business leaders. These opportunities allow students to learn about themselves, and about the business world, as well as to apply what they're learning in the classroom.

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Faculty

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Faculty

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced Finance faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale, supported by our amazing administration.

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