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Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law

Department Overview

Welcome to Virginia Tech’s Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law. Whether you are a student, parent, alumnus, employer, faculty member or potential research partner, we encourage you to spend time on our website and learn more about our department and what we have to offer.

We are the largest department in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, with over 20 full-time faculty members serving over 900 undergraduate students. In a typical year, our department awards more than 300 Bachelor’s degrees (including double majors). We also have an active Ph.D. program and support the university’s various MBA programs in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Roanoke.

Our faculty strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service to our students, community and alumni.Virginia Tech’s finance faculty are experts in their fields. They are actively involved in research in a number of areas, including corporate finance, investments and business law. As part of their research mission, they have published in the top journals within their fields. They are also frequently consulted for their expertise by businesses and other entities. In addition, a number of our faculty members have significant private sector experience and contacts that they frequently leverage in their teaching and advising roles, as well as in helping students navigate the placement process for internships and full-time jobs.

Our undergraduate program is highly rigorous and produces graduates who can succeed in a wide variety of finance careers. Our students are highly recruited by a large number of employers, with over 100 companies coming to campus in a typical year. Despite our department’s large size, the vast majority of our graduating seniors (over 80% in 2014) either receive job offers or continue on to graduate school. The median starting salary (excluding signing bonuses) for our Bachelor’s degree recipients was $56,700 in 2014, with the middle 50 percent ranging from $47,000 to $60,000. Within our undergraduate curriculum, we offer a number of tracks for students who want specialize in various areas of finance. We also offer preparatory coursework for students who want to take the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional exams. For students interested the markets and asset management, we offer hands-on learning through BASIS and SEED, two student-run investment funds, which each manage approximately $5 million of the university’s endowment funds.

At the graduate level, we provide a variety of finance courses as part of the university’s three MBA programs, which are located in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Roanoke. These courses are structured for students with work experience who are pursuing their MBA degrees on a part-time basis at night and on weekends while continuing to hold full-time jobs.

In Blacksburg, we also have an active, rigorous Ph.D. program that produces graduates who can conduct the innovative research required in both academia and the financial services industry. Our Ph.D. students work with our faculty in a variety of research areas, particularly the areas of Investments and Corporate Finance. We have placed our Ph.D. students at a numerous universities around the US and overseas, as well as into the private sector.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or (540) 231-5904.

  • Pamplin’s Department of Finance is ranked #5 in the nation by’s Best Bachelor’s In Finance Degree Programs, 2016.
  • The Department of Finance congratulates John Pinkerton’s award of emeritus status!
  • Tracy Castle-Newman has been listed as one of 100 most powerful people in Finance!
  • Finance alumni won all awards announced by the Pamplin Society at the Pamplin Advisory Council dinner! They are:
    • Rising Alumni Award: Bobby Bal, 2010 FIN
    • Rising Alumni Award: Christina Todd, 2009 FIN, Member of the Finance Advisory Board
    • Rising Alumni Award: Ashton Wilson, 2007 FIN
    • Mentoring Award: Nick Cullen, 1991 FIN, Member of the Finance Advisory Board
    • Ut Prosim Service Award: TJ Loeffler, 2011 FIN.
  • We would like to congratulate Jin Xu for her promotion!
  • The Department of Finance congratulates Dr. Hiller on the appointment of Director of Pamplin Integrated Security!
  • Zach Tekamp is one of 12 students chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship as part of the 2017 TD Ameritrade NextGen RIA Scholarships Grants program
  • Bank of Fincastle Reports, George Morgan in the Media

Faculty Journal Acceptances:

Dr. Sattar Mansi – Journal of Corporate Finance – 2017

• “Do Long-Term Investors Improve Corporate Decision Making?”, with Ambrus and Jarrad Harford

Dr. Jin Xu – Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis – 2017

• “Taxes, Capital Structure Choices, and Equity Value”, with Mara Faccio

Dr. Brad Paye – 2017

• “Micro(structure) before macro? The predictive power of aggregate illiquidity for stock returns and economic activity,” with Yong Chen, and Greg Eaton

Dr. Vijay Singal- Journal of Fimacial Economics – 2016

• “Comovement Revisited,” with Honghui Chen, and Robert Whitelaw.

Dr. Gregory Kadlec – Journal of Financial Economics – 2015

• “Institutional investors and asset pricing anomalies,” with Ozzie Ince, and Roger Edelen.

Dr. Jin Xu- Journal of Financial Economics – 2015

• “Golden hellos: Signing bonuses for new top executives,” with Jun Yang.

Dr. Pengfei Ye – Journal of Financial Economics – 2015

• “Relative peer quality and firm performance” with Bill B. Francis, Iftekar Hasan and Sureshbabu Mani.

Course Request for Spring 2018 begins October 17-24, 2017

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