FSU shield

Department of Finance

About Us

Understanding finance is critical in today's economy and business environment. The effective allocation of resources and capital management can separate the most successful corporations from those that are bankrupt and insolvent. At Florida State University, specializing in finance provides exposure to multiple areas, such as capital markets, corporate financial decision-making, portfolio management and financial risk management. It also opens up career opportunities with tremendous earning potential.

Academic Programs
Related Academic Programs

The study of finance at Florida State is enhanced by the department’s Student Investment Fund and Trading Room, which provide experience in the real world of finance by training students in financial modeling and portfolio management – and giving them an edge in the competitive job market of Wall Street investing. Students are encouraged to enrich their education with the college’s internship program and international programs. Many networking and leadership opportunities are available through student organizations, such as the Financial Management Association and the Master of Finance Student Association, and our Closing Bell Speaker Series. Additionally, the Student Leadership Council sponsors several networking events and student engagement programs to assist students in the transition from college to careers. Generous scholarships help support students along the way.

Finance faculty members are widely recognized for producing high-quality, innovative research, and several are acknowledged worldwide as experts in their fields. Presently, faculty members work in a variety of areas in finance including corporate, portfolio management, capital markets, hedging, financial institutions, payment systems, behavioral, international and policy issues. Their research is enhanced through the department’s centers, BB& T Center for Free Enterprise and the Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies, as well as through our SunTrust Visiting Professor Speaker Series, BB&T Speaker Series and annual FSU SunTrust Beach Conference. In addition to being active in a wide spectrum of scholarly research, faculty members maintain a reputation as being among the most well-respected teachers on campus, according to student evaluations and university commendations.

Contact Us
Department Chair: Dr. William Christiansen
MSF Program Director: Gary Smith
MBA Program Director: Dr. William Christiansen
Doctoral Program Director: Dr. David Peterson
Department Staff:  Sarah Cass

Office Location: RBA 311
Department Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 850-644-4220
Fax: 850-644-4225

Mailing Address:
College of Business
Department of Finance
821 Academic Way, RBA 311
P.O. Box 3061110
Tallahassee, FL  32306-1110


, 821 Academic Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110
Tel: 850-644-3090 Fax: 850-644-0915

Contact the Webmaster

Copyright © 2018, Florida State University - College of Business, All Rights Reserved. Accredited by AACSB International.