Finance Major

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Finance professionals are in high demand in a huge range of industries. A graduate with a degree in Finance can look forward to an excellent starting salary with a career as a financial analyst, financial advisor, wealth manager, investment banker, research analyst, or financial manager in organizations of all types.

Why Study Finance at Champlain College?

Using a hands-on, work-based approach to education, our Finance program provides you with strong financial expertise merged with innovative management skills. 

In addition to gaining professional finance knowledge, you will develop analytical, communication, problem-solving, critical-thinking, decision-making, and spreadsheet skills. Our cutting-edge curriculum will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of financial tools and best practices for immediate employment in high-demand careers in finance and to apply throughout your life.

Whether you find a passion for investment management on Wall Street, corporate finance on Main Street, or the diverse opportunities the global economy offers, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business's Finance degree will prepare you to excel in this competitive field.

Academic Experience

In our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll start your Finance classes in your first semester and continue your major studies through all four years of college. Our multifaceted program will teach you the skills necessary for accounting, portfolio management, financial analysis, and quantitative methods, and enable you to further address your own interests, current trends, and specific employer needs. 

You and your peers will work with real clients on actual cases, using the data used by financial professionals. You'll gain additional practical experience through paid internships, peer-tutoring positions, and competitions that will further develop your finance savvy.

Your classes in the Stiller School will never be in a giant lecture hall. Our small class sizes make for deeper discussions and more engaging projects. You'll have ample opportunity for one-on-one interactions and mentorship from your Finance professors, who bring their real-world knowledge into the classroom.

CFA University Affiliate Program*

Champlain's Finance major is the only one in Vermont recognized as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliated program. The CFA designation is the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world, and is often called the gold standard for the investment management industry.

As a CFA Affiliated University, our Finance program prepares you well for the CFA exams. This affiliation allows you to be eligible for certain scholarships and provides access to numerous educational resources.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Gain hands-on experience by managing a portion of the College's endowment with guidance from faculty members and industry professionals. You will weigh factors that affect stock choice, select stocks, consider which assets will perform the best, and evaluate performance on risk and return.

"My leadership, presentation, and teamwork skills have continued to strengthen over the past couple months from these opportunities. This experience will help me to apply my analytical skills and business acumen to be successful in the financial services industry."
— former Finance student on the benefits of the Student Managed Investment Fund

Opportunity to Intern in Asia

Since 2013, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business has received a prestigious annual grant from the Freeman Foundation, allowing students to travel to countries in Asia to participate in summer internships. Primary destinations include Kyoto, Japan, and Shanghai, China.

Our students have a unique chance to gain international work experience—while learning about another culture and practicing another language—with little out-of-pocket expense. 

*CFA and Chartered Financial Analyst are registered trademarks owned by the CFA Institute.

CFA Affiliate



Annual median salary for financial analysts and examiners in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Job growth for financial examiners expected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2020 - 2030.


Percent of Class 2021 Finance graduates either employed or pursuing education within 6 months of graduation.

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