Contact Cathy Duffy, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Phone: (802) 865-8445
Whether your passion is for investment banking or investment management on Wall Street, corporate finance on Main Street or the diverse opportunities the global economy offers, the Stiller School of Business' Finance degree will prepare you to excel in this competitive field.
Our Finance program merges classic management skills with a strong financial skill set, rooted in a hands-on, work-based approach. 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 a comprehensive knowledge of financial tools and best practices for immediate employment in high-demand careers in finance and to apply throughout your life.
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. Our hands-on approach provides you an educational opportunity in which you and your peers will work with live clients-actual cases and data used by financial professionals. You will gain additional practical experience through paid internships, peer-tutoring positions, and competitions that will further develop your finance savvy.
You will gain hands-on experience when you manage a portion of the college's endowment with guidance of 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.
Learn from our Finance professors who have worked on Wall Street as investment bankers, research analysts and portfolio managers, and at operating companies as financial and general managers. Our faculty has advised clients in over 20 countries. See our Faculty.
In addition to developing your expertise in finance, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business not only prepares you exceptionally well but also gives you a four-year, cross-business education that answers the marketplace demand for business school graduates with demonstrable knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in all the disciplines that make up the field of business. Learn more about our Integrated Business Experience.
Your classes in the Stiller School will never be in a giant lecture hall. In the Finance program, your largest class size will be 24 students, and the professors you have in your first semester are the same professors who teach advanced and specialized classes. You'll have the opportunity for one-on-one interactions and mentorship from your Finance professors, who bring their real-world knowledge into the classroom.
Over the past 5 years, The Robert P. Stiller School of Business received a prestigious grant from the Freeman Foundation, allowing nearly 100 students to travel to Shanghai, China, and other countries in Asia, to complete a summer internship. This opportunity provided our students with the chance to gain both international and professional work experience, as well as valuable cultural and language skills—with little out of pocket expense. Learn more about the Freeman Foundation Grant.
Champlain's Finance major is 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 is closely tied to professional practice, providing students with a solid grounding in the CFA Program's Candidate Body of Knowledge and positioning them well to sit for CFA exams. This affiliation allows our Finance students to be eligible for scholarships and have access to CFA Institute curriculums, journals, webcasts and other educational resources.
Champlain College students competed in the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont, a stock research challenge in which student teams of three to five people analyzed a publicly traded company, are mentored by finance industry professionals, and then write a research report and present their report to a panel of industry experts and leaders. The Stiller School of Business team won the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont in February 2017, competed at the Americas Regional and gained valuable experience, knowledge and feedback from competing at this high level.
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