The Finance Major
The Managerial Finance Option
The Managerial Finance Option should be selected by finance majors interested in obtaining the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) designation. This certification is jointly sponsored by the Financial Management Association and the Institute of Management Accountants. Eastern’s Managerial Finance program is one of the few programs nationwide aimed at preparing students for the CFM examination. It combines four advanced courses in managerial accounting with four advanced courses in managerial finance to prepare students for positions in managing financial assets and liabilities.
Career Possibilities in Managerial Finance
Demand for business graduates with the CFM certification is strong and growing both nationwide and in the Bluegrass region. Entry level positions are typically in cash, financial securities, and business debt management. Career paths lead to upper level management. For more information about the CFM designation, visit the Institute of Management Accountants website at www.imanet.org.
The Financial Planning Option
The Financial Planning Option provides a broad education in finance. Courses include investments, portfolio theory, and advanced financial institutions in addition to advanced managerial finance and global financial management. This option prepares students for financial institutions management and financial investments management.
Career Possibilities in Financial Planning
Students graduating with a degree in Financial Planning are employed in diverse fields such as financial security brokerage, bank management, credit counseling, securities analysis, investment banking, and corporate management.
Finance majors are encouraged to join EKU’s student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA). Open to all students with an interest in finance, FMA provides opportunities for professional interaction among academics, practitioners and students while promoting the development and understanding of basic and applied research of sound financial practices. Activities include Mock Investment Club, field trips, guest speakers and social functions. For more information about the FMA, visit their web site at www.fma.org or contact Dr. Denver Travis, faculty advisor.