About Finance Department

What makes the finance program at Drake distinctive?

  1. The CFA Institute's University Recognition Program
  2. The integration of Bloomberg terminals in student learning
  3. The opportunity for students to manage an equity portfolio, the Krause Challenge Fund
  4. Access to the strong financial service industry in Des Moines

The finance program at Drake is designed to provide students with knowledge of the major concepts and practices of financial management, while at the same time developing their analytical, decision-making and communication abilities. The finance major prepares students for careers in business and/or postgraduate work by educating them in the fundamental principles and practical applications of modern financial analysis by incorporating the use of Bloomberg terminals in the curriculum.

Drake is a member of the CFA Institute's University Recognition Program. Our undergraduate finance programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and place emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Our finance programs position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Finance. Also, finance students may pursue a joint or double major in other business areas including Accounting, Actuarial Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing.

Program Size

Approximately 270 students are enrolled in the major and two joint majors. Average class size is about 30 students.

Academic Preparation

Students majoring in finance should have a strong general high school preparation, including mathematics and quantitative reasoning.

October 24, 2017
Drake faculty of the College of Business and Public Administration awarded scholarships to five students to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam in 2018.
October 17, 2017