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Practical. Challenging. Interesting. Fast-Paced. Rewarding. These are just a few of the words our students use to describe the Finance program at Drake. When you choose to attend Drake, you’re selecting an engaging program geared at preparing you for a successful career. You’ll gain hands-on experience and get to know your professors.

The Finance curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of the major concepts and practices of financial management, while at the same time helping to develop your analytical, decision-making, and communication abilities. This mix of technical financial knowledge and broad-based business acumen will make you a well-rounded and qualified employee in this competitive market.

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s a few comments from some of our graduated students:

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‌“I feel confident when speaking with employers that my experience through the Finance program has prepared me to intelligently discuss current financial topics and placed me above candidates from other schools.”—Cameron Christoff, Credit Processing Specialist at John Deere Financial


“My most memorable experience comes from being put through the grinder that is FIN 197. Having to think on my feet and field tough questions while presenting has caused me to grow as a person and critical thinker.”—Michael Vankat, Accounting Intern at Principal Financial Group

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"I worked in Uganda to create a microfinance loan program to help an entrepreneur. I was able to use the lessons I learned in class to help someone half a world away.”—Emily Raecker, Leadership Development Program Associate at Principal Financial Group

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“I think my most memorable course/experience … was taking my international finance course. On top of tying multiple financial topics together, I was able to see real-world, globally involved problems and apply my financial knowledge to them.”—Michael Peterson, Actuarial Analyst at Lincoln Financial Group

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"In FIN 190, I was part of the team that analyzed a portfolio of companies by looking at Free Cash Flows to come up with an intrinsic value. The best part of this was the decisions that we made mattered, in that it contributed to whether the portfolio did well or not (as real money was invested into it). I thoroughly enjoyed having one-on-one discussions with my professor on the industry as well as the process of coming up with my own valuation of the company.”—Russell Pang, Quantitative Analyst at Milliman