Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Academic Programs - Finance, Real Estate and Insurance and Risk Management

The Department of Finance contributes to UC's strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Follow the links below for complete details on the programs.


At the Undergraduate level, the Department supports majors in Finance, Real Estate and Insurance and Risk Management. 

The Finance Major consists of a core set of courses that provides students with the fundamental skills and the strategic mindset required for all career paths in finance.  In addition, the major provides students the opportunity to specialize in specific career paths, including investment banking, commercial banking and financial institutions, investments, and corporate finance.

The Finance Department has recently developed a new, exclusive track designed for high achievers with an interest in developing a deep knowledge of Finance.  We call this track the Analytic Finance Academy.  At its core, the Academy is a set of three required undergraduate Finance courses open only to Academy students followed by any three Masters-level Finance electives.  Around this core of six courses our vision is to build a close-knit cohort of students with access to great professional development and career opportunities.

The Undergraduate Insurance and Risk Management Major and Minor is designed to equip students for productive careers focused on managing risks, both within enterprises (as a user of risk management techniques) or within the insurance industry (as a supplier of risk management products and services).  To that end, the courses in the major and minor strike a balance between providing a general risk management framework and providing specific insights into the insurance industry.

The Real Estate Major provides the student with core skills for analyzing real estate investment opportunities from the point of view of the individual, portfolio and strategic investor groups.  The major is designed to help students who want a career in commercial real estate, the public sector, or with non-profits such as pension funds.

The Department also offers courses that count toward the International Business Major.



The Masters of Science in Finance program at the Lindner College of Business is designed to give you the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today’s global financial markets. The program features a pioneering curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation in all areas of finance, while allowing considerable flexibility so that you can tailor your course work to your interests and career plans.

The newly revised curriculum provides tracks in General Finance, Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Financial Planning, and Risk Management.

The MS-Finance program is comprised of four main components: the core, focus area, electives and the capstone. The program can be completed in as little as two semesters of full-time study or five (5) semesters as a part-time student.


The MBA program includes vital core courses in financial analysis and management as well as the opportunity to concentrate in finance by taking advanced finance elective courses.

Both MBA core and elective courses can also be used to satisfy requirements in many of the MS programs at the College of Business.             





The Finance PhD program is dedicated to developing tomorrow's scholars via a sequence of highly structured graduate coursework.  The program begins by developing basic research skills from the tools of economics, statistics, and mathematics.  Building on this foundation, the program offers seminars covering all the major areas of financial economics including the microeconomic foundations of finance, corporate finance, asset pricing, financial contracting, market microstructure, real estate, and financial intermediation.  In addition to coursework, in order to prepare Ph.D. students for successful job searches and academic research careers, the Ph.D. curriculum is geared toward having students conduct original research throughout the program through participation in departmental research seminars, independent and faculty-directed research papers, and formal and informal faculty and peer mentoring.