Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
The Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR) at the University of Memphis is one of six departments within the Fogelman College of Business & Economics which is the only business college in the Memphis area fully accredited by the prestigious AACSB. The UM Finance degree is also nationally and internationally recognized by the CFA Institute and the CFP Board as fulfilling their respective educational requirements through the specified set of approved courses, to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exams. Finance and Real Estate concentration are available on campus, as well as online.
Finance majors study the theory, structure and techniques for making decisions in the financial environment. These decisions include the acquisition of funds by business firms, and the capital budgeting decisions that utilize these funds. Finance also includes the applied areas of investment analysis, investment banking, trading market microstructure, commercial banking and financial institutions management, international finance, and real estate.
Finance majors also have the ability to participate in several inter-university competitions including the widely renowned Southeastern Hedge Fund Competition which includes an impressive list of competing institutions. In 2017, The University of Memphis was awarded first place in the world and a cash reward of $10,000 and second place in 2022 with a cash reward of $5,000.
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Careers in finance, insurance and real estate (FIR) offer lucrative earning potential in a field that expects continued growth. Holding a degree in finance makes you adaptable to every industry, because the crux of any business is financial return for all stakeholders. Companies (including not-forprofit and profit-with-purpose sectors) rely on financial professionals to manage corporate assets and attract capital investment.