Finance students manage real-money portfolios by making actual investment decisions in our high-tech trading room environment and learn all the business and finance fundamentals required for employment at corporations, banks, investment firms, insurance companies and government agencies.
Real-World Finance Training
Students majoring in Finance have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on training that prepares them to work as a financial analyst on Wall Street and other major financial centers across the globe. In the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE), a select group of students strategize and execute their own stock trades while managing four real-dollar portfolios in real time. The most recent addition to the funds under management in the CAFE is a portfolio focused on companies that emphasize ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. Each semester, the students also travel to the New York Stock Exchange and to global financial markets, such as Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and Shanghai.
Explore Finance at RWU
The Gabelli School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the world’s largest business education alliance. The designation guarantees we meet the highest standards, as only 5% of business schools worldwide have this elite accreditation.
In addition to the CAFE, the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Financial Services Center offers students the experience of working in a trading room with real-time data from financial markets around the world. Our center contains the most current technology available.
Our Bloomberg Technology Lab represents another example of RWU’s commitment to using the latest technology in business education. The lab provides expanded access to terminals for analysis and Bloomberg certification training: the gold standard for jobs on Wall Street and in financial services more generally.
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Success By The Numbers
Real World Opportunities
GSB students participate in internships giving them the skills and diverse experiences that are most desirable for employers and graduate school
GSB is among the 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International, the world’s largest and most elite business education alliance.
Placement of 2022 Graduates
Our GSB graduates consistently find success in employment or in graduate schools within 6 months of graduation.
Customize Your Studies
Our programs in the fast-growing areas of Business Analytics, Risk Management, and Sports Studies can complement any Business major. The Business Analytics minor teaches you how to make effective decisions using data analysis and data visualization, while our three-course Certificate in Risk Management focuses on how organizations protect themselves from a variety of risk challenges, including cyberattacks, natural disasters, and terrorism. The interdisciplinary Sports Studies minor helps students across various majors become well-versed in the issues of the sports world and prepares them for careers in this exciting and diverse industry.
Earn an MBA with Only One Extra Year
The accredited 4+1 Master of Business Administration program allows students to earn both the B.S. and MBA degrees in just 5 years. Designed for GSB undergraduates, this program provides a time- and cost-efficient way to earn your MBA in only one additional year rather than the traditional two-year MBA degree programs. The program includes strategic thinking, problem solving, data analytics, and leadership skills to thrive in a competitive business environment. A required internship and international study component provide practical, real-world experience, preparing you for a successful career anywhere in the global economy.
3+3 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor's Program
This accelerated program allows eligible students to complete their bachelor's and Juris Doctor J.D. degrees in six years instead of seven. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements.
Alumni Share Their Experiences
“The Center for Career and Professional Development was really beneficial for me. There are three platforms I want to highlight: Handshake, the Roger Connection, and LinkedIn — for finding RWU alumni. Getting to work in an accounting firm is very competitive. Having personal connections and a referral from an RWU alum gave me a leg up. I had two competitive offers ready for me to sign on before I finished RWU."
Michelle Desiata ’22
Financial Services Office (FSO) Business Consulting Staff at Ernst & Young in Boston, Mass.
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"A lot of people are looking for experience, and you can’t get experience unless you get a job or do an internship. The RWU Finance program offers both. CAFE replicates industry, so you get real-time, industry-like hands-on experience."
Carla Puchini '17
Associate at Goldman Sachs, New York, N.Y.
"Being involved on campus gave me the opportunity to meet different types of people and use different types of skills. From interacting with people while tutoring, to public speaking, to learning analytical skills within the CAFE, all of my experiences were very useful."
Asia Carter-Lamb '20
Associate Financial Analyst at Akamai Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.
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Intern at Prestigious Organizations
RWU Finance students gain real-world experience through a wide variety of internship opportunities. Often, these internships lead to full-time job offers. Most recently, our students intern and/or accepted positions at organizations including:
• Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW)
• Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
• Morgan Stanley
• Merrill Lynch
• Credit Suisse
• State Street
• ICE (Intercontinental Exchange)
• US Trust
• JP Morgan
• GAMCO Asset Management
• MJX Asset Management
• New York Stock Exchange
• Alliance Bernstein
• Goldman Sachs
Ways to Get Involved
Women in Business Club
The Women in Business club at RWU is an inclusive, supportive, and productive group of women and women-identified business students. As a member, you will benefit from a host of opportunities, including guest speaking sessions, networking, and experiential opportunities designed to support your personal and professional development as a future woman business leader. Through activities such as our Ignite conference, students are offered ways to network with fellow students and alumnae to learn best practices that apply to early career professionals.
Business Honors Fraternity
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Juniors and seniors in the top 10 percent of their respective classes are invited to join.
Interested in Business But Not Sure What Program to Choose?
No problem! We have plenty of resources to help you explore your options at the Gabelli School of Business before making a decision. Visit Undeclared Business for more.
To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.