Learn to speak the language of the business world at UCR! The field of finance will develop your analytical and decision-making strengths in the context of coursework that is central to financial management and investments.

Financial Management

The UCR School of Business offers at least three elective courses per year that cover the most important areas of financial management — topics like important financial policy and strategy decisions, corporate governance and control, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management are spread throughout the curriculum.


We also offer at least three elective courses per year that cover key topics related to investing and investment management — topics like investment decision-making, portfolio management, options and futures, and professional investment management are covered in the standard mix of courses.

Our world-class UCR finance faculty works with leaders in management science, as well as other schools and departments at UCR, to offer a set of courses that is appropriate for those of you who have the analytical background and quantitative orientation to pursue a sequence of courses that can prepare you for financial engineering.

Finance Pathways at UCR School of Business

BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance

Get a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Each concentration provides a wide selection of courses to choose from. Students must complete five courses from the finance concentration. See the concentration in finance study plan.

Bachelors of Science Program

Master of Finance

The Master of Finance curriculum provides you with the essential financial acumen needed to impact and lead financial management in a range of organizations at national and international levels. It builds skills in financial analysis for careers in corporate finance, investment banking and risk management. This is a STEM-Designated degree program.

Masters Program

MBA with a Concentration in Finance

Gain the unique skill sets that will set you apart as an expert in a particular business area by choosing one or two concentrations. The finance concentration requires five courses. Students may choose from a wide range of electives within the concentration. Courses can be selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor to meet individual educational and career goals.

MBA Program

Ph.D. with a Concentration in Finance

UCR’s doctoral program in finance provides students with a solid foundation in the theoretical and empirical tools of finance. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers that focus on research in asset pricing and corporate finance.

Ph.D. Program

Finance Associations

Hylander Financial Group  Students practice investment skills acquired in the classroom.

The CFA Society of Los Angeles (CFALA) Established in 1931, the CFA Society of Los Angeles ("The Society") is a network of investment management professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. The CFA Society of Los Angeles is a member society of CFA Institute.

  • Faculty in Finance

Finance Seminar Series

  • 2022 - 2023 Finance Seminar Series
    Date/Location Presenter Paper

    Friday, October 7, 2022
    Zoom, (time TBA)

    Fousseni Chabi-Yo | University of Massachusetts Amherst TBA
    Friday, October 28, 2022
    Zoom, (time TBA)
    Jun-Koo Kang | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore TBA
    Friday, December 2, 2022
    Zoom, (time TBA)
    Thummim Cho | London School of Economics 


    Friday, January 13, 2023
    Zoom, (time TBA)
    Reena Aggarwal | Georgetown University TBA

    Most meetings will be held on Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please contact Finance seminar coordinator Mike Dong.

  • 2019 - 2020 Finance Seminar Series
    Date/Location Presenter Paper
    April 17, 2020 Reena Aggarwal TBA
    April 3, 2020 Jun-Koo Kang TBA
    March 13, 2020 Ingrid Werner TBA
    February 21, 2020 Yashar Barardehi TBA
    January 24, 2020 Zhi Da TBA
    November 8, 2019 Justin Birru TBA
    October 11, 2019 Ivalina Kalcheva The Repercussions of Two SEC Rules for Mutual Fund Investors: Evidence from Share Class Flows
    October 4, 2019 Finance PhD papers  
    September 27, 2019 Sahn-Wook Huh Technology Competition and Informed Trading: Evidence from Weekly Patent Announcements


  • 2018 - 2019 Finance Seminar Series
    Date/Location Presenter Paper
    May 17, 2019 Juhani Linnainmaa Factor Momentum and the Momentum Factor
    May 10 2019 Alexander Barinov  Firm Complexity and Post Earnings Announcement Drift
    April 12, 2019 Joey Engelburg Are Cross-Sectional Predictors Good Market-Level Predictors?
    March 15, 2019 Natasha Burns CEO Turnover: Cross-Country Effects
    March 1, 2019 Jinfei Sheng Asset Pricing in the Information Age: Employee Expectations and Stock Returns
    November 9, 2018 He Li Vertical Integration to Mitigate Internal Capital Market Inefficiencies: Theory and Evidence
    October 15, 2018 Giorgo Sertsios The Going Public Decision of Business Group Firms
    October 19, 2018 Michael Hertzel Speed Matters: Limited Attention and Supply-Chain Information Diffusion


Citrus Finance Conferences

Finance Conference
  • 2020 Citrus Finance Conference

    April 24, 2020 9 AM – 7 PM Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Dr., Riverside, CA 92506
    Topic: TBA

  • 2019 Citrus Finance Conference
    International Asset Pricing

    May 3, 2019,  9 AM – 7 PM Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Dr., Riverside, CA 92506

    Jules H. van Binsbergen, University of Pennsylvania, “Risk Free Interest Rates” 

    Discussant: Zhongjin Lu, University of Georgia 

    Charles Trzcinka, Indiana University, “Discretionary Trading Halts and Patient Investors” 

    Discussant: Christopher Schwarz, UC Irvine (20 min) 

    Mike Dong, UC Riverside, “Global Anomalies” 

    Sheridan Titman, The University of Texas at Austin, “A Dynamic Model of Characteristic-Based Return Predictability” 

    Discussant: Mete Kilic, University of Southern California 

    Robert J. Hodrick, Columbia University, “Taking the Cochrane-Piazzesi Term Structure Model Out of 

    Sample: More Data, Additional Currencies, and FX Implications” 

    Discussant: Nina Karnaukh, The Ohio State University

  • 2018 Citrus Finance Conference

    Empirical Asset Pricing

    May 4, 2018,  9 AM – 7 PM Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Dr., Riverside, CA 92506


    Xiaoyan Zhang, Purdue University, “Tracking Retail Investor Activity”

    Discussant: Bernard Herskovic, UCLA 

    Kewei Hou, Ohio State University, The Economics of Value Investing

    Discussant: Robert Ready, University of Oregon

    Alexander Barinov, UC Riverside, “Firm Complexity and Conglomerates Expected Returns”

    Jeffrey Pontiff, Boston College, Analysts and Anomalies

    Discussant: David Yang, UC Irvine (20 min)

    Wayne Ferson, USC, Holdings‐based Fund Performance Measures: Estimation and Inference

    Discussant: Scott Cederburg, University of Arizona (20 min)