About this Department

Finance – the art and science of managing money – is about making decisions that add value to corporations and individuals. As a discipline, finance also includes investment management for individuals and institutions, as well as the management of financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies.

Undergraduates may select concentrations in Finance or Financial Services. A Finance minor also is available. MBA students may choose to specialize in Global Finance. The C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center supports students' coursework. Bryant is a participant in the prestigious CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

Top students undertake a two-course program managing the Archway Investment Fund, a real-world portfolio of more than $2.9 million.

Our faculty

The department's faculty members disseminate knowledge through teaching, publications, conference presentations, and engagement with private and public organizations and groups. As dedicated teachers, they work closely with students in collaborative research, by supervising internships or advising them about graduate school and careers.

Concentration in Finance

Finance appeals to students with an analytical mind and quantitative orientation. Courses focus on corporate financial management, investments, and capital markets, and financial institutions. The globalization of business activities and the availability of capital from sources around the world are a major focus in all advanced finance courses.

Concentration in Financial Services

Over the past decade, financial services has emerged as a distinct field of study, with a focus on investments, financial institutions and markets, risk management and insurance, and individual taxation. Graduates are prepared for careers in retail securities brokerage, financial planning, real estate investment management, insurance, and financial institutions management.

Students present results of the Archway Investment Fund

Department Highlight

The student-run Archway Investment Fund provides Bryant University students with the opportunity to manage an investment portfolio following the principles used by financial professionals around the globe. With faculty guidance, students develop the skills and investment protocols to manage a portfolio of more than $2.9 million.

Financial Services Forum

The 2023 Financial Services Forum at Bryant University brought several alumni in the finance industry back to campus to share their experiences and expertise with students. The day-long program was the 17th annual event, and showcased an impressive lineup of panel discussions and conversations about trends and best practices in banking, finance, and financial services.

Robert Schunder '24 (left) led a fireside chat with Joe Fazzino '02, VP and Deputy CIO of Raytheon Technologies at Bryant University's 17th Annual Financial Services Forum.

C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center

We aim to provide finance education that is current with finance practice. Our C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center (FMC) provides an all-encompassing educational experience in which students are immersed in a state-of-the-art financial markets environment. Students can observe the flow of financial information in real-time, using real-world economic, financial, accounting and information technologies to solve problems and answer questions.

A Bryant University professor teaches in the C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center.

Inspired Faculty

Our esteemed faculty includes award-winning educators and mentors who have had success in the fields they teach and in research. They include a former senior financial economist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a former vice president of two banks, and a financial planner and wealth consultant in industry and private practice. Among them is:

Asli Ascioglu, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance

Bryant Professor Asli Ascioglu speaks to students.

Student Profiles

Odette Mansour ’24

Odette Mansour ’24

“I wanted a close-knit community that resembled my upbringing in Lebanon — a school that would support me in becoming a trailblazer in my profession. I chose Bryant because it felt like home from the day I stepped onto campus.”
Kylie Truong '23

Kylie Truong ’23

“I really feel like Bryant prepared me for the next chapter of my life. Bryant has given me the tools and resources I need to get internships at a professional level. As a student, I was able to complete three different internships at three different companies.”
Jake Williams '23

Jake Williams ’23

“We’re top ranked in business, top ranked in athletics, and in the top 1% for ROI, but we’re also so much more. Sometimes people call Bryant a hidden gem. I think it should be recognized as the gold standard for higher education.”

Where our students go

Graduates of Bryant's programs within the Finance Department go on to prestigious graduate schools and are in demand by business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Apple, Inc.
Boston College
Citizens Bank
Columbia University
Cornell University
Credit Suisse
Dell EMC
Fidelity Investments
Harvard University
John Hancock Investments
Liberty Mutual
Merrill Lynch
State Street
University of Chicago
Wake Forest University School of Law