Students pursuing a finance degree will acquire both theoretical and practical financial skills. The undergraduate finance degree allows students to choose between different tracks depending upon an individual's interests. We offer three separate tracks: Corporate, Investments, and Personal Finance. Students can enter the private industry upon graduation or get an early start on their graduate degrees. Students can apply to the Master Business Administration with a finance concentration through our early access program during their senior year as an undergraduate student. This combined 5-year program allows finance students aspiring to become Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree while also preparing for the CFA exam.
The Finance Department at the Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliated Program. Our curriculum covers a significant (70%) portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). There are only 245 U.S. schools that have CFA University Affiliated Programs.
We offer several experiential learning opportunities, which include Personal Finance Competition, CFA Competition, and a Student Managed Fund. Our students currently manage a diversified stock portfolio of over $130,000.
Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to earn course credit while gaining practical experience through internships. Lindenwood faculty, advisors, and career center staff activity provide opportunities for students to interact and meet with potential employers. Student organizations further enhance these networking opportunities. Finally, the PCB&E offers students the chance to explore the world while also completing their coursework through short-term study abroad trips.
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CFA Student Research Challenge Competition
Work with the St. Louis CFA Society to support student teams in the annual CFA Research Challenge Competition in which students from universities in the local region analyze and make a recommendation on a publicly listed company stock. Students are able to network with industry mentors and submit a research report and make an oral presentation to investment practitioners.
Dr. Gaurango Banerjee
Gaurango Banerjee is a Professor of Finance. He received a bachelor's of engineering and economics in the dual degree program at BITS Pilani, India. Subsequently, he completed a master's and doctorate program in the finance and economics department at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. After completing his doctoral program, Dr. Banerjee taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville for 14 years before joining Lindenwood University in 2013. During his tenure at the University of Texas, he completed the requirements for the Chartered Financial Analyst program and received the CFA designation. He has served as a faculty advisor for the CFA Research Challenge Student team at Lindenwood University.
Dr. Banerjee has published his research in over 15 peer reviewed journals in his field and his current research interests lie in bank risk management and corporate governance issues. He has taught a wide variety of courses including corporate finance, investments, seminar in finance, derivatives, and fixed income securities at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Dr. Javeria Farooqi
Javeria Farooqi received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The University of Texas Pan-American. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including UTPA Excellence, International Women’s Board, VIP Star Scholarships, and Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship.
She has presented her research at both national and international conferences, including 33rd Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Southern Finance Association, and Academy of Economic and Finance. In addition, Dr. Farooqi has published her research in Journal of Investing, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Quarterly Review of Economics, Journal of Economics and Finance, Review of Accounting and Finance, and International Journal of Accounting.
Currently, she is the department chair of finance and teaches finance, both graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Farooqi also co-teaches Investment Application (Student managed portfolio of $100,000) which she established through the generous donation made by Lindenwood Universities Board of Trustees.
Dr. John Loughlin
John Loughlin is an Associate Professor of Finance and has taught at Lindenwood since 2010. Dr. Loughlin has a BS in Business Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with major emphasis in Finance and minor emphasis in International Business from St. Louis University.
Dr. Loughlin is a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Missouri and has been practicing since 1990. He is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of Hope Education and Research Center.
Dr. Robert Rodermund
Robert Rodermund is an Associate Professor of Finance. Prior to his academic career, he was an executive at a large, independent financial services firm. He holds a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis, an MSCFE from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a PhD in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University. His research interests include time perspective, risk tolerance, and net worth.
Dr. Rodermund was born and raised in California, but has lived in Missouri for over 25 years. He loves cars, history, and traveling.