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The department of finance at San Diego State University offers undergraduate degree
programs in the areas of finance, financial services and real estate. Graduate students
can earn MBAs with specialization in finance, as well as an MSBA in financial and
tax planning. Career opportunities for finance graduates include positions with business
and nonprofit organizations in financial management, protection of assets, client
services, evaluation and selection of securities for investment portfolios and loan
management, financial and estate planning along with wealth management, and real estate
services, development and property management.
Finance graduates' career opportunities are quite diverse but include positions with business
corporations and nonprofit organizations with responsibilities in financial management,
administration of funds, protection of assets, tax administration, and investor relations;
brokerages and investment companies with responsibilities in counseling clients, marketing
financial services, evaluating and selection of securities for investment portfolios;
and financial institutions with responsibilities in loan production, marketing financial
services, and building client relations.
Financial services graduates pursue careers with financial services companies or as sole proprietors.
Financial services professionals have a variety of responsibilities, including financial
management, personal financial planning, and sales. This track is the most appropriate
for those seeking the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Real estate graduates pursue careers with mortgage, property management, real estate appraisal,
brokerage, leasing, and real estate development companies. In addition, opportunities
exist within financial services firms in real-estate-related activities. Responsibilities
include decision making involving real estate and land market analysis.