To understand where the financial industry is going, professionals must be well versed in technology, which continues to revolutionize the field. That’s why a Stevens finance major is so valuable — in addition to traditional courses in economics and corporate finance, students get hands-on with the technology that’s guiding investment and risk strategy. Students seeking certification as financial analysts, planners or risk managers will benefit from a curriculum that prepares students to obtain these designations. Courses make generous use of the state-of-the-art Hanlon Financial Systems Lab, with access to the tools most familiar to traders across the river, and those Wall Street firms — such as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase — come to campus to hire our students as interns and employees.
Technology has opened a window into consumer behavior and purchasing trends that represents unmatched potential for companies — but only if they understand how to interpret the data to craft the kind of message that will resonate with customers. The Stevens marketing major puts the most advanced technological tools to use in the classroom, giving students the social network and new media training that’s at the heart of modern corporate marketing strategies.
Managers who can operate across a spectrum of disciplines are of increasing value in a workplace that’s constantly being moved and shaped by technology. That’s what makes the Stevens management major so distinct. The focus here is on flexibility: Students tailor their course requirements to their professional interests, getting exposure in entrepreneurship, strategic management, organizational behavior, operations management, corporate social responsibility and leadership.
QUANTITATIVE FINANCE (QF)
It’s rare to learn the kind of quantitative financial analysis that keeps Wall Street humming at the undergraduate level. Stevens pioneered the idea in 2009 by creating an undergraduate major in QF to prepare students for careers at hedge funds, exchanges or their own businesses in finance. Students are taught to apply scientific methods and techniques to transform financial markets through a curriculum that leans heavily on input from New York City financial firms and our state-of-the-art Hanlon Financial Systems Lab.
Information systems is one of the hottest areas in the job market right now, with employers struggling to find job candidates who understand analytics and can use technology to augment innovation. Those in this major graduate prepared to develop and commercialize technological innovations, owing to Stevens’ rigorous business core and the expertise in technology management students cultivate in the classroom. Students will graduate ready to work as software engineers, data architects, systems analysts and data scientists, and also are qualified to create and develop their own startup companies.
BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
Flexibility is at the heart of this major, the largest business major offered at Stevens. Students combine a rigorous business curriculum with technology coursework in engineering or another specialty outside the Howe School to create a concentration area tailored to their career aspirations.
A thorough understanding of how technology influences the study of economics prepares students in this major for careers in business, finance, banking, consulting, policy analysis, public administration and the law. This program focuses intensely on developing quantitative and analytic skills, giving students specialized training that’s applicable even in industries that are somewhat removed from economics, such as engineering and medicine. Classes emphasize international trade, global financial systems, labor markets and economic development.