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Darla Moore School of Business

Finance Scholars Program

Through advanced and specialized course work, data source instruction, live case studies with industry partners, career management training and alumni networking, the Finance Scholars program prepares its undergraduate students for high-trajectory finance careers.

Key Features

  • Three-day Boot Camp covering Excel, Bloomberg, CapIQ, and problem solving in January prior to the start of regular classes.
  • Separate, advanced sections of the required courses for finance majors: Corporate Finance (FINA 365), Investments (FINA 469), and Financial Statement Analysis (FINA 470), which emphasize case analysis.
  • Series of 1-credit hour finance practicum courses; previous practicum courses covered Valuation, Investment analysis using R, Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation, and a discussion course on current issues in finance.
  • Preferred access to the Student Managed Investment Fund course (FINA472)

Who Should Apply?

The Carolina Finance Scholars Program admits about 30 students each year for the Finance Scholars program. The program is rigorous and challenging. Undergraduate students with the interest, ambition and drive to pursue high-trajectory finance positions are strongly encouraged to apply. The application process is highly competitive. The application process occurs in the second half of the fall semester and involves a resume, a statement of interest, and interviews with faculty, current Finance Scholars, and alumni.

Tentative Program for Students Beginning Spring 2025

Prior to beginning of semester

Entire semester
FINA 365

First 7 weeks
Practicum 1: Overview of Capital Markets

Second 7 weeks
Practicum 2: Valuation

Ideally an internship and very active networking

Entire semester
FINA 469 and FINA 470

First 7 weeks
Practicum 3: Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation

Second 7 weeks
Practicum 4: Investment Analysis using R

Entire semester
Study Abroad or at USC

Finance Internship

Second 7 weeks
Practicum 5: Current Issues in Finance


Deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2024

Only students who have completed FINA 363 by January 2025, and who plan to take all the courses needed for the finance major can apply.

To apply, email the following to

  1. Resume
  2. Statement (not to exceed one page) explaining why you should be admitted to the program
  3. Transcript

The Process after November 1

Finance faculty members will review the initial applications and select a group of applicants for an interview with faculty members and current finance scholar students. 

The feedback from the interview will be used to select a smaller group of students who will have a virtual interview with an alumnus.

The feedback from those interviews will be combined with all the other information, which will be used to select about 30 students to begin the program in January.  The final decisions will hopefully be made by December 16.

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