Department of Finance

Siena’s Department of Finance will provide you with the skills you need to make and implement sound financial decisions and to guide companies and individuals in the financial decision-making process.

Our curriculum is designed to develop your ability to identify financial problems, analyze their impact, and design solutions that will withstand critical examination. As a finance major, you will receive the foundation necessary to become a well-rounded, ethical, and innovative thinker.

The advantages of majoring in finance at Siena:

As a finance major at Siena, you’ll get a strong liberal arts education as well as rigorous accounting and finance coursework and highly specialized electives. Our Hickey Financial Technology Center is a major part of our finance program, providing you with access to and experience with real-world situations you will encounter in your finance career.

What can you do with a major in finance?

Siena’s finance majors are well positioned for graduate school and a wide range of careers, including:

  • Corporate Finance (financial analysis and reporting, corporate financial and tax planning, credit management, general accounting and auditing, cash control and risk management, and capital budgeting)
  • Securities (securities and portfolio analysis, securities brokerage, pension fund management, investor relations, portfolio management, and hedge fund management)
  • Banking and Financial Institutions (bank management and control, lending, marketing, credit policy, financial analysis, trusts, customer service)
  • Real Estate and Insurance (corporate and retail risk management, mortgage analysis, underwriting, appraisal, and insurance brokerage)

The Hickey Financial Technology Center

Siena’s Hickey Financial Technology Center (HFTC) supplements your classroom learning with hands-on activities that give you practical finance and accounting experience. At HFTC, we simulate real and fictitious stocks and bonds, assigning projects that teach you real-world skills necessary for success in the finance industry.

Department Chair

Jim Murtagh

James P. Murtagh

Associate Professor of Finance

216 Colbeth Hall

(518) 782‑6776

Saint Spotlight

Remy Fields

Class of 2015

Finance Major

Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.


“During my college search, Siena helped me understand what my major, classes, professors, and classmates would be like. It made me very comfortable,” says Remy. “Other schools I visited didn’t do that."