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Major and Minor

The University at Albany’s Interdisciplinary Major in Financial Market Regulation provides a unique program, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, preparing students for professional work in the field or further study in graduate and law school. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Financial Market Regulation introduces students to market regulation, complementing majors such as Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and Management, and Sociology. While the major and minor focus on financial market regulation, they provide knowledge applying to diverse areas in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Students in the interdisciplinary major or minor in Financial Market Regulation take a designated series of courses or appropriate substitutes approved by the Academic Program Advisor; the major has 37 credits of coursework and the minor has 22 credits. Students normally will be formally admitted to the major or minor at the end of their sophomore year after having taken the 200-level courses from the lists below. To be admitted to the major or minor, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.25. They also must have completed the 200-level courses in accounting, computer science, information technology, and regulatory policy (B Acc 211, I Csi 105 or I Csi201, I Inf 201, and R Pad 236), or appropriate approved substitutes, with an average of B or better. To be admitted to the minor, students must have completed the courses in accounting, computer science, and regulatory policy, or appropriate approved substitutes, with an average of B or better.

Graduate Program

Graduate and law students in the Institute for Financial Market Regulation will take a series of courses in business and finance, law and public policy, and information management and data analysis consistent with the student’s graduate degree programs at Albany Law School and the University at Albany and meeting the goals of the program.

The University at Albany now offers a wide range of graduate courses in finance, computer science, information technology, and public policy and law, including courses focusing specifically on financial markets. These include Fundamentals of Securities Law, Regulation of Securities Markets, and Administrative Law (Rockefeller College), and Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Securities Markets and Financial Institutions, and Financial Statement Fraud and Corporate Governance (School of Business). Other selected graduate courses in the College of Computing and Information, School of Business, and the Rockefeller College now are including components focusing on financial market issues.

Albany Law School offers numerous courses related to financial market regulation and supervision, including specialized courses in Securities Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Finance, Administrative Law, and Accounting for Lawyers. Furthermore, Albany Law School and the University at Albany currently offer joint degree programs; thus, graduate and law students will be able to take courses from both institutions in designing a series of courses preparing them for work in financial market regulation and supervision.

As in the undergraduate major and minor, graduate students are encouraged to seek internships in regulatory organizations or financial or law firms during their studies. Faculty and staff from the University at Albany and Albany Law School work with graduate students to prepare them for these selection processes.