School of Finance
The School of Finance offers tutoring services for select BA and FIN courses. See the Tutoring Services page for more information.
The First Financial Services Center was created in 2001 through the generous support of the Citigroup/Primerica Foundation and later named for The First Bancshares, Inc. when the College of Business & Economic Development moved into Scianna Hall. Located on the second floor, its role is to prepare students for careers in the financial services industry by providing current industry standard software that facilitates an active learning environment.
Students are able to use the lab resources to screen and analyze firms for investment potential and generate reports from these evaluations. Other center activities include facilitating interaction between students and prospective employers and hosting pertinent research presentations by Southern Miss and other guest faculty members. As a research center, the center also provides information beneficial to the financial services industry. The center houses a student trading room, providing real-time access to current financial information, economic forecasts and industry research.
After graduating with a finance degree, you will have to opportunity to obtain certifications that will distinguish you from your peers and help you land your dream job. Listed below are various certifications within the financial services industry that are sought out by individuals and institutions across the world.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
- Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)*
- Financial Planning and Analysis Professional (FP&A)
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
- Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
- Certified Property Manager (CPM)
*USM is a participating member of the Corporate Treasury Management Program.
The Testing Center, located on the second floor of Scianna Hall, provides ample space for online testing for business classes offered by the College of Business and Economic Development. Visit the Testing Center website to find out what you should know before arriving.