The Illinois Department of Finance

At the forefront of new theoretical and technological developments, the University of Illinois Department of Finance is well positioned to prepare students for the challenges of modern financial markets. Financial economics serves as the integrating force for the curriculum, which includes investigations of such areas as financial management and investments, financial institutions and markets, insurance and risk management, and real estate. The Finance Department boasts an elite faculty with eight chairs or named professorships. The research productivity of the Department's faculty was recently ranked in the top 15 among all universities worldwide.

These accomplished faculty have developed the University of Illinois MSF Degree as an intensive, full-time finance program that can be completed in 12 months. The Program is among the longest running programs of its type in the world. The degree is aimed at producing finance professionals trained at a Master's level and planning to work in:

  • Investment management, security analysis and brokerage
  • Capital markets, trading and risk management
  • Corporate finance, venture capital and corporate restructuring
  • Investment banking
  • Commercial and retail banking
  • Real Estate finance and investment
  • Financial function of industrial, commercial and service organizations
  • Not for profit organizations such as central and regional banks, government departments and international organizations.
The MSF provides an innovative curriculum that builds a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance and introduces the emerging concepts, practices and technology necessary to successfully compete in the finance industry.

The Hallene Gateway is the east entry to the campus and features the stone portal from the entrance to the first University-built classroom building, University Hall.

The portal entrance apparently was kept behind the Architecture Building for a number of years and then seemingly disappeared from the campus until it was found at Robert Allerton Park in Monticello in 1994. University supporters and alumni donated the funds to construct the gateway plaza, which was dedicated in 1998.