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The Department of Finance and Economics offers three degrees that provide the foundation you need to prepare for a career in finance, securities, real estate, law, and beyond, including a BA with a major in economics, a BBA with a major in finance or economics, and a minor in international business. Extend your classroom learning in our state-of-the-art T. Paul Bulmahn Research and Trading Lab, and join of our four student organizations, such as our 2018 Future of Energy Challenge-winning Net Impact Team, for even more opportunities for real-world applications of the skills you need to become a leader in finance and economics here in Central Texas or around the world.

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Programs that fit your goals

At McCoy College you’ll be challenged academically, but we don’t learn in a vacuum. We believe in connecting what you learn here to the world beyond college. You'll gain experience and knowledge to apply classroom discoveries to meet real-world challenges.

Recent News

McCoy College of Business to launch new graduate program fall 2020 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Economics

April 8

CFA Trophy

CFA team recently competed in Southwest US Research Challenge and won the first place trophy. Mentored by Dr. Janet Payne. 

March 1

The Department of Finance and Economics wants to send out a big congratulations to our Texas State University SMIF team, mentored by Dr.Toles. They recently competed in the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) competition and walked away with the 1st place trophy in the Fixed Income Division. 

April 14

Upcoming Events

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Location:
Zoom Webinar, registration required
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Alexis Stokes
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
McCoy College of Business
as44@txstate.edu
512.245.6371
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business
» FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 
The McCoy Conversations series offers topical webinars for the business community to bridge academic and industry perspectives.
 
Join the McCoy College of Business and industry experts for a retrospective on the long-term ramifications of Enron's fraud and 2001 collapse. The conversation will examine accounting, regulatory, ethical, and business management perspectives as we ask: What happened? What have we learned? How has the business world changed? What can we expect moving forward?
 
Sherron Watkins | Panelist
Executive in Residence at McCoy College of Business, Texas State University
An internationally recognized leadership and ethics advocate, Sherron Watkins is perhaps best known for her work as Vice President of Corporate Development at Enron. She was the "whistleblower" who first notified Enron leadership, and ultimately the U.S. government, about her suspicion of accounting irregularities. Watkins currently serves as Executive in Residence at McCoy College of Business, where she counsels students and faculty on behavioral ethics, whistleblowing, corporate governance, and corporate culture. She earned her B.B.A. in accounting and business honors and her master's degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Michol Ecklund | Panelist
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Callon Petroleum
Prior to joining Callon in November 2017, Michol Ecklund was Deputy General Counsel for Operations & Commercial Law at Marathon Oil Company, where she oversaw the legal team for global operations, acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate communications. Prior to Marathon Oil, she practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Houston. Ecklund earned a B.A. from Rice University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
 
Dr. Nate Cannon | Panelist
Scott Emerson Professor in Business Administration and Associate Professor of Accounting at McCoy College of Business, Texas State University
A prolific scholar and endowed professor, Dr. Nate Cannon studies auditing and financial reporting, with foci on auditor judgment and decision-making and audit policy. Dr. Cannon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Bentley University. He previously worked for KPMG.
 
Dr. Stephanie Solansky | Panelist
Associate Professor of Management at McCoy College of Business, Texas State University
Dr. Stephanie Solansky serves as the Business Communication and Professional Development coordinator for the McCoy College of Business. She is a frequent consultant, keynote speaker, panelist, and author in the areas of leadership development, change management, and business ethics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
Evan Smith | Moderator
CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 23 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine's editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.
 
Dr. Sanjay Ramchander | Host
Dean of McCoy College of Business, Texas State University
Dr. Sanjay Ramchander became Dean of the McCoy College of Business in August 2020. He is a professor of finance and holds the Darren Casey Endowed Professorship in Business. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce from Nizam College, Osmania University, his MBA from Saint Louis University, and his DBA in finance from Cleveland State University.
 
Dr. Alexis Stokes | Host
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at McCoy College of Business, Texas State University
In her role as associate dean, Dr. Alexis Stokes facilities faculty policies, professional development, research programs, global engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Dr. Stokes earned her B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Managerial Studies from Rice University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Janet Hale
McCoy College of Business
jh29@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Net Impact and McCoy College of Business
This roundtable event will feature community leaders with discussion focused on Texas State's 2021-2022 Common Experience theme of Compassion. Speakers:
  • Phyllis Snodgrass, Habitat for Humanity
  • Judge Deborah Wigington, Comal County Court at Law #3
  • Major Robert Webb, Salvation Army, San Antonio
No registration required.
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Location:
Zoom | email gailzank@txstate.edu for link
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Gail Zank
Department of Marketing
gailzank@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Master of Science in Marketing Research and Analysis (MSMRA) Program
Wondering if graduate school is right for you?
Interested in developing your career in market research and analytics? 
Come learn about the Master of Science in Marketing Research and Analysis (MSMRA) program and how to apply! 

Email Dr. Gail Zank for Zoom session information.
Click here for more information
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Location:
Minifie Atrium (McCoy Hall 434); Minifie Atrium (4th Floor, Room 434)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nina Camacho
McCoy College of Business, Office of the Dean
nmc103@txstate.edu
512.245.2311
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business
McCoy College of Business will host a welcome and networking reception for its first-generation students, faculty, and staff on Friday, October 22, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Minifie Atrium (McCoy Hall 434).
 
» Register for FREE

The event will feature:
  • Welcome from the McCoy College Dean’s Office
  • McCoy College faculty, staff, and upperclassmen sharing their first-gen experiences
  • Student mentoring connections
  • Opportunities to meet student organizations and affinity group leaders
  • Networking with other first-gen students, faculty, and staff
  • Light refreshments, photo booth, giveaway items, and door prizes!
All McCoy College first-gen students are welcome to attend this free event, but advance registration is requested via the form linked above.
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Location:
Frost Conference Room, McCoy Hall 430; 430
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelly Laxson
Department of Accounting
acccounting@txstate.edu
512.245.2566
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Accounting
The Texas Public Accountancy Act provides for the establishment and maintenance of a scholarship program for fifth-year accounting students. The program is funded by Texas CPAs who contribute $10 annually to the scholarship program through their license renewal.
 
The purpose of the Fifth-Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students intending to take the CPA examination as Texas applicants.
 
Join us for more details about the scholarship process!
 
Free Registration
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Location:
Zoom | email gailzank@txstate.edu for link
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Gail Zank
Department of Marketing
gailzank@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Master of Science in Marketing Research and Analysis (MSMRA) Program
Wondering if graduate school is right for you?
Interested in developing your career in market research and analytics? 
Come learn about the Master of Science in Marketing Research and Analysis (MSMRA) program and how to apply! 

Email Dr. Gail Zank for Zoom session information.
Click here for more information
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Location:
Zoom | email jpayne@txstate.edu for link
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Janet Payne
Department of Finance and Economics
jpayne@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Master of Science in in Quantitative Finance and Economics (MSQFE) Program
Wondering if graduate school is right for you?
Interested in developing your career in quantitative finance and economics? 
Come learn about the Master of Science in  in Quantitative Finance and Economics (MSQFE) program and how to apply! 

Email Dr. Janet Payne for Zoom session information.
Click here for more information
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Location:
Online Only; Zoom meeting ID: 437 338 7920
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Matt Painter
mpainter@txstate.edu
512-245-6398
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business Graduate Programs
Join us for an overview and discussion of the McCoy MBA program options at Texas State University. This session will be hosted via Zoom so you can attend from anywhere with an internet connection, either on your phone or laptop.

Our MBA Information Sessions offer you the chance to learn about both the Full-Time Cohort and Flex MBA options at Texas State University. Hosted by our MBA Program Director, Matt Painter, attendees will learn about the program curriculum, career path options, financial aid, study abroad, professional development opportunities, internships and the application process.

The Zoom meeting ID is 437 338 7920. Additional information about the meeting will be emailed the morning of the event. RSVP is required.

If you have been thinking about a graduate degree and need to get the ball rolling, this is your chance. We look forward to meeting you!
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