Department of Economics, Finance and Global Business

Jumpstart your career in economics, finance, and global business

The Department of Economics, Finance, and Global Business, in our AACSB-accredited Cotsakos College of Business, prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers in business or government, including banking and financial institutions, as well as to compete in diversified global markets and internationally oriented enterprises. Here are some key regional statistics for careers in these fields from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), PayScale,, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Economics, Finance, and Global Business (NACE)

Noteworthy Economics, Finance, and Global Business Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in New Jersey (, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Portfolio Manager $106,000 Financial Manager $214,670 Financial & Investment
$111,304 Business Data Analysis
$183,800 Senior Business Analyst $92,800 Budget Analyst $78,970 Insurance Underwriter $71,790
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in business employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Students in economics, finance, and global business study in small classes, taught by faculty with significant industry experience who are recognized experts in their fields. They also gain real-world experience through internships, mentoring, and other professional enrichment activities. Business students also benefit from the sophisticated resources in the Cotsakos College of Business, including the Financial Learning Center, an active trading room that brings the world financial markets to campus. For students looking to enter careers in investment advice or wealth management our financial planning degree program allows graduates to sit for the CFP® exam. Our students benefit from William Paterson University’s strong ties to professional organizations like the Financial Planning Association and numerous employers including brokerage firms and registered investment advisory firms.

What You'll Learn

In economics, finance, and global business, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Understanding the main tools of policies for markets and government.
  • Using data and statistical tools to carry out economics and financial projects.
  • Understanding the main instruments, rules, and strategies of the finance and financial planning.
  • Ability to assess the impact of the global environment (economic, financial, political, regulatory, technological, social, and cultural) on institutions, businesses, economies, and societies.

Key Skills for Careers in Economics, Finance, and Global Business

as indicated by Employer
and Alumni on LinkedIn


Data Analysis

Digital Fluency

Financial Forecasting

Financial Reporting


Strategic Planning

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021