The Puelicher Center for Banking Education at the Wisconsin School of Business was specifically endowed to promote the education of future leaders in the banking industry, as well as to conduct research on the micro and macro foundations of the banking industry. Research and resources are shared with the national and international banking community through conferences, publications, and other educational events.

The three pillars of the Puelicher Center are:

  • A comprehensive curriculum to prepare undergraduates for a career in commercial and investment banking
  • Relevant and timely research on banking practices and on banking industry structure, stability, and performance
  • Strategic partnerships with both the academic and practitioner communities in the financial intermediation sector

BBA in Finance, Investment, and Banking

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Undergraduates benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in commercial banking, bank credit analysis, investment banking, corporate finance, investments, derivatives, fixed income, quantitative risk management methods, real estate, accounting, and insurance.

In a capstone course, students play a bank simulation game where they gain experience managing a bank and learn the basics of bank merger and acquisition activities as they learn the roles of sharks, targets, and raiders in the ever-expanding market for corporate control. For specific course requirements see the University Guide.

The Puelicher Center provides scholarships for undergraduate students interested in the financial service industry, as well as assistance with internships and placement at local and regional financial institutions.

Path-breaking Research

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Led by Puelicher Center Research Director Dean Corbae, the Center has sponsored research on topics ranging from foreclosure in the banking crisis, to the economics of credit scoring models, to banking industry structure, stability, and efficiency.

Strategic Partnerships and Applied Learning

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The Center co-sponsors an annual conference with the National Bureau of Economic Research on topical banking issues. Topics have included the Economics of the FinTech Industry and Financial Market Regulation.

The Center partners with the Wisconsin Bankers Association and the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison on programs for banking practitioners and programs that help students understand careers in banking. The Center also hosts research directors of several Federal Reserve Banks each spring to teach the MBA macroeconomics class which lends relevance and currency to the classroom.

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About Us

A Hub for Banking Research and Resources

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Legacy

Three Generations of Banking Excellence

William Hsu (BBA '00)
“My education at the Wisconsin School of Business has helped me immensely at every step in my career. In addition to learning financial analysis, the interactions I had with the faculty and staff prepared me to evaluate opportunities and come up with the optimal strategy.”

—William Hsu (BBA ’00)
President, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc.

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