Finance is essential to business, and our MBA finance curriculum enhances the education you receive from our Full-Time MBA by addressing issues in the financial services and securities area, including topics related to high tech firms, large corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Whether you want to pursue a career in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and real estate capital markets, corporate finance or financial consulting, the faculty expertise in both foundational concepts and specialized areas will help you reach your goals. 

A focused MBA provides you with skills for building a career as a financial officer in a growing or established company, as an analyst in corporate development, investment management, investment banking and consulting, or as a generalist looking to be comfortable with extensive financial modeling and strategy.

MBA Finance First Year

  • MBAC 6060: Finance Core Course (required for all students) – Fall semester
  • MBAX 6210: Applied Financial Management (foundation for all subsequent finance electives) – Spring Semester

The suggestions for 2nd year electives provided below all presume you have taken Applied Financial Management in your 1st year.

Corporate Finance

The Corporate Finance focus is for students interested in pursuing finance careers in an established corporation. Opportunities might include corporate financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, cash flow management, and securities issuance decisions.

Elective courses:

  • MBAX 6200 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MBAX 6230 International Financial Management
  • MBAX 6250 Derivative Securities
  • MBAX 6710 Financial Statement Analysis

Entrepreneurial Financial Management

The Entrepreneurial Financial Management focus is for students interested in a finance-related position with broad management responsibilities in a small- to mid-sized firm. Opportunities include being involved in a wide range of finance activities including financial planning and analysis, cash flow management, and obtaining financial capital.

Elective courses:

  • MBAX 6100 Entrepreneurship
  • MBAX 6110 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MBAX 6200 Advanced Corporate Finance

Investment Management

The Investment Management focus is for students interested in an investments-related career with a financial institution or intermediary. Opportunities include investment and securities management for a bank, insurance company, or other institutions or businesses engaged in security analysis and sales, investment decisions, and real estate management.

Elective courses:

  • MBAX 6220 Investment Management and Analysis
  • MBAX 6240 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • MBAX 6250 Derivative Securities
  • MBAX 6260 Fixed Income Investing
  • MBAX 6610 Real Estate Finance and Investment Analysis

Financial Consulting

The Financial Consulting focus is for students interested in a career with a finance-related emphasis in a business consulting firm. Opportunities include corporate financial planning, firm valuation activities, and financial restructuring.

Elective courses:

  • MBAX 6200 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MBAX 6250 Derivative Securities
  • MBAX 6710 Financial Statement Analysis
  • MBAX 6260 Fixed Income Investing

Investment Banking

The Investment Banking focus is for students interested in working for smaller or regional investment banking firms. Opportunities include being involved in valuing businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and security design and innovation.

Elective courses:

  • MBAX 6220 Investment Management and Analysis
  • MBAX 6110 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MBAX 6710 Financial Statement Analysis
  • MBAX 6260 Fixed Income Investing

Finance Coursework Recommended for Other Career Tracks

Entrepreneurship:

  • MBAX 6210 Applied Financial Management
  • MBAX 6110 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MBAX 6710 Financial Statement Analysis
  • MBAX 6250 Derivative Securities

Real Estate:

  • MBAX 6210 Applied Financial Management
  • MBAX 6110 Entrepreneurial Finance