Emphasis in Finance

Finance is a field with great potential for a rewarding career. The finance emphasis curriculum provides training, knowledge, and tools in corporate finance and international financial management-- skills essential to the success of nearly any organization. 

A finance emphasis allows a career-motivated MBA graduate to pursue a wide range of job opportunities in financial institutions and financial markets that demand in-depth financial knowledge. These career opportunities are available in commercial banks, investment banking firms, mutual fund companies, mortgage banking, life insurance companies, pension fund management, property and casualty insurance companies, credit-rating agencies, and health insurance firms.  

This School of Business MBA Emphasis provides an alternative for students to substitute core MBA courses with offerings that focus on:

  • Theories, models, and practical applications on the efficient and effective management of corporate finance to accomplish the objectives of the firm
  • Planning, raising, controlling, and administering of funds for the business
  • Operating characteristics of financial institutions and financial markets
  • Financial analysis and analytical techniques in evaluating managerial decisions vs. economic value added and market value added for the firm
  • Investment analysis, asset-allocation strategies, and security selection decisions that effectively and efficiently manage investment risk and/or transfer risk
  • Corporate approaches to global financial markets and multinational financial management

Courses in the Finance Emphasis

FINC 661W Financial Markets and Institutions (4 units)
Analysis of the role of money/capital markets and financial institutions in the allocation of capital in the economy. Depository and non-depository financial institutions are examined with special attention to the evolution and regulation of such institutions.

BUAD 660 Managerial Finance (4 units)
An overview of financial management tools used in analyzing and developing strategies for making business decisions. Topics include: time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, working with capital management, options, and their applications in corporate finance.

INTB 693W Global Finance (4 units)
Study and application of finance in the global arena. Focus of critical attention on how financial strategies, risk, tools, investments, theories, and institutions work in a global context. May be substituted by INTB-670.

FINC 662W Investment Theory and Analysis (4 units)
Examination of the theoretical framework for investments and portfolio analysis. Focuses on the development of investment objectives and evaluation of risk-return trade-off leading up to optimal portfolio selection and management.

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