Regardless of your industry or role, understanding valuation and risk is vital for making sound business decisions.
Broad’s world-class finance faculty bring real-world experience into the classroom, while producing research that garners top awards from leading journals. As an MBA student with a finance concentration, you will be immersed in a robust curriculum that pairs finance courses with electives in accounting, preparing you to handle complex jobs from analyst to mergers and acquisitions specialist to venture capitalist.
If you are interested in pursuing what is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program, as a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program Partner, MBA in Finance courses will prepare you for the exams.
There’s no limit to what Broad MBA graduates are capable of doing. See where the finance concentration can take you.
Our finance faculty prepare MBA students to evaluate the risks of doing business and the prospects of earning a suitable rate of return. Robust coursework offerings emphasize a number of topics of interest to the corporate finance space. This area of study is paired with offerings from our renowned accounting faculty to offer a robust group of opportunities for the aspiring finance professional. Finance course offerings available to MBA students typically include:
Applying financial strategies to managerial decision making.
Applications of financial theory through computer modeling. Financial forecasting, cash flow modeling and valuation.
Application of financial theory using computer modeling. Portfolio optimization, risk measurement and option pricing.
Identifying corporate strategies to help manage business, financing and competitive risks. Case studies.
Essential financial theories and quantitative tools related to the field of investments. Topics include behavior and distribution of stock returns, mean-variance optimization model of portfolio selection, basic asset pricing theories and market efficiency.
Investment management, portfolio performance evaluation, active portfolio management, essentials of bonds and derivatives and essentials of international diversification.
Introduction to pricing, trading strategies and hedging applications of forward and futures contracts, swaps and options.
Fixed-income security markets. Valuation of traded instruments.
Advanced fixed income security models. Valuation of instruments traded using derivative securities pricing.
Derivatives pricing and applications to corporate securities, structured products and credit default swaps.
Fundamental analysis of individual stocks. Discounted cash flow valuation, relative valuation and special situations. Management of student-run investment fund.
Provides a broad overview of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the finance perspective.
Corporate financial management in a multinational setting.
Financial investments and risk management in a multinational setting.
Measuring and managing the valuation of corporate strategies.
Provides a broad overview of mergers, corporate restructuring, divestitures and bankruptcy from the finance perspective.
Application of the real options methodology to analyze practical problems in corporate finance.
Introduction to the financing and valuation of entrepreneurial startups, venture capital and private equity. How to prepare a successful business plan to raise financing from venture capitalists. Structuring venture capital and private equity deals.
Advanced topics in the financing of entrepreneurial startups, venture capital and private equity. Valuation for entrepreneurial startups, venture capital and private equity, and institutions. Corporate venture capital. Venture capital investing and fundraising. Private equity investments. Sale of venture capital-backed entrepreneurial firm and initial public equity offerings.
Introduction to the analysis of real-world financial data in a variety of settings. Applying textual analysis to large documents, identifying “sentiment” in Google search data, and back-testing trading strategies. Developing the programming skills necessary to both collect and prepare data for analysis.
Advanced application of data analysis to finance. Automating data acquisition, to apply textual analysis to large documents and transcripts. Analyzing weather data, geographic data, corporate patent data, and posts on social media. Examining how the information in these databases is related to financial outcomes.
Current and emerging issues in corporate finance, investments and financial modeling to supplement and enrich existing courses.
Concepts of financial analysis using U.S. and international accounting information. Cash-flow and earnings based models for business valuation, and supply of and demand for accounting information in financial markets.
Management of information system projects. Modeling of business processes. Management of project scope, time and costs. Planning and control of projects. Program and portfolio management. Consulting issues for effective project management.
Management accounting concepts for strategic management and business unit-management. Performance measurement, planning and budgeting, and control system design.
Design and use of managerial accounting systems to support operational decisions in complex, real-world settings, using analytical techniques and real data.
Equipped with trading desks, real-time data feeds and other financial trading room technology, the Financial Analysis Lab (FAL) allows students to monitor and research portfolio holdings, develop investment ideas and recommend securities for purchase or sale.
Manage the resources of the $5M Student Investment Fund (SIF) using the Financial Analysis Lab trading environment. The approximately $5 million SIF is a sub-account of the MSU Foundation portfolio.
Join the MBA Finance Association to research careers and network in the field. This student-organized group sponsors a Finance Career Fair, the development of alumni contacts, the Finance Speaker Series, and an annual CFA promotion and seminar.
Participate in student treks, such as to a valuation seminar at Amway.
Test your expertise at case study competitions such as the ACG Cup.
Volunteer for social impact projects, such as promoting financial literacy.