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MBA in Finance

Master the Financial Side Our MBA in Finance is ideal for experienced finance professionals preparing for advancement or motivated individuals seeking a career change. We'll equip you with the expansive, foundational knowledge and real-world experience needed to accelerate your career. Focus on corporate finance or investments and open the door to endless professional opportunities.

"I was able to land interviews I never could have gotten on my own, and accelerated my career by 5-7 years conservatively. This was on top of all of the skills I honed in the classroom."
BRIAN HOLADAY, MBA'14
Senior Consultant, IBM

Advance Your Career in Corporate Finance

With steady job growth predicted over the next five to ten years by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, corporate finance is expanding to create new opportunities for skilled professionals to step into significant leadership roles. These roles will be in high demand and command generous salaries that you will want to be poised to secure.

If you have hit a plateau in your current finance career but have the drive and ambition to move ahead or if you are looking to enter the field with an advantage, our Full-Time MBA concentration in Finance—with a focus on Corporate Finance—is meant for you.

You will gain the vital, relevant skills to take on any challenge you will face on your career path through specialized curriculum taught by world-renowned faculty, recognized for their expertise in the field, and work experience in our corporate residency program.

In the classroom you will focus on financial results by company, division, product, or business unit, getting deep understanding of budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. You will be exposed to pricing and expense analysis for new products or global expansion, merger and acquisition analysis, treasury functions, and more.

Working in Boston, New York City, or another vibrant financial center, your paid corporate residency in corporate finance delivers meaningful experience where you will put your classroom experiences to work, gives you strong industry references, and has the potential for full-time employment. This residency is the cornerstone of a thorough and rigorous curriculum and could be for 3-months, 6-months, or two consecutive 6-month experiences.

Lead the Way in Investments

The field of investments is complex and growing. In the next five to ten years the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positions in investments to grow at nearly double the rate of the national employment average. Likewise, the short supply and high demand of these positions will also carry ample compensation to lure those with the skills and poise to lead.

For those already in the banking or investments industries, but looking to enter a role with more decision making responsibilities, our Finance concentration with an area of focus in Investments will help you hit that career goal. Our Investments area of focus, specifically, features a specialized curriculum and work experience focused on your area of interest.

This program prepares you for roles where you will manage other people’s money. With a deep classroom emphasis on reporting, analysis, tracking results, communicating with clients, and monitoring changes in the market, you will learn from respected practitioners with field expertise, real experience in portfolio management, and strong connections to the field.

The 360 Huntington Fund represents experiential learning in its purest form. The fund is designed to give you experience in equity research and portfolio management. Currently, the students involved manage a half-million dollars of the university’s endowment. This experience paired with your corporate residency at a top brokerage house or investment firm will put the complex theories and models learned in the classroom to practice to make profitable investment decisions in varying environments.


MBA Finance Program Details

To earn a Finance MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from either the Corporate Finance or Investments coursework listed below. You will also complete 12 credits from a second concentration of your choosing, and 15 elective credits of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Required Finance MBA Course Details

Advanced Financial Management

Builds upon FINA 6318. Focuses on capital allocation and both equity and fixed-income markets. Covers the fundamentals of stock and bond valuation, as well as a brief review of macroeconomic concepts including the role of the Federal Reserve, growth, and inflation. Culminates with coverage of firm capital structure and the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

3 credits

Details

 

Corporate Finance Coursework

Select 3 Credits From the Following: Details

Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments. May be repeated without limits.

3 credits

Details

Investment Strategy

Familiarizes students with domestic and international financial markets and the securities traded therein. Discusses a variety of techniques for valuation of financial assets and relies heavily on quantitative methods. Critically analyzes such qualitative concepts as market efficiency, intrinsic value, and risk. The contents of this course, descriptive, theoretical, and applied, should provide students with the ability to build unique valuation models to suit the particular investment alternative they wish to scrutinize. Also provides students with an understanding of how investment theory and investment practice relate.

3 credits

Details

Valuation & Value Creation

Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.

3 credits

Details

Select 6 Credits from the following:

Finance MBA Electives Details

Business Turnarounds

Concentrates on the diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of actions pertinent to business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies, and liquidations. Case studies and readings guide the student through the maze of financial, ethical, legal, general business, and strategic aspects of turnarounds, culminating in the student evaluating and developing a turnaround plan.

3 credits

Details

Entrepreneurial Finance

Uses the basic processes, principles, tools, and concepts of finance within the parameters of a small business to develop a complete financial plan. Constructs a comprehensive plan that projects the future circular flow of funds by analyzing and then integrating the impact of both investment decisions (use of funds) and financial decisions (source of funds).

3 credits

Details

Financial Risk Management

Provides an overview of all of the hedging markets and hedging instruments. Explores specific hedging use of options, forwards, futures, swaps, and options on futures. Focuses on advanced financial risk management of interest rates, currency rates, equity returns, and fixed income returns. Students use readings and case problems to study when and how to use hedging instruments to alter a portfolio’s risk exposure.

3 credits

Details

Financial Modeling

Introduces financial modeling applications in the fields of risk management, statistics applied to finance, investments, and portfolio management. Financial modeling is used for performing financial analysis facilitating business decision making in virtually any business. Excel is the most widely used electronic spreadsheet program in the world. Offers students an opportunity to develop strong Excel proficiency needed to effectively and efficiently understand and implement the quantitative aspects of financial topics covered in the various financial courses taught in the MBA and MSF programs and to learn how to use a variety of spreadsheet tools and techniques to enhance their overall analytical skill set.

3 credits

Details

Financial Strategy

Develops financial, analytical, and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. Stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets, and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation.

3 credits

Details

International Financial Management

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

3 credits

Details

Investment Banking

Discusses policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm.

3 credits

Details

Mergers & Acquisitions

Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.

3 credits

Details

Real Estate Finance & Investment

Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of real estate finance. Emphasizes factors affecting real estate investment. Topics include valuation (appraisal), market analysis, development, taxation, ownership types, short-term financing, mortgage markets, and investment strategies. Designed for students interested in a general overview of real estate finance, as well as those intending to pursue a career in the real-estate field.

3 credits

Details

Valuation & Value Creation

Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.

3 credits

Details

 

Investments Coursework

Select 3 Credits from the Following: Details

Financial Risk Management

Provides an overview of all of the hedging markets and hedging instruments. Explores specific hedging use of options, forwards, futures, swaps, and options on futures. Focuses on advanced financial risk management of interest rates, currency rates, equity returns, and fixed income returns. Students use readings and case problems to study when and how to use hedging instruments to alter a portfolio’s risk exposure.

3 credits

Details

Portfolio Management

Develops portfolio construction, revision, and performance measurement. Highlights portfolio construction in an efficient capital market. Topics include risk-return analysis, the effects of diversification on risk reduction, and the costs of inflation, taxes, and transaction costs on fixed income and equity security portfolios. Examines financial models of capital asset pricing as the basis for the analysis of portfolios from the institutional investor’s viewpoint.

3 credits

Details

Select 6 Credits from the following:

Investment MBA Electives Details

Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments. May be repeated without limits.

3 credits

Details

Financial Modeling

Introduces financial modeling applications in the fields of risk management, statistics applied to finance, investments, and portfolio management. Financial modeling is used for performing financial analysis facilitating business decision making in virtually any business. Excel is the most widely used electronic spreadsheet program in the world. Offers students an opportunity to develop strong Excel proficiency needed to effectively and efficiently understand and implement the quantitative aspects of financial topics covered in the various financial courses taught in the MBA and MSF programs and to learn how to use a variety of spreadsheet tools and techniques to enhance their overall analytical skill set.

3 credits

Details

Fund Management for Analysts

Introduces a variety of operating documents typical to an active mutual fund. Offers students an opportunity to apply lessons from investment and portfolio management classes by presenting investment recommendations to a panel and communicating with peers in a thoughtful and forceful manner. Investment decisions are made based on student analysis and recommendations that include knowledge of macroeconomic expectations, corporate financing issues, dept-repayment concerns, and employee and technological changes. May be repeated up to three times.

1 credit

Details

Fund Management for Managers

Builds on FINA 6360. Designed to provide students further analytical knowledge, including exposure to and opportunity to perform managerial tasks related to the management and operation of mutual funds. Included in these tasks are reconsideration of the fund’s investment policy statement and asset allocation plan as well as preparation of accounting statements, dealing with compliance issues, addressing ethical concerns, measuring and managing risk, and performing marketing and fund-raising activities. May be repeated up to three times.

1credit

Details

International Financial Management

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

3 credits

Details

Investment Banking

Discusses policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm.

3 credits

Details

Mergers & Acquisitions

Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.

3 credits

Details

Portfolio Management

Develops portfolio construction, revision, and performance measurement. Highlights portfolio construction in an efficient capital market. Topics include risk-return analysis, the effects of diversification on risk reduction, and the costs of inflation, taxes, and transaction costs on fixed income and equity security portfolios. Examines financial models of capital asset pricing as the basis for the analysis of portfolios from the institutional investor’s viewpoint.

3 credits

Details

Real Estate Finance & Investment

Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of real estate finance. Emphasizes factors affecting real estate investment. Topics include valuation (appraisal), market analysis, development, taxation, ownership types, short-term financing, mortgage markets, and investment strategies. Designed for students interested in a general overview of real estate finance, as well as those intending to pursue a career in the real-estate field.

3 credits

Details

Valuation & Value Creation

Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.

3 credits

Details


Is the MBA in Finance Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MBA program.

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