Finance

Overview

Finance involves the management and investment of money and other assets for businesses, individuals, and governments. The finance curriculum offers opportunities to develop specialized knowledge and skills in one or more areas such as corporate finance, investment management, financial risk management, and real estate. Our strategy is to:

  • Support a faculty that delivers a world-class finance curriculum to our undergraduate and graduate students; emphasizing cutting edge, conceptually rigorous, and highly-relevant, practice-oriented learning experiences.
  • Support faculty research that is disseminated in a variety of outlets, including the most elite academic finance journals, elite practitioner-oriented journals, and a variety of other high-quality publication and media outlets.
  • Deliver high-quality service to our key constituents, including our students and those who employ our students.

Financial management and investment methods used in practice have undergone dramatic changes over the past 25 years. The field is very dynamic and our faculty and vast array of course offerings enable our students to keep on the cutting edge of the field. Areas of specialization include:

Corporate Finance—Focusing on the investment and financing activities of a business entity, including merger and acquisition, private equity, venture capital transactions, and entrepreneurial finance.

Investment Analysis—Focusing on valuation of a variety of financial instruments and the markets where they trade, portfolio management, financial risk management, and fixed-income securities.

International Financial Management—Focusing on corporate finance and investment analysis in a global economy, including foreign currency transactions and foreign exchange risk management, evaluation of foreign direct investment opportunities, and hedging techniques.

Finance Group Contacts

Finance Group Coordinator

Jeffery Born
Professor of Finance
j.born@neu.edu
617.373.5054

Curriculum Coordinator

Eliot Sherman
Senior Lecturer
e.sherman@neu.edu
617.373.7514

Graduate Student Investment Fund Advisers

Paul Bolster
Professor of Finance
p.bolster@neu.edu
617.373.5051

Harlan Platt
Professor of Finance
h.platt@neu.edu
617.373.4740

Undergraduate Student Investment Fund Adviser

Niki Boyson
Associate Professor of Finance
n.boyson@neu.edu
617.373.4775

Finance and Investment Club Advisor

Karthik Krishnan
Assistant Professor of Finance
k.krishnan@neu.edu
617.373.4707

Finance Co-Op Coordinator

Mary Kane
m.kane@neu.edu
617.373.3411

Support Staff

Elmira Budo
e.budo@neu.edu
617.373.3616

Teaching and Program Excellence

Finance faculty have doctoral degrees from a variety of high quality institutions and/or significant industry experience. All Bachelor of Science, MBA, and MSF students take finance courses as part of their degrees and finance electives are very popular in all of these programs. Faculty have won several internal and external awards for teaching excellence. Click here for bios of Finance Group faculty.

At the undergraduate level, students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in International Business programs may elect to concentrate in Finance. Classroom learning is integrated with and complemented by our strong Finance Co-Op program.

At the graduate level, there is a Finance track in our Full-Time MBA program, which is one of three career-intensive tracks, in which students may choose to focus, supported by a dedicated Career Management staff. A specialization in finance is also available in the Evening and Online MBA programs. Additionally, we offer a Master of Finance degree and an MBA/MSF degree, in our Full-Time, Part-Time, and Online programs.

Research Focus

The research focus of the Finance Group at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business revolves around the area of empirical corporate finance and investments. Faculty utilize a variety of theoretical and empirical methods to study a variety of business and finance problems that are relevant to business decision makers.

Faculty in the Finance Group have published in the very best academic and practitioner journals, presented at the best academic and practitioner conferences, and are frequently cited in the financial media. They have won numerous internal and external awards for research excellence.

Real-World, Practice-Oriented, Experiential Learning

The Finance faculty brings a wealth of professional expertise to the classroom, with many faculty having held significant managerial positions prior to coming to Northeastern. All faculty are involved with Finance practitioners through their teaching, research, and consulting activities. A number of our courses use case studies and real-company projects and utilize guest speakers. Students’ Co-Op and other work experiences provide learning opportunities and compliment classroom learning. The Group utilizes an Advisory Board to gain additional insights into current managerial issues and practices.

For undergraduates, our dedicated Co-Op Coordinators work to place students in up to three paid six-month placements with companies across New England and the World. Recent Co-Op employers include General Electric, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Fidelity Investments, MFS Investment Management, Raytheon, EMC Corporation, etc..

For Full-Time MBA students, our MBA Career Center develops six- or twelve-month corporate residencies and full-time placements with a broad variety of companies. Recent MBA Finance employers include: Wellington Management, State Street Corporation, Raytheon, IBM, etc.

Beyond classroom and career management, students have further opportunities to engage with the business world through student clubs. We have active finance and investment clubs and student-managed investment portfolios at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.