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Finance: Driving Value Creation in Corporations

Finance, including corporate finance, provides the tools for making investment and financing decisions in firms dealing with uncertainty and information problems. These skills include fundamentals of accounting, financial analysis, valuation, capital budgeting and international financial management. The MBA concentration in finance prepares students to analyze and understand how corporate decision making drives firm performance, valuation and risk. 

The MBA Finance concentration is useful for students who aim to work in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, private equity, corporate financial operations or consultants or analysts performing fundamental company valuation analysis. 

Professionals working in finance need to understand the workings of financial markets, product innovations, and the rapidly changing world financial economics. 

Careers in Finance

The MBA Finance concentration is useful for students who will work in corporate financial operations and in other finance assignments, such as fundamental company analysis, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and so on. Some examples of employers who commonly hire graduates with expertise in this area include Deloitte, Bain Capital, Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company.
Vera Bondarenko, MBA '09

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Vera Bondarenko, MBA '09

After receiving her MBA from Brandeis International Business School, Vera Bondarenko parlayed a successful summer internship with data storage giant EMC into a full-time job.

Werner de Merode, MBA '10

Brandeis IBS MBA Alumnus Spotlight

Werner de Merode, MBA '10

Werner de Merode spent his childhood making the world his home. He attended Brandeis IBS' MBA program to gain quantitative skills to advance his career, and after six years in financial roles at Staples, he recently began a new job at McKinsey & Company doing strategic planning and analysis.

Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

Brandeis IBS MBA Alumna Spotlight

Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

After working in accounting for several years, Tiwonge decided to focus her interest in corporate finance through the MBA program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). She currently works at Open Society Foundations with the goal of utilizing her skills in finance to make the world a better place.

Concentration Requirements

A total of 20 credits is required to complete the MBA Concentration in Finance. 

Group 1: Quantitative Requirement (4 credits)

FIN 216f Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 217f Financial Modeling I (2 credits)

Group 2: Capstone (4 credits)

FIN 293a Finance Consulting Project (4 credits)

Group 3: Electives (12 credits)

FIN 213a Intermediate Financial Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 214a Managerial Accounting
FIN 231f Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 237f Security Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 241f Financial Planning and Control (2 credits)
FIN 232a Mergers & Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 240a Venture Capital & Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits)
FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 244f Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 252f Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 261a Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)
FIN 263a International Portfolio Management (4 credits)
FIN 270a Options & Derivatives (4 credits)
FIN 278f Corporate Governance (2 credits)
FIN 280a Financial Risk Management (4 credits)

Meet Our Faculty

From former Head of European Credit Research at Barclay's to Director of Investment Research for ING, you can be assured you'll be learning Finance from some of the top professionals in the field. And with Bloomberg Terminals in every classroom, students become experts in the world-renowned database used by virtually all major financial firms around the globe.