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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

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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

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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 22 credits is required to complete the MBA Concentration in Finance. These credits may also be counted toward fulfilment of other Concentrations or of the MBA core requirements. Excess credits in Foundation courses are counted toward the Electives requirement.

Foundation (6 credits required)

FIN 201a Investments (pre-requisite some elective courses)
FIN 217f Corporate Financial Modeling

Elective Courses (16 credits required)

BUS 262a Alliance, Acquisition, and Divestment Strategies
BUS 278f Corporate Governance
BUS 279f Corporate Fraud: Detection and Prevention
BUS 295c (*) Consulting Field Projects in Social Impact Organizations (Finance project)
FIN 213a Intermediate Financial Accounting
FIN 214a Managerial Accounting
FIN 218f (**) Portfolio Financial Modeling
FIN 216f Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 231f Private Equity
FIN 237f Security Analysis
FIN 241f Financial Planning and Control
FIN 232a Mergers & Acquisitions
FIN 240a Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis
FIN 244f Credit Risk Analysis II
FIN 248f Advanced Corporate Finance
FIN 252f Banking, Central Banking & Intl Financial Systems
FIN 261a (**) Fixed Income Securities
FIN 263a (**) International Portfolio Management
FIN 270a (**) Options & Derivatives
FIN 279a Applied Risk Management
FIN 293a (*) Consulting Field Projects in Finance
FIN 280a (**) Financial Risk Management
FIN 285a (**) Computer Simulation & Risk Assessment
FIN 288a Corporate Financial Engineering

(*) Bus 295c and Fin 293a are Field Projects courses – only one can be counted toward this Concentration.
(**) Fin 201a is a pre-requisite for these courses.

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.