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Corporate Finance: Driving Value Creation in Corporations

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 MSF concentration in corporate finance prepares students to analyze and understand how corporate decision making drives firm performance, valuation and risk. 

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

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

Careers in Corporate Finance

The MSF Corporate Finance concentration is useful for students who will work in corporate financial operations and in other finance assignments, such as fundamental company analysis, corporate deal 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.

"I Felt Like I Was Part of the Industry, Even As a Student"

Melina Reyes-Yépez, MSF '15

Melina Reyes-Yépez, MSF '15 came to Brandeis IBS from the Dominican Republic, seeking opportunities to advance her knowledge and career prospects in finance. Today, she works at Deloitte as a senior consultant in financial advisory services.

Sam Soltani, MSF '10 Alumni Profile

Businessman with Business Experience

Sam Soltani, MSF '10

As Chief Operating Officer, Sam Soltani, MSF ’10 is the sole member of BioSensics’ impressive management team who has actual business experience.

Concentration Requirements

The MSF concentration in Corporate Finance requires the completion of 18 credits. 

Group 1 - Required Course (4 credits)

FIN 214a Managerial Accounting (4 credits)

Group 2 - (8 Credits Minimum Required)

BUS 211f Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a Forecasting in Finance and Economics (4 credits)
FIN 203f International Financial Management (2 credits)
FIN 216f Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 231f Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 240a Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits)
FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 288a Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)

Group 3 - 6 Credits Maximum

BUS 212a Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
BUS 235f Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
BUS 260a Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
ECON 213a Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
FIN 225f Real Estate Finance2 credits)
FIN 252f Banking, Central Banking, and International Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 297a Internship (in Corporate Finance) (2 credits)
Or any course in Group 2 not taken to satisfy that requirement.

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 Corporate 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.