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Learn how businesses raise the capital they need to start and sustain themselves. Understand how people invest in companies and how financial markets work. Professors share firsthand knowledge and real-world perspectives on how an economy allocates money to where it will have the most value — giving you the strategic advantage.

The concentration in corporate finance, through its courses, teaches a core set of skills in financial modeling, debt and equity issues, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, and risk management necessary in corporate finance positions as well as in other careers such as consulting. Students develop the skills and knowledge base to undertake positions in:

  • Investment banks and commercial banks
  • Corporate finance, treasury, and business development positions in Fortune 500 and mid-cap companies
  • Financial consulting and corporate strategy roles
  • Venture capital and private equity firms
  • General management positions

Students pursuing a concentration in corporate finance should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives. 

MGT 6066  Corporate Restructuring (3 credit hours)
Understand economic underpinnings of corporate acquisitions. Address sources of acquisitional value and managerial incentives. Take an interdisciplinary approach, looking at legal, economic, and strategic issues. Explore types of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, and more.

MGT 6067  Financial Aspects of Commercial Real Estate (3 credit hours)
This course will examine commercial real estate assets from two perspectives: the unique nature of the financing and ownership structures and their role as an asset class in investment portfolios.

MGT 6070  International Finance (3 credit hours)
Learn how to deal with exchange rate risk and market imperfections. Maximize benefit of expanded global opportunities. Explore foreign exchange risk management, international corporate governance, and cross-border M&A. Explore management of multinational firms.

MGT 6078  Finance & Investments (3 credit hours)
Acquire analytical tools for sound investment decisions. Explore concepts of risk, return, asset allocation, portfolio theory, and more. Material is mostly quantitative. Examine the changing landscape of investment management and the causes and impacts of the financial crisis. Includes discussion on ethics in investing.

MGT 6080  Investments (3 credit hours)
Acquire analytical tools for sound investment decisions. Explore concepts of risk, return, asset allocation, portfolio theory, and more. Material is mostly quantitative. Examine the changing landscape of investment management and the causes and impacts of the financial crisis. Includes discussion on ethics in investing.

MGT 6081  Derivative Securities (3 credit hours)
Acquire basic working knowledge of how derivatives markets function. Learn various types of derivatives, including swaps, options, forwards, etc. Discuss basic numerical methods and risk management. Discuss why derivatives are used, how they are used, and how they are priced.

MGT 6082  Fundamentals of Real Estate Development (3 credit hours)
Provides a multidisciplinary overview/survey of the development process — from conception of the idea/vision through project completion and ongoing management. Understand the main drivers of change, critical issues, nature of a development team in the future, and the essential leadership characteristics of a developer and development team. Explore emerging technologies and the role they will play in the future world of real estate development.

MGT 6083  Real Estate Practicum (3 credit hours)
Learn where real estate-related opportunities are in a gradually improving economy/market. Understand the future nature of work, the environment where work will occur, and the links with productivity. Work with external organizations such as CBRichardEllis and the Corporate Real Estate - Innovation Council sponsored by American Express Company.

MGT 6086  Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity (3 credit hours)
Current and future managers and entrepreneurs learn to use financial perspective in value creation. Learn effective entrepreneurial practices from the perspectives of users and suppliers of capital and other stakeholders. Focus on financial management within entrepreneurial firms. Cover all phases of life cycle from idea generation to harvesting.

MGT 6090  Management of Financial Institutions (3 credit hours)
Introduction to the financial intermediation sector and the various risks that the financial institutions face. Many tools and topics in the course may be relevant to non-financial firms, such as credit risk. Understand tools to manage financial risks within the firm.

MGT 6769  Fixed Income Securities (3 credit hours)
Understand the basic risk-free term structure models and sensitivity measures as well as standard techniques for valuing fixed income securities and credit risk derivatives as well as their shortcomings. Understand the mathematics of bond market: yield, duration, and convexity.

MGT 6785  Practice of Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) (3 credit hours)
The course will consist of case studies, visiting lecturers from financial institutions, and student group projects of an advanced nature — all centered around quantitative and computational finance. The group projects deal with applicable problems in areas such as asset management, credit risk, and pricing of derivatives. The course involves significant data analysis using big data sets. The groups will be required to formulate and analyze the project problem, and implement and present their solutions to the problems.

MGT 8803  Advanced Corporate Finance (3 credit hours)
This course builds on the basic foundational course in Finance and addresses the core issues in Corporate Finance in further depth. It would be an important course for anyone interested in pursuing a finance career in financial as well as non-financial corporations (including consulting). The course helps you build rigorous valuation models, understand capital raising (e.g., issuing equity or debt in the markets), working capital management, etc.

MGT 8803  New Venture Practicum (3 credit hours)
This course consists of both lectures and a hands-on project. Lectures include the Lean Startup methodology, as well as guest lecturers representing young entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, technology venture lawyers, and more. Moving in parallel with the lectures, students develop the core of a business model for a real startup idea. This is done by working with a startup at ATDC, working with GTRI or GTRC on commercialization opportunities for existing intellectual property, or students may develop their own startup idea from scratch.

MGT 8803  Risk Analytics (3 credit hours)
Gain an understanding of the tools and methods to manage the risks faced by financial institutions. Special emphasis is placed on managing credit risk and risk measures. Many of the tools and topics discussed may also be applicable to non-financial companies.

MBA concentrations and immersive tracks are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas.