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Finance Concentration

This concentration will prepare you for a career in financial management of a business enterprise.

You will gain detailed knowledge of the principles and techniques of financial decision-making, valuation and capital markets. This concentration emphasizes analytical, computational and managerial skills for financial problems faced by decision-makers.

With a finance concentration, you can choose from a number of career opportunies. Corporate positions range from financial analysis and financial planning to control and asset-liability management. In financial intermediaries, opportunities are available for security analysts, trust advisors, portfolio managers, bank loan officers and account executives. Consulting firms provide growing job opportunities. Additionally, government agencies offer many employment opportunities similar to those in the private sector.

Concentration Requirements

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MBA Core - 15 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MBA Core - 10 Credits
    • MGF 633 Investment Management or elective - 3 credits
    • Elective - 3 credits

Second Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGF 633 Investment Management - if not taken in first spring semester - 3 credits
    • Finance electives – 6 credits
    • Electives and/or internship – 6-9 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions - 1 credit
    • MGO 644 Business Practice - 1 credit
    • Finance electives – 6 credits
    • Electives – 6-9 credits

Finance electives must be selected from:

  • MGA 632 Financial Statement Analysis
  • MGE 602 Global Economy and the Business Firm
  • MGF 636 Complex Financial Instruments
  • MGF 637 Financial Modeling
  • MGF 638 Fixed Income Securities
  • MGF 641 Financial Policies and Strategies
  • MGF 643 Strategic Financial Management and Value Creation
  • MGF 644 Conducting Research: Fixed Income Securities**
  • MGF 645 Conducting Research: Equities**
  • MGF 647 Supervised Research
  • MGF 656 Acquisitions Transactions
  • MGF 657 Financial Innovation
  • MGF 658 Mergers and Acquisition Strategy and Financing
  • MGF 661 Management of Financial Institutions
  • MGF 685 International Financial Management
  • MGF 696 Portfolio Theory and Strategy
  • LAW 688 Securities Regulation

**Only MGF 644 or MGF 645 (not both) may be used toward the finance concentration

Finance Internships

Finance concentration students who do not have at least one year of qualifying work experience must complete a credit-bearing internship. Sample finance internship sites include:

  • A.G. Edwards
  • M&T Bank
  • Prudential Securities, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service
  • Rich Products
  • Perry’s Ice Cream
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Smith Barney
  • Sorrento Lactalis

Student Organizations

The Financial Management Association (FMA) offers you an opportunity to broaden your exposure to the various aspects of real-world finance through guest speakers, formal meetings and investment games. A typical yearly schedule includes speakers from such fields as banking, investment analysis and corporate finance. In addition, FMA sponsors activities in conjunction with other student organizations (such as the Society for Human Resources Management or the American College of Healthcare Executives) to keep pace with developments in other functional areas.

Department of Finance Faculty