Professional Track

Finance is an expanding field of study that's creating new opportunities for skilled professionals to step into significant leadership roles. These roles will be in high demand and command generous salaries that you will want to be poised to secure.

You will gain the vital, relevant skills to take on any challenge you will face on your career path through specialized curriculum taught by world-renowned faculty, recognized for their expertise in the field, and work experience in our corporate residency program.

In the classroom, we will focus on financial results by company, division, product, or business unit, getting deep understanding of budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. Students will be exposed to pricing and expense analysis for new products or global expansion, merger and acquisition analysis, treasury functions, and more.

Finance Courses

Required Emphasis Course
  • MBA 521   Corporate Finance
    (Student must take this corresponding Emphasis Course along with an additional Emphasis Course of their choice.)
Professional Concentration Courses

Choose four from the following:

  • MBA 540   Financial Strategy
  • MBA 541   Strategic Financial Analysis
  • MBA 561   International Finance
  • MBA 542   Investment & Portfolio Management
  • MBA 543   Real Estate Investments
  • MBA 544   Buyouts and Acquisitions
  • MBA 545   Behavioral Finance
  • MBA 552   Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MBA 5STF   Special Topics of Finance

Career Paths in Finance

Financial executives are responsible for providing accurate and data based information on company’s profitability, solvency, stability, and liquidity. They are involved in the research and analysis of financial information to help their company make well informed decisions, write reports, and monitor financial movements.

Some of the sole responsibilities as a finance related-employee are as follows:

  • Assist with the new business process and working with finance and business Managers
  • Cash reconciliations, payment date accounting, monthly reporting and report production, daily modeling, analysis and reporting and financial analysis
  • Responsible for the day- to-day general ledger accounting and reconciliation, financial reporting, and analysis for assigned functional areas
  • Research and resolve business unit(s) inquiries for assigned functional areas.
  • Perform monthly balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position/budget variance analysis
  • Analyze data to ensure proper accounting procedures have been followed
  • Prepare financial reports, charts, tables, and other exhibits as requested
  • Consolidate and analyze financial data (budgets, income statement forecasts etc.) considering company’s goals and financial standing
  • Maintain and develop various financial models and standard templates distributed for use by all of Finance during the planning processes, ensuring quality and focused analytic review
  • Support financial planning & analysis (FP&A) business unit analysts by being the first point of contact for issues and questions
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding/working knowledge of accounting principles and internal controls, and apply them
  • Describe an insightful use of financial analysis techniques, tools, and concepts, to provide practical counsel to business area partners and management to drive business

Potential Career Positions Possible Employment Sectors
  • Financial Analyst
  • Trader
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Accounting and auditing services
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Banking
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceuticals
  • Business services
  • Construction
  • Computer software/hardware
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Education
  • Electronics, components, and semi- conductors
  • Engineering services
  • Energy and utilities
  • Financial services
Examples of level-based positions:
Entry-level Positions Middle-level Positions Top-level Positions
  • Financial Analyst/Specialist
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Funding Coordinator
  • Loan Officer
  • Auditor
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Treasury Analyst
  • Auditing Department Manager
  • Financial Services Director
  • CFO
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Officer
  • Treasurer/Treasury Director

Professional Associations and Organizations