Department of Finance

Finance Careers and Course Plans

Career Prep = General + Specialties

  • Corporate Finance – Investment Banking, M&A, Consulting, Capital Planning, Project Management, Investor Relations
  • Investments – Investment Management (mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity), Risk Management, Trading, Economic Analysis
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate

Curriculum Highlights

  • Traditional “Finance” tracks:
    • Corporate Finance (financial management, controlling, budgeting, etc.; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; investment banking; commercial banking)
    • Investments and Capital Markets (pricing of securities: equity, fixed-income, derivatives, commodities, etc.; design and valuation of securities innovations; construction, management and performance evaluation of investment portfolios)
  • Experiential learning: Cougar Investment Fund
  • Large (and growing) Energy Finance curriculum
  • Large (and growing) Real Estate Finance curriculum

Finance Course Structure

Flow Chart of Finance Course Structure

Investment Banking/Corporate Finance Internship Schedule

COURSE SEMESTER
FINA 6A35 Managerial Finance Fall-1
FINA 7A10 Valuation Fall-2
FINA 7A30 Advanced Corporate Finance Spring-1
FINA 7A33 Mergers and Acquisitions Spring-2

Investments/Risk Management Schedule

COURSE SEMESTER
FINA 6A35 Managerial Finance Fall-1
FINA 7A10 Valuation Fall-2
FINA 7A20 Capital Markets Spring-1
FINA 7A23 Portfolio Theory and Practice Spring-2

Special Programs & Focus Areas

FSM Certificate / Cougar Fund

  • Experiential learning
    • Student-managed investment fund
    • Assets under management currently over $9 million
    • Overseen by faculty and professionals
  • Powerful training for:
    • Valuation Skills
    • Investor and Customer Interface Skills

Energy Certificates

  • Unique Curriculum
    • Combines high level finance and accounting training with industry focus
    • Students take courses with top-level finance faculty and senior executives from the energy industry
  • Specialized skills:
    • Energy project evaluation and management
    • Valuation of energy firms and assets
    • Trading and risk-management
    • Oil & Gas accounting

Finance Career Tracks

  • Corporate Financial Managers
    • FINA 7A10 (Valuation)
    • FINA 7A30 (Advanced Corporate Finance)
    • FINA 7A33 (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Investment Banking
    • FINA 7A10 (Valuation)
    • FINA 7A20 (Capital Markets)
    • FINA 7A30 (Advanced Corporate Finance)
    • FINA 7A33 (Mergers & Acquisitions)
    • FINA 7326 (Private Equity and Investment Banking)
    • Cougar Investment Fund
  • Portfolio & Money Management
    • FINA 7A10 (Valuation)
    • FINA 7A20 (Capital Markets)
    • FINA 7A23 (Portfolio Theory & Practice)
    • FINA 7321 (Fixed Income)
    • FINA 7A97 (Personal Financial Planning)
    • Cougar Investment Fund
  • Commercial Banking
    • FINA 7A10 (Valuation)
    • FINA 7A20 (Capital Markets)
    • FINA 7A30 (Advanced Corporate Finance)
    • FINA 7341 (Commercial Banking)
  • Trading & Risk Management
    • FINA 7A10 (Valuation)
    • FINA 7A20 (Capital Markets)
    • FINA 7A23 (Portfolio Theory & Practice)
    • FINA 7350 (Derivatives I: Options)
    • FINA 7351 (Derivatives II: Forwards, futures, Swaps)
    • FINA 7397 (Financial Risk Management)