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Finance is at the core of valuation creation and the entire management process in both public- and private-sector enterprises. Our faculty in the department of finance prepare MBA students to evaluate the risks of doing business and the prospects of earning a suitable rate of return. Robust coursework offerings emphasize a number of topics of interest to the corporate finance space.  This area of study is paired with offerings from our faculty in the department of accounting to offer a robust group of opportunities for the aspiring finance professional.

Finance Coursework:

  • FI 844 – Corporate Financial Strategies
  • FI 845 – Financial Modeling and Simulation
  • FI 846 – Financial Modeling and Simulation II
  • FI 847 – Corporate Strategies and Risk Management
  • FI 850 – Introduction to Investments I
  • FI 851 – Introduction to Investments II
  • FI 852 – Financial Derivatives I
  • FI 853 – Debt and Money Instruments and Markets
  • FI 854 – Fixed Income Instruments
  • FI 855 – Financial Derivatives II
  • FI 857 – Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FI 859 – Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FI 860 – Multinational Corporate Finance (IB)
  • FI 861 – International Financial Markets and Risk Management
  • FI 862 – Corporate Strategy Valuation
  • FI 863 – Corporate Restructuring and Governance
  • FI 865 – Corporate Real Options Valuation
  • FI 869 – Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
  • FI 870 – Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • FI 877 – Functions and Management of Financial Institutions
  • FI 878 – Commercial Bank Management
  • FI 890 – Risk Management (Listed as an Independent Study)
  • FI 891 – Topics in Finance- Speaker Series

Accounting Coursework (Recommended):

  • ACC 802 – Financial Analysis I
  • ACC 803 – Financial Analysis II
  • ACC 822 – Information Systems Project Management
  • ACC 841 – Strategic Management Control Systems
  • ACC 843 – Operational Management Accounting

Technology: Financial Analysis Lab (FAL)

Equipped with trading desks, real-time data feeds, and other financial trading room technology, this lab allows students to monitor and research portfolio holdings, develop investment ideas and recommend securities for purchase or sale.

Experience: Student Investment Fund (SIF)

The approximately $5 million Student Investment Fund (SIF) is a sub-account of the MSU Foundation portfolio, managed by Full-time Finance MBA students and select undergraduates, including scholars in the Broad School’s Financial Markets Institute. They manage the Student Investment Fund (SIF) as members of the college’s Security Analysis class.

Collaboration: MBA Finance Association (MBAFA)

This student-organized group offers opportunities for friendships and networking, doing business, and having fun. MBAFA sponsors a Finance Career Fair, the development of alumni contacts, treks to finance firms, the Finance Speaker Series, and an annual Chartered Financial Analyst promotion and seminar.


Our faculty prepare future business leaders and scholars for success in the fields of finance and business law and strive to be at the forefront of knowledge through their research, teaching, service and outreach efforts.


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