Sample finance electives

Please note we strive to keep our electives as up-to-date as possible, but the exact courses on offer are subject to change and different electives are offered at each of our campuses.

Corporate Finance

This course expands upon the work undertaken in Financial Management with an emphasis on financial decision-making during times of uncertainty. It addresses issues in capital structure, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, financial strategy, application of financial practices to non-corporate entities, ethics, and international finance. Through case discussions and text readings, this course will help students develop the knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities, and behaviors required of managers. Although the main focus of this course is on profit-seeking firms, much of what is learned has applicability for organizations in the not-for-profit and governmental sectors as well.

Return Driven Strategy

Return Driven Strategy is designed for business leaders, investment professionals, management consultants, and entrepreneurs. This course targets a seemingly wide range of professionals because they all have one interest in common: What are the business strategies and activities that will maximize the creation of wealth, and how does one evaluate a business’s ability to do so? The course is taught in a comprehensive seminar format broken into modules of lectures, intensive in-group discussions and study, and class discussions. It is also one of the prerequisites for sitting the exam for being designated C.S.V., Certified in Strategic Equity Valuation.

Global Strategic Valuation

Traditional and advanced performance and valuation techniques are examined in specific relationship to valuation issues such as behavioral finance, competitive advantage analysis, business strategy, and execution. This course tackles guiding insights for fundamental valuation through macro theme identification, idea generation, bottoms-up analysis, and asset allocation strategies. Applications range from corporate finance to investment management to strategic business planning. This course focuses on the link between strategy and valuation: QuantamentalTM techniques converting qualitative understanding of company initiatives into quantitative forecasts and the ultimate impact on valuation – and the reverse. Learn directly from actual money managers, including hedge funds and institutional investors, and firms servicing them such as brokerages and consulting firms. Participants will have the opportunity to use proprietary data and technologies from actual firms that are not otherwise readily accessible, and will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of the capital markets and of what drives valuations, and improved decision-making.

Mergers and Acquisitions

How do you create corporate value by restructuring a company or by undergoing a business combination? This course focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of financial strategies aimed at repositioning and revitalizing companies faced with major competitive or environmental challenges, problems, and opportunities. Discussions will focus on debt restructuring, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, corporate downsizing programs, mergers and acquisitions, corporate spin-offs, divestitures, and tracking stock. We will also examine the players in the M&A arena and explore major deals that have impacted Wall Street. Emphasis will be given to the contemporary expectations and requirements of good governance, based on the roles corporations play in society, and the timing and principles of merger integration.
Note: Courses listed above are samples and subject to change; not all courses are available at every campus location.

Specialization: Finance

Designed with input from Fortune 1000 CFOs, leading academics, and a broad range of finance professionals, this specialization provides broad exposure to the world of finance. Understand areas such as corporate finance as well as developing your analytical and interpretive skills— valuable no matter what career path you choose.

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