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Specialization Spotlight: Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

by Lisa White Monday, August 7, 2017

The Corporate Finance and Investment Banking specialization, supported by the Nicholas Center, prepares students for success as a financial officer, a consultant or an investment banker. The specialized program combines the breadth of management fundamentals in the first year and the depth of financial consulting projects in the second year, giving students a well-rounded graduate business degree.

Key Characteristics of Successful Students.

Students in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking specialization are often strategic thinkers who have passion for finance.  They have an exceptional work ethic and the ability to be a collaborative team member.

Roles After Graduation.

Graduates from this specialization become adept at researching and applying results with confidence in their roles as Senior Financial Analysts, Investment Banking Associates, Senior Treasury Analysts, Senior Business Analysts, Controllers, Finance Managers and Consultants. 95% of our grads find full-time employment with notable companies, including: Baird, Duff & Phelps, P&G, Ecolab, SC Johnson, Dish, Amazon, Intel, and Johnson Controls, just to name a few.  More information about career outcomes is available on our website.

Coursework that Creates Expertise.

The financial-fundamentals curriculum gives students a solid experience going into internships. A few of the specialized classes Corporate Finance and Investment Banking students are able to take include Advanced Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Security Analysis and Valuation. MBA students gain industry exposure at the highest levels, including international experience on global trips.  You can find more information about the curriculum on our website.

Applied Learning Opportunities.

Throughout the second year of the MBA program, each student works in rotating teams on real industry consulting engagements with public corporations, private companies, investment banks, and private equity firms. Students apply technical and theoretical financial tools and concepts to analyze problems, improve decision-making and develop recommendations, and finally present their recommendations to high-level executives.

Unique Benefits.

Our students receive one-on-one attention from our expert MBA faculty and Nicholas Center staff.  Our Board of Advisors and Alumni engage and further develop students’ advanced finance skills, and our students are a part of the global network of more than 41,000 Business Badgers.