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Texas MBA | Full-Time Program

Corporate Finance

The Corporate Finance concentration (along with investment management) covers one of the largest employment areas for MBA students in finance: corporate finance and investment management. MBA students graduating with these concentrations typically work as financial analysts or credit analysts in corporations, investment firms and financial institutions.

MBA graduates commonly start as financial analysts for corporations or associates in corporate treasury departments. Students in this area are often sought by management consulting firms. As financial analysts they are often responsible for: conducting analysis and providing recommendations on capital investments and financing alternatives; analysis of new marketing and product programs; generation and analysis of division and corporate performance measures; preparation and coordination of annual budgets and financial forecasts; analyzing and reporting on product and customer profitability; and the analysis of acquisition candidates. In a corporate treasury department, common duties include: financial planning for the corporation; structuring and arranging medium and long-term financing including bank loans and public securities issues; arranging funding for company capital projects; and assistance with the acquisition and disposition of corporate assets.

Curriculum Requirements

Required courses:
  • FIN 286 - Valuation (flexible-core)
  • FIN 394.1 - Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
  • FIN 397.1 - Investment Theory & Practice

Students should complete the above curriculum during their fisst year in the MBA program. Most remaining Finance electives have these three course as prerequisites.

Choose one course from the following:
  • ACC 380D - Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
  • ACC 380K.7 - Financial Statement Analysis
Any three elective courses from the following:
  • FIN 390.1 - Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FIN 394.8 - Financial Strategies for Energy Firms
  • FIN 394.11 - Financial Strategies (Private Equity)
  • FIN 394.17 - Advanced Valuation & Financial Modeling
  • FIN 394.7 - Financial Strategies (Raising Capital)
  • FIN 394.3 - Global Finance
  • FIN 394.6 - Special Topics in Finance
  • FIN 397.4 - Financial Risk Management
Additional courses may be approved on a course-by-course basis.

Total credit hours: 20
Faculty Contact: Robert Parrino

Experiential Opportunities

Hands-on experiences compliment, extend and continually refine classroom curriculum. Texas MBAs have a variety of opportunities to experience hands-on learning, some of which are listed below:

Student Organizations

Student organizations open the doors to relationships, leadership development, professional growth, increased understanding and just plain fun. Below are some student organizations you may wish to consider as you look to tailor your Texas MBA experience:

Possible Career Paths

  • Equity Research Associate
  • Financial Restructuring Consultant
  • Investment Banking Associate
  • Management Accountant
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Associate
  • Sales and Trading Associate
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Venture Capital Associate

For more information on career opportunities, visit our Career Management web page.