University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management

MBA Program: Finance 

The MBA Program at UCR

MBA Program Finance Courses and Future Career Paths

Students in the MBA program wishing to pursue careers in finance are advised to follow one of two tracks: Investments or Corporate Finance. The Investments track focuses on investment analysis, stock returns, derivatives and financial analytics and is most helpful for careers in capital markets, wealth management, investment banking, hedge funds, and commercial banking. The Corporate Finance focuses on management decisions such as those made by the CFO and is helpful for careers in corporate treasury departments, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and consulting. Students considering a Ph.D. in finance should take MGT 295F and MGT 295G.  In addition to the finance electives listed below, students should consider electives related to databases, decision-making, business statistics and accounting, such as MGT 221, 230, 236, 239, 245, 256, and 267. STAT 206 is useful for learning statistical computing using SAS or R.

Core courses relevant to both the Investments and Corporate Finance tracks: 

MGT 201 - Quantitative Analysis (pre-requisite for MGT 202, MGT 227)

MGT 211 – Financial Accounting (pre-requisite for MGT 202)

MGT 202 - Financial Management (pre-requisite for MGT 213, 231, 232, 237, 244, 252, 268, 276)

MGT 203 – Economics

MBA students interested in finance careers are recommended to take MGT 201, 211 and 202 at the earliest possible opportunity.

Highly Recommended courses for both tracks:

MGT 252 – Investments and Portfolio Management

MGT 231 – Corporate Finance

MGT 252 and MGT 231 are considered the most important electives offered in the area of finance.

Finance elective courses for the Investments track:

MGT 213 –  Trading Strategies (Previously taught as MGT 274 Special Topics – Trading Strategies)

MGT 227 –  Fixed Income

MGT 232 –  Derivatives

MGT 237 –  International Finance                                                      

MGT 244 –  Risk Management

MGT 252 –  Investments and Portfolio Management

MGT 295F – Empirical Methods in Finance

Finance elective courses for the Corporate Finance track:

MGT 231 –  Corporate Finance

MGT 237 –  International Finance

MGT 244 -  Risk Management

MGT 268 –  Entrepreneurial Finance

MGT 274 –  Special Topics in Finance (Fall 2017 - Bankruptcy)

MGT 276 –  Financial Strategy and Corporate Control

MGT 295G – Corporate Finance


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