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M.S. in Commerce | Academics

Finance Track

Careers in finance focus on matters of money, profitability, and resource allocation. A wide array of career choices are available within the financial services industry, including but not limited to capital markets, investment banking, asset management, wealth management, financial consulting, and transaction services. Each requires a slightly different skill set and offers potentially very different work environments. 

In the Finance Track, you will gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of global financial markets and systems, along with the critical financial, analytical, and decision-making methods and tools needed for success in the field.

Financial Management

Financial Management covers basic corporate finance, including cost of capital, capital budgeting, valuation of stock and bonds, working capital management, and international finance. Prerequisite: Restricted to M.S. in Commerce students.

Corporate Valuation and Financing

This course sharpens corporate valuation and corporate financing skills in a wide variety of cases and contexts. It is intended to extend the theoretical knowledge gained in Financial Management (GCOM 7060) to numerous applied settings, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, capital structure decisions, and leveraged buyout/private equity investments. Prerequisite: Restricted to M.S. in Commerce students

Information Management for Financial Services

This course teaches IT competencies focused on the fast-paced financial industry: 1) process automation (being able to automate repetitive tasks to increase individual productivity); 2) financial business intelligence (being able to access and manipulate information stored in organizational databases using commercial-strength tools); and 3) financial engineering (being able to design and implement financial strategies).

Asset Management

This course develops the concepts and tools needed to analyze publicly traded securities, and applies these tools to real world situations. The course deals with the nature of the securities that trade in the market place, the determination of securities prices, the relationships between these prices, and the optimal choice of a portfolio or strategy involving these securities. Prerequisite: Restricted to M.S. in Commerce students

Valuation Under Uncertainty

This course expands the valuation techniques to important aspects of corporate decision making, focusing on situations where traditional valuation methods are inadequate. For example, how do we valuate startups that have negative cash flows? When is the optimal time to invest in a positive NPV project? It also studies agency and information problems in firms and financial markets as well as mechanisms that can help alleviate those problems.

Special Topics in Finance

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Careers in Finance

With a concentration in finance, you’ll be well-prepared for career paths in in the financial services industry, including investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, wealth management, and financial consulting, among others. For complete employment statistics for M.S. in Commerce graduates, please refer to the Graduate Placement Report.

Top Hiring Companies

Accenture
Adams Capital
Bain & Company
Cambridge Associates
Capital One
Citigroup
Credit Suisse

DC Energy
EY
Goldman Sachs
Harris Williams
IBM
JP Morgan
KPMG

McKinsey & Company
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Oracle
PricewaterhouseCoopers
RBC Capital Markets
Wells Fargo

Finance Track

Alumni Profiles

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Sarah Colburn '14
Sarah Colburn '14

Backdrop, Co-Founder

"My M.S. in Commerce education has been so helpful in founding Backdrop. Exposure to so many facets of business has been pivotal: from crafting a personal narrative and learning to write emails and memos to touring factories and ports. They have all been a tremendous help throughout my career."

Thomas de la Hunty '18
Thomas de la Hunty '18

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Investment Banking Analyst

"My most compelling class was Investment Banking. This class is especially relevant to my career and contained an interesting blend of theoretical considerations and compelling case studies into famous moments in financial history, where we could apply the theories and topics learned to real-world situations."

Bryce Keblish ’20
Bryce Keblish ’20

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Capital Markets Analyst

"I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants an opportunity to rebrand themselves if coming from a non-business background."

Alexandra Lopez '16
Alexandra Lopez '16

Capital One, Product Owner

"After completing my economics major, I felt that I had a general, theoretical idea of business, but not what I needed to know in order to land a job, or succeed in that job. The Finance Track really taught me the quantitative skills I use today, and the M.S. in Commerce Program as a whole gave me the necessary experience presenting and actively contributing in discussions, as well as collaborating and working with others."

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