Finance Concentration

Primary Concentration

The concentration in finance consists of five advanced courses1 for a total of 15 credits. Courses are recommened to be selected based on a specialization, as detailed in the next page. 

FNGB 7421 Prins of Modern Finance is a prerequisite course for many advanced-level courses and is strongly recommended. 

Secondary Concentration

The secondary concentration consists of any three advanced level courses1 from the finance area, for a total of nine credits.


Courses can be any class with the code FNGB that is a 7000 level or above. A list of courses can be found in the academic areas page.

Specializations represent groups of courses that reflect the interests of students pursuing particular careers. They are not formal requirements, but they represent the general recommendation of the faculty for pursuing particular career areas.

Corporate Financial Management

Appropriate for students interested in corporate financing decisions and financial analysis.

Course Title Credits
FNGB 7421Prins of Modern Finance3
FNGB 7422Corporate Finance3
FNGB 7423Mergers, Acquisitions, and LBOs3
Two courses from this list6
Venture Capital Financing
Investment Banking
Global Risk Management
Total Credits15

Investment Management

Intended for students interested in the evaluation of securities and non-financial assets, portfolio management, and trading in financial markets.

Course Title Credits
FNGB 7421Prins of Modern Finance3
FNGB 7431Options and Futures Markets3
FNGB 7433Fixed Income Analysis3
FNGB 7460Portfolio Management3
One additional course3
Total Credits15

Students considering a career in investment management should be aware of the importance of obtaining their Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. The CFA is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a series of examinations on ethical, financial, economic, legal, fixed income, and equity valuation and portfolio-management issues. Details of the CFA program can be obtained from the finance faculty. Graduate business courses included in the investment management specialization cover many topics required for the CFA tests.

Completion of the MBA concentration in Finance does not directly grant CFA professional licensure in any State or territory. CFA Institute eligibility requirements requires that a candidate must have a bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree, or be in the final year of his or her bachelor’s degree program at the time of registration. Enrollment in the CFA Program or registration for any level of the exam are found at the CFA website: The final CFA Charterholder designation requires successfully passing all three levels, (Levels I, II, III) of the exam, and meet the experience requirement specified by the CFA Institute.

To learn more about the CFA charter, please refer to the CFA Institute website.

Management of Financial Institutions

Suggested for students interested in careers in banking.

Course Title Credits
FNGB 7415Credit Management3
FNGB 7441Money Credit Interest Rates3
Special Topics courses, for example:9
Global Risk Management
Total Credits15

International Finance

Designed for students seeking careers with multinational companies and international financial organizations.

Course Title Credits
FNGB 7455Global Finance3
FNGB 7458Contemp Issues Globl Fin3
Three additional advanced courses. For example:9
Global Financial Markets
Global Corp Governance
Global Risk Management
Adv Global Portfolio Mgt
Fintech Compliance- Asia to Us
Global Equity Portfolio Management
Raising Capital and Investing in Global Financial Markets
Global Financial Markets
Total Credits15

Real Estate Finance

Structured for those pursuing careers in real estate development, underwriting, and institutional acquisitions.

Course Title Credits
FNGB 7421Prins of Modern Finance3
FNGB 7470Real Estate Finance3
Three additional advanced finance courses. For example:9
Real Estate Capital Markets
Total Credits15