Full-Time MBA Concentration in Finance

In the field of finance, during the past decade alternative investments have entered the mainstream. Among the key innovations have been the proliferation of hedge funds, a more prominent economic role for venture capital and private equity funds, the increased use of derivatives such as futures, options, and swaps in risk management, and the rapid adoption of structured products such as exchange traded funds (ETFs).

The UAlbany Difference

The Finance concentration prepares students for positions in alternative investment analysis of commodities, hedge funds, private equity, real assets, and structured products. Finance students receive rigorous training in financial theory that is reinforced through application in numerous project and case assignments. The concentration’s academic core covers financial management as applied to corporations and portfolios, with particular attention to the understanding of capital markets and the use of investment analytics in valuation. Emphasis on financial theory in the first semester builds a base from which students move on to the concentration’s main focus of alternative investments.

The finance sequence of courses is designed to give students the tools to become leading participants in the modern world of Finance. Internships give each student hands-on professional level experience in the analysis and valuation of alternative investments. A hallmark of the concentration is that each student prepares -- and presents to faculty and senior executives -- a research thesis, which integrates the tools and concepts developed in the Finance concentration core courses.