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Part-Time MBA: Finance Concentration

MBA Concentration - Finance

The financial stability and results of the operations of an organization are critical to its success. This MBA concentration in finance provides the student the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to understand complex financial issues through the problem solving and practical application of case studies in financial statement analysis, forecasting, investments, business valuation, and global finance issues.

BUSG 571 - Corporate Finance (3 credits)

Corporate Finance educates the Chief Financial Officer in a small to medium-sized company and the CEO of a small company.  The latter is often the de-facto CFO.  571 utilizes cases for their close-to-real world conditions of ambiguity and complexity versus per-chapter textbook problems.  Cases start with the deceptively simple question "How much money does the Company need?”, evolve in their richness and interest, and culminate in a Harvard Business School online simulation of M&A in Wine Country.

BUSG 572 - Investments (3 credits)

Investments examines the “buy side” of finance whereas BUSG 571 Corporate Finance examines the “sell side”.  572 seeks to inform the MBA as to how to manage their personal investments as well as the corporate investments of their companies.  Students will study the two great ideologies of investing, the fundamental analysis school of Warren Buffet/Benjamin Graham and the index investing school of Burton Malkiel/Vanguard Investments, then create and manage their own actual stock market portfolios.

BUSG 573 - Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits)

Operating as the founding team of a startup, students in BUSG 573 Entrepreneurial Finance will develop a business concept, a one-page business plan in the Angel Oregon format, and a funding presentation in the format recommended by Guy Kawasaki in The Art of the Start, backed up by the necessary underlying analyses for  the startup to actually be funded.  Learning by doing will be supplemented by study of the learnings of successful entrepreneurs, venture investors and professors of business.

The course schedules are designed to accommodate students from several different cohorts. Students in the Saturday format will have a limited number of weeknight classes during the concentration work in their second year.

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