Top Business Schools for Corporate Finance 2018

Corporate finance generally refers to the activities that go on in a firm’s finance department, which can include everything from analyzing financial statements to managing capital funds. Many who aim to go into corporate finance jobs find that an MBA that’s heavy in quantitative and analytical curriculum can be a safe bet. Some students aiming for corporate finance jobs opt to do an MBA specialization in Finance, which can give them the quant skills they’re looking for to succeed. Even so, most MBA programs will include a fair amount of finance classes in their core curriculum. 

Careers in corporate finance range from financial analyst to chief financial officer (CFO).

Rochester, New York 25 Followers 39 Discussions
Rochester - Simon

Through the school's MBA concentration in Finance, students have landed jobs in Fortune 500 financial firms like Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. In the past, the Financial Times has listed Simon as a top-ten school for finance in its Global MBA rankings. Thirty-seven percent of Simon’s MBA class of 2017 went into functional roles in finance or accounting.

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Chicago, Illinois 30 Followers 138 Discussions
Chicago - Booth

Booth’s highly-analytical curriculum helps grads land jobs in a variety of corporate finance roles. Over 35 percent of 2017 MBA grads went into functional roles in finance. The student-led “Corporate Finance Group” is a great networking resource for Booth MBAs who are interested in the field. Students can choose to pursue Booth’s MBA concentrations in either Finance or Analytics Finance.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 35 Followers 90 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

Through the MBA program’s Corporate Finance concentration, students can learn the ins and outs of financial statement analysis, derivatives, and more. Some 34 percent of UNC’s MBA class of 2017 went into finance roles, an increase over previous years. Students can choose to pursue the school’s MBA concentration in Corporate Finance. 

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Madison, Wisconsin 18 Followers 45 Discussions

The school’s Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking puts on a range of events and helps students land corporate finance jobs. The school offers a specialized MBA in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, which gives students some practical experience through some corporate finance consulting projects.

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Houston, Texas 19 Followers 35 Discussions
Rice - Jones

Almost 35 percent of the MBA class of 2016 went into functional roles in finance. The school offers an MBA concentration in Finance; faculty members publish a range of research on financial topics each year.

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Ithaca, New York 73 Followers 126 Discussions
Cornell - Johnson

Through the school’s Managerial Finance Immersion program, MBAs can understand how corporate finance works in theory, and then through site visits and practicums they can see how it works in practice. Thirty-eight percent of the class of 2017 went into functional roles in finance. Cornell offers MBA concentrations in Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Investing and Financial Analysis.

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 30 Followers 153 Discussions
HKUST - Hong Kong Campus

A full 50 percent of the HKUST MBA class of 2017 went into functional roles in finance. While the core MBA curriculum touches on corporate finance, students can delve further into the subject through the Finance concentration. 

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Toronto, Canada 61 Followers 108 Discussions

Rotman MBAs who are interested in corporate finance can pursue a major in Financial Reporting and Analysis. Thirty-four percent of the class of 2017 went into finance roles.

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Shanghai, China 32 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

The school publishes a range of research on finance-related topics, through several different research centers. Over 32 percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into finance roles. Students can opt to do an MBA concentration in Finance.

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Austin, Texas 39 Followers 74 Discussions
UT Austin - McCombs

McCombs’ MBA program offers an MBA concentration in Corporate Finance that addresses a range of issues significant to the discipline. Some 29 percent of the class of 2017 went into finance roles; this number was 37 percent in 2014.

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