Top Business Schools for Corporate Finance 2019

The MBA degree and corporate finance go together like bread and butter. 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; these areas are all addressed significantly in most MBA programs.

Beyond core classes, MBA students who are interested in corporate finance roles would probably want to take as many quantitative-oriented electives as they can, in topics like accounting and financial analysis, for example. 

Indeed, 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. 

Post-MBA careers in corporate finance range from financial analyst to chief financial officer (CFO).

Chicago, Illinois 33 Followers 141 Discussions
Chicago - Booth

Booth’s highly-analytical curriculum helps grads land jobs in a variety of corporate finance roles. Typically, over 35 percent of Booth’s MBA grads go 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 Analytic Finance.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 35 Followers 92 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 35 percent of UNC’s MBA class of 2018 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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Rochester, New York 26 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. Over 34 percent of Simon’s MBA class of 2018 went into functional roles in finance or accounting.

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Madison, Wisconsin 18 Followers 46 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 36 Discussions
Rice - Jones

Over 44 percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into functional roles in finance, the highest percentage of all schools surveyed by FIND MBA. 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 78 Followers 127 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. Some 32 percent of the class of 2018 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 196 Discussions
HKUST - Hong Kong Campus

Forty-two percent of the HKUST MBA class of 2018 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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Boston, Massachusetts 25 Followers 34 Discussions
Northeastern - D'Amore-McKim

As part of Northeastern’s MBA concentration in Finance, students can delve into corporate finance topics through classes like business turnarounds, finance strategy, and more. They can also opt to focus on a corporate finance role as part of the MBA program’s corporate residency, which means taking away real work experience. Forty-two percent of Northeastern’s MBA class of 2018 went into functional roles in finance.

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Shanghai, China 34 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

The school publishes a range of research on finance-related topics, through several different research centers. Over 31 percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into finance roles. Students can opt to do an MBA concentration in Finance.

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Austin, Texas 40 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 2018 went into finance roles; this number was 37 percent in 2014

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