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Girard School of Business

Corporate Finance & Investments

Meet Your Major: Corporate Finance and Investments

Finance, the study of money management, is the engine that powers all meaningful investments —how businesses raise and invest capital, how individuals invest their assets and how markets function. 

In the concentration in corporate finance and investments, you’ll utilize analytic skills to project earnings and conduct valuations; construct and manage portfolios; and assess an organization’s assets and liabilities to identify opportunities for global business growth.

What You’ll Learn

By concentrating in corporate finance and investments, you will:

  • Examine the key principles that underlie the investment and valuation process.
  • Strengthen your analytical, problem-solving and spreadsheet programming and projection skills.
  • Deepen your understanding of the dynamic global marketplace.
  • Access trading simulations and real-time market information through Merrimack’s Mucci Capital Markets Lab, which houses 19 Bloomberg terminals.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in semester-long internships. It’s your chance to gain firsthand insights into the financial marketplace and get a leg up on the job market at places like Goldman Sachs, Fidelity and State Street. Bonus? Become a member of the Merrimack Financial Group to increase your investment-industry insight and professional-networking circle through specialized events.

Career Options

With a background in corporate finance, investments and portfolio analysis, and training at Merrimack’s Mucci Capital Markets Lab, you can get Bloomberg-certified and be prepared for a solid career in finance. Positions may include:

  • Credit analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Investment banker
  • Mortgage analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Research analyst
  • Securities analyst
  • Securities broker
  • FX, equity and fixed-income trader 

What You’ll Take

All business administration majors must satisfy the college’s general education requirements and the following business requirements*:

BUS 1100

Introduction to Business

BUS 2203

Accounting for Business

BUS 2205

Principles of Marketing

BUS 2210

Management Information Systems

BUS 2213

Business Statistics

BUS 2215

Managerial Finance

BUS 2220

Operations Management

BUS 4402W

Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making

* ECO1201 and MTH1003 or MTH1115 are pre-requisite courses that must be completed by all business administration majors.

In addition to the core courses in business administration, listed above, corporate finance and investments majors must also complete the following six courses:

Required: Take All Four

FIN 3315

Corporate Finance

FIN 3325 


FIN 4431

Applied Corporate Finance 


Portfolio Analysis  

Electives: Choose Two

FIN 3500 

Fieldwork in Financial Coaching

FIN 4406 

International Finance 

FIN 4435

Financial Planning I 

FIN 4900 

Special Topics in Finance: Money and Banking 

ACC 3303 

Intermediate Accounting I 

ECO 3306 

International Economics