The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA curriculum integrates a strong foundation in general management with highly focused preparation in your chosen career field. You will begin taking courses in your career specialization right away. This early start gives you a competitive advantage in your career development, recruiting, and your long-term success.

The corporate finance and investment banking specialization begins with a foundational class on financial modeling and valuation. In this class, students build financial models from scratch and analyze industry-defining M&A transactions, such as Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. This class sets the tone for the program and prepares you for recruiting and internship success.

In your second year, you will collaborate with a team on a consulting project to engage in real-world business problems and connect with industry leaders. You will use your quantitative skills to analyze problems and present your recommendations to high-level executives.

Customize Your MBA With Flexible Options

The flexibility of the curriculum allows you to shape your course of study. You can also focus on an area of interest by pursuing one or more graduate-level certificates in topics such as business analytics, entrepreneurship, strategic innovation, and sustainability.

First Year

First Semester

  • Data to Decisions*
  • Financial Accounting*
  • Introduction to Financial Management*
  • Leading and Working in Teams*
  • Marketing Management*
  • Operations Management*
  • Financial Modeling and Valuation
  • Elective (optional)

Second Semester

  • Ethics, Integrity and Society*
  • Integrated Company Analysis*
  • Business Strategy*
  • Economics for Managers*
  • Security Analysis and Valuation
  • Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice
  • Elective (optional)

Second Year

First Semester

  • Multinational Finance
  • Applied Corporate Finance I
  • MBA Electives (2)
  • Elective (optional)

Second Semester

  • Applied Corporate Finance II
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MBA Electives (2)
  • Elective (optional)

*Core courses, taken by all Wisconsin Full-Time MBA students, provide a foundation in key functional areas of business and essential managerial skills. The curriculum shown is representative of the course of study; specific course offerings may vary.

David Hanley 

“I think the specialization model at the Wisconsin School of Business is very unique. I found that it really helps to prepare you better for a career and, in my case, a career in finance. I think it is different because you are able to get very deep into one specific topic, but you are not pigeonholed into only taking just those finance classes. At other organizations or institutions, you can take two or three classes and get a major or a concentration in a certain area. In the finance program at the Wisconsin School of Business, you are able to get six or seven individual finance classes. You get a very solid understanding of corporate finance and can hit the ground running as soon as you get out into the workforce. From an employer standpoint, that's why we're here—to recruit students who do have that deep finance knowledge.”

—David Hanley, MBA ’15
Strategy Consultant, Innosight