The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA curriculum integrates a strong foundation in general management with highly focused preparation. You will begin taking courses in your finance 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.

Angela Lee 

“Diving into classes in my specialization in year one offered a great advantage. One of my favorites was Finance 765: Contemporary Topics which presented constructive step-by-step modeling skills and knowledge around a merger and acquisition deal. It exposed me to the investment banking world and improved my Excel modeling skills, which I applied in my finance internship. I developed a financial model later implemented throughout the company.”

—Angela Lee, MBA ’20
Treasury Accounting Analyst, eBay