Corporate Finance

Course 7 of 7: MBA Core Curriculum MicroMasters 7 Weeks 8 - 10 hours each week recommended

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About this course

Successful business leaders are good at spotting high-value strategic initiatives for their organizations, raising the capital necessary to fund them, and knowing when to forego or walk away from low-value activities. In other words, the best business leaders are experts at maximizing the value of a company’s financial, human, and material resources. This highly-prized ability, although remarkable, is borne out of an application of the core principles of finance, that anyone can learn.

In this course, you will learn about the structure of financial markets, the techniques and language of finance, and the various responsibilities of the corporate financial manager. You will also learn what creates shareholder value, how to value corporate securities, how to analyze risk-return, and the financial techniques for evaluating corporate investments.


What you’ll learn

  • How firms finance their operations and fund growth
  • Financial techniques for improving decision-making
  • How to use the concepts and terminology of finance and speak the language of a CFO

Meet Your Instructors

Susan White

Clinical Professor of Finance at University of Maryland Susan White is a Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, teaching corporate finance for undergraduates and MBAs. She received my undergraduate degree from Brown University, MBA from Binghamton University and PhD in finance from the University of Texas, Austin.

Michael Faulkender

Professor of Finance, Associate Dean of Masters’ Programs at University of Maryland Dr. Michael Faulkender is the Associate Dean of Masters Programs and a Professor of Finance at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. As Associate Dean, he oversees the Full-time, Part-time, Online, and Executive MBA programs as well as the eight Specialty Masters Programs offered by the Smith School.


7 Weeks

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University System of Maryland

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Business & Management
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