Corporate Finance - Oregon State MBA

Corporate Finance



The MBA option in Corporate Finance will provide training for students in financial issues at the firm level. These issues include the process by which companies raise capital, decide on a capital structure, implement hedging strategies and develop governance structures. The option culminates in a capstone course in the market for corporate control where students will develop the ability to conduct analyses and valuation of transactions in this market. Graduates from this program will be well-suited for careers in traditional corporate finance settings, as well as in investment banking.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the MBA in Corporate Finance will be able to:

  • Appraise the risk profile of firms; specifically, be able to estimate the costs of capital, including debt and equity capital using financial data
  • Analyze specific operational/financial risks and apply appropriate hedging strategies
  • Evaluate strategic alternatives available to multinational corporations to manage foreign exchange exposures
  • Identify and explain corporate agency conflicts and resolutions
  • Assess corporate capital structure choice and its implications on value and performance
  • Explain the process and economic rationale for transactions in the market for corporate control
  • Assess transactions in the market for corporate control using valuation technique


The Corporate Finance option requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including:

Core – 1

Corporate Finance

15 Credits
BA 513

Business Legal Environment

3 Credits

Provides the essential legal foundation for business managers in companies operating in the U.S. Effective strategies for managers to prevent and resolve legal disputes will be stressed. Topics include legal issues related to corporate forms, creating and enforcing contracts, reducing exposure to tort liability and the role of employees as agents of a business.

BA 514

Operations Management

3 Credits

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 515

Managerial Decision Tools

3 Credits

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance with the “hands on” technical skills needed to evaluate financial decisions within an organization.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 516

Creating Value in Exchange

3 Credits

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of marketing. The student will develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

PREREQS: Microeconomics

BA 517

Markets and Valuation

3 Credits

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student’s approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

PREREQS: BA 515 with a minimum grade of B- or higher.

Core – 2

Corporate Finance

27 Credits
BA 528

Financial and Cost Analysis

3 Credits

Analysis of the balance sheet and income statement to determine profitability, risk, and rate of return; preparation of pro forma financial statements; cost measurement for products, projects, jobs, customers, and markets; strategic cost decision making for pricing and resource allocation.

BA 540

Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Emphasizes analytical tools to measure and manage firm value, through corporate strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international expansion, and new venture development.

BA 550

Organization Leadership and Management

3 Credits

Organization-wide implementation issues driven by change. Provides a balanced view of the structural and human sides of organization design.

BA 555

Practical Business Analysis

3 Credits

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

BA 561

Supply Chain Management

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

BA 569

Advanced Strategic Management

3 Credits

Advanced integrative case-based course on the process of systematically developing and managing firm strategies. Topics are covered from a general management perspective and include setting corporate goals and objectives, analyzing external competitive environments, understanding business models, identifying strategy options, and designing appropriate organization systems and structure for implementation of plans. International and e-business issues are integrated throughout.

BA 572

Advanced Information Systems

3 Credits

The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics will address the development and application of technology to support linkages within the organization and outside the organization. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

BA 590

Marketing Management

3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of how a market-orientation can help firms to profitably deliver value to their targeted customers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, and case discussions, students will learn how to analyze complex marketing challenges, and make strategic decisions based on established marketing management principles.

MGMT 559

Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

3 Credits

Introduces students to contemporary issues managers face making ethical and socially-responsible decisions in an increasingly competitive, transparent, and global environment. Practical examples and cases, as well as contemporary behavioral ethics research and theory are incorporated throughout the course.

Corporate Finance Coursework

15 Credits
FIN 542


3 Credits

Introduction to the tools and concepts of security analysis and investments; basic security types, including stocks, bonds, options and futures, respective markets and to how these securities are traded; fundamental valuation techniques and theory for stocks and bonds.

FIN 544

Financial Risk Management

3 Credits

Investigation of financial hedging activities for corporations and financial institutions using futures, options, and other derivative securities. Identification of risk attributes, valid hedging rationales, and management of hedging programs.

FIN 545

International Financial Management

3 Credits

The goal of this course is to teach students how to become an effective global financial manager. To achieve this goal, the course focuses on important topics that include the fundamentals of the macroeconomic environment of international financial management, the financial environment in which a multinational firm and its managers must function, and the foreign exchange management and financial management in a multinational firm. Students will be exposed to business-related global issues, processes, trends, and systems inside and outside the classroom.

FIN 546

Advanced Corporate Finance

3 Credits

The second course in the Corporate Finance sequence. Examines corporate payout policies and capital structure choices, choices in debt financing, financial planning and working capital management, and valuation of projects using a real-options approach.

FIN 549

Mergers and Acquisitions

3 Credits

Provides an in-depth examination of the theory and practice of the market for corporate control, primarily focusing on mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of how to structure, value, and implement an M&A transaction. Students will be expected to apply the appropriate tools and skills to evaluate M&A transactions.

Elective Coursework

3 Credits

Advisor-approved graduate business course

3 Credits

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