Rutgers MBA in Finance
My Passion is Finance - Amit, Rutgers MBA '13
A Rutgers MBA concentration in finance is designed to provide students with competence in a broad set of skills, preparing them to move into executive positions in such financial service industries as banking, hedge funds and insurance and to hold corporate finance positions at consumer, healthcare and a variety of other types of companies.
Geographically situated at the center of global business, RBS has direct access to the top executives leading the world’s largest banks and financial institutions who serve as guest speakers and hire Rutgers grads. Finance focuses on all aspects of money management, such as investment, collection, disbursement, borrowing, and fund-raising. Finance graduates prepare financial reports needed to conduct operations and to satisfy tax and regulatory requirements. Graduates also oversee the flow of cash and investments, and develop information to assess the present and future financial status of an organization.
Finance MBA students can attend classes at Rutgers Business School in Newark or on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway, where Rutgers Business School opened a corporate headquarters-like building in 2013. In Newark, students have access to a state-of-the-art financial analysis center, enabling them to do security and corporate financial analysis, learn portfolio management and obtain an understanding of dealer markets. Students can also choose to concentrate in finance whether they enter the full-time or the part-time MBA program.
In addition to the Full-Time or Flex (part-time) core MBA curriculum requirements, Full-Time and Flex MBA candidates pursuing a finance concentration must take five intensive courses of their choice at either the Newark or New Brunswick campuses.
The core courses are the building blocks upon which the rest of the MBA program stands. The objective is to have students well prepared for their advanced courses and encourage and support the high performance of our students. With that in mind, the Department of Finance and Economics recommends that faculty teaching core courses, including Managerial Economics, Aggregate Economics and Financial Management, evaluate their students by using examinations and other assignments that are highly demanding so that they reveal the differential performance of students. To specially reward the good student, the department has established the following grading policy for MBA core courses: The total of A’s and B’s awarded is not to exceed 75 percent of the total number of students taking the class. The A's may be awarded to no more than 25 percent of the class.
The faculty includes award-winning professors such as Ivan Brick, Farrokh Langdana, John Longo and Ben Sopranzetti as well as instructors like Steve Dym, Arthur Guarino and Jim Winder, who bring years of insight from the corporate world into the classroom. The department is also strengthened by leading finance scholars, including Michael Crew, Serdar Dinc, Simi Kedia, C.F. Lee, Darius Palia and Vikram Nanda.
With easy access to New York City from either campus, students benefit from alumni connections and internship opportunities on Wall Street. Rutgers Business School’s Financial Alumni Network continues to strengthen those connections through its tradition of hosting semi-annual networking events for current finance students and alumni. The connections can become a powerful advantage: Students who graduate with a Rutgers MBA in finance land jobs at many of the nation’s leading companies, including Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Chase, Prudential Financial, State Farm Insurance, BNY Mellon and pharmaceutical giants like Merck.
Rutgers MBA students concentrating on finance have proven that their knowledge and education makes them stand out among the sharpest student minds in the world. In the CFA Institute’s 2011 Global Investment Research Challenge, Rutgers won the regional final over 15 schools, including Yale, NYU and Cornell, and then went on to place second in the finals against students from hundreds of schools from around the world. In 2014, another team from Rutgers, which included two MBA students, advanced to the regional finals of the CFA Institute’s Global Investment Research Challenge.
Curriculum and Course Descriptions
The Finance MBA curriculum is the same for both Traditional Full-Time MBA and Flex MBA students (who started in Spring 2009 or later).
- Finance MBA Curriculum (Traditional FT MBA & Flex MBA students)
- Finance MBA Curriculum (Flex MBA students who started prior to Spring 2009)
This concentration is managed by the Department of Finance and Economics, which is also home to the Pharmaceutical Management MBA concentration (managed by the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center for the Study of Pharmaceutical Management Issues).