Nikunj Kapadia A new master’s degree program will combine the traditional MBA curriculum with the specialized focus of Isenberg’s Master of Finance degree offering, equipping students to become pro
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Nikunj Kapadia

A new master’s degree program will combine the traditional MBA curriculum with the specialized focus of Isenberg’s Master of Finance degree offering, equipping students to become proficient business leaders with specialized expertise in asset management. The program’s first students will join Isenberg in fall 2024, and most will finish the dual degree in two years.

According to Nikunj Kapadia, associate dean of graduate programs at Isenberg, the on-campus MBA/MF program is positioned to help meet the demands of the global asset management industry, which is projected to grow by 34.7 percent from 2023 to 2030 (as indicated by a recent study from Grand View Research).

“The MBA/MF dual degree promises a comprehensive, real-world education delivered by faculty experts in the field,” he says. “This immersive residential program fosters a close-knit community and provides individualized career support and equips students with the skills necessary to lead in the dynamic asset management industry.”

In the initial year, MBA/MF students will integrate into the on-campus MBA cohort, engaging in the core MBA curriculum to establish a robust foundation across various business domains and skills. Classes cover all the bases, from Operations and Statistics to Marketing Strategy, Human Resources and Corporate Finance. During the spring semester of the first year, students take on a practicum, which provides an immersive consulting opportunity working with a real company. 

In the second year, students will be immersed in the Master of Finance curriculum, building essential skills required for financial analysis across a wide range of asset classes, including equity, fixed income, and derivative markets. The degree also allows for a specialization in alternative assets or real estate. Upon completion of their finance courses, students re-join the MBA cohort for culminating courses in Organization Strategy and Leadership.

The MBA/MF dual degree is also STEM-designated, enabling international students the opportunity to extend their time in the U.S. and gain practical work experience through internships and full-time positions. Isenberg’s Office of Career Success complements this by offering students the professional development needed to secure their career path.

Learn more about the MBA/MF dual degree.

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