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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Focus your MBA for a career in finance.

The Isenberg MBA with a Focus in Finance offers finance elective courses for individuals interested in a career in asset management, investment banking, alternative investments, real estate, venture capital, or consulting.

Note: The focus area is only listed on your transcript, not on your diploma.

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Focus Requirements

MBA students are required to complete a total of 9 elective credits to establish an optional focus area. Students can complete a focus in finance by choosing all 9 credits from the asset management courses listed below, or by selecting a combination of asset management courses and courses in the specialty areas of alternative investments or real estate. Please note that some classes have pre-requisites. Connect with your Academic Advisor for additional details.

Asset Management

  • Quantitative Trading Strategies
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Managing the Managers: Asset Allocation, Funds of Hedge Funds & Due Diligence
  • Data Science for Finance
  • Business Application Development
  • Negotiations Theory & Practice
  • Project Management
  • Data Management for Business Leaders

      Specialty-area: Alternative Investments

  • Alternative Investments
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

     Specialty-area: Real Estate

  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Real Assets: Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Beyond
  • Advanced Real Estate Investment & Analysis


Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
On-Campus MBA Fall Start
Early Action Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
November 1 December 1 February 1 April 1 (U.S. applicants only)


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