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The Iowa MBA is ranked #1 in the world for finance by Financial Times.

You read that right. Number one. In the world. Your Iowa MBA will be respected, now and for decades to come, because you earned it from a finance powerhouse.

Why study finance? Because finance makes business happen.

Most people hear the word finance and think of investment banks and hedge funds. But it’s really about figuring out how to do things. How do you fund developing a new product? Hedge against raw material cost ups and downs? Manage currency volatility?

The Iowa MBA’s finance concentrations deliver a deep understanding of money, markets, and risk management. It takes your critical-thinking skills and natural talent for detail to new levels, empowering you and your future employer to “figure things out” and stay in the black.

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Investment management

Every good portfolio has a brain trust behind the scenes, balancing the assets with an optimal mix of risk and reward. That’s what IM is all about. Grads from this track pursue careers in investment banking, portfolio management, private wealth, and more.

Corporate finance

Accounting churns out the numbers and reports, but corporate financiers tell you what it means and how to make decisions with it. Careers from this track include financial planning and analysis, corporate treasury, finance manager, and more.

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Henry Fund Students

Henry Fund: academics meets real-world portfolio management

Our MBA-student-managed endowment portfolio, the Henry Fund, catapults your research skills, valuation ability, confidence, and comfort in high-pressure presentations. It also gives you fantastic fodder for interviews—can you imagine a better conversation topic than your stock pick that resulted in a fund windfall?

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What you'll study

Investment management

In addition to the MBA core, you’ll take:

  • Strategic Business Consulting or Henry Fund I
  • Financial Modeling & Firm Valuation
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Alternative Investments & Strategies
  • Putting Finance into Practice or Henry Fund II
  • Financial Accounting Standards
  • Two finance electives
  • Six MBA electives

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Corporate finance

On top of the MBA core, you’ll complete:

  • Strategic Business Consulting or Henry Fund I
  • Financial Modeling & Firm Valuation
  • Corporate Investment & Financing Decisions
  • Financial Accounting Standards
  • Putting Finance into Practice or Henry Fund II
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Two finance electives
  • Seven MBA electives

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We’re a CFA Program Partner

There aren’t many; just 36 in the entire country. But our status as a CFA Program Partner tells you that an Iowa finance MBA gives you a leg up on prepping for earning your own CFA designation.

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Finance students are members of the Finance Academy, whose business director can help answer any questions you might have specific to the curriculum, career paths, and academy.

Charles Fishkin

Business Director, Finance Academy
C450 Pomerantz Center
319-384-1970
charles-fishkin@uiowa.edu

Alumni Story
Wes Harrington

Pivot from business manager to investment banker

Iowa’s strength in finance attracted Wes Harrington (MBA11) the most. After consulting for clients, getting an internship and networking with industry professionals, he redirected his focus to investment banking.

“As an investment banker, you get to work directly with companies who are your clients."

He's advising clients and helping them execute transactions that are strategic and going to be really profitable for their businesses.

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