UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Corporate Finance Emphasis

9 Credit Hours

(All courses in this emphasis have BUSI 408 Corporate Finance as a prerequisite – minimum grade of “C”)

The emphasis in corporate finance focuses on a core set of skills in financial modeling, debt and equity issues, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, risk management, and financial analysis. Our students develop the skills and knowledge base to undertake positions in investment banks, commercial banks, financial consulting, venture capital and private equity firms, and corporate finance within Fortune 500 large-cap and mid-cap companies. There is a strong UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business alumni base in corporate finance, and this area has traditionally been one of the largest areas of employment for students.

The following courses are required:


  • BUSI 409: Advanced Corporate Finance (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 582: Mergers & Acquisitions (3.0 credits)


The remaining credits (for a total of 9.0 hours) are required from any the following courses


  • BUSI 456: Independent Study in Finance (3.0 credits) (subject to departmental approval)
  • BUSI 499-022: Behavioral Finance (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 502: Entrepreneurial Finance (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 516: Private Equity (GLOBE section) (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 517: Private Equity & Debt Markets (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 518: Applied Private Equity (3.0 cr.)
  • BUSI 580: Investments (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 584: Financial Modeling (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 587: Investment Banking (1.5 credits) (application and permission)*#
  • BUSI 588: Introduction to Derivative Securities & Risk Management (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 595 Advanced Derivative Securities & Risk Management (1.5 credits) (BUSI 588 is a prerequisite)
  • BUSI 600: Risk Management (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 602: Strategic Economics (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 618 Global Financial Markets (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 688   Applied Derivatives (1.5 cr.)
  • BUSI 692H/693H: Honors Thesis in Finance (6.0 credits) (Permission required by undergraduate business program director)


* Application and permission are needed to gain access to one of the undergraduate business reserved seats in an MBA course on the topic. Students should submit a resume and cover letter to the finance area chair or designate, according to instructions posted on the undergraduate business program announcement board prior to registration for the semester these courses are offered.

# This course is strongly recommended for the corporate finance area of emphasis.

For students seeking to substitute study abroad or any credit earned outside of the business school, a petition to substitute an emphasis requirement must be submitted via the online request form available on the intranet. If approved, a maximum of 1 course (or 3 credit hours) may apply to an emphasis.

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