Corporate Financial Strategy

Learn to raise and allocate capital for optimal financial management.

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Corporate Financial Strategy

At a Glance

Open Enrollment
8 weeks
Total CEUs:
4 CEUs

Upcoming Dates

July Start

Students may register up to 7 days after the course start.

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Create successful blueprints that increase shareholder value by maximizing return on investment.

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The University of Chicago’s eight-week Corporate Financial Strategy course will teach you to evaluate levels of risk and rates of return on corporate investments and resource allocations.

Designed For

Designed for business executives who would like to acquire a basic understanding of accounting and corporate finance principles.

The Finance Strategy for Success

Organizations that thrive know that implementing a business strategy in isolation is not enough. Corporate financial strategies that complement business plans are critical to an organization’s success.

After completing the Finance course you will be able to:

  • Understand an organization’s four principal activities: conducting operations, establishing goals and strategies, making investments, and obtaining financing.
  • Understand the purpose and content of the three principal financial statements that organizations prepare to measure and report on the results of their business transactions: balance sheet statement, cash flow statement, and income statement.
  • Examine mergers and acquisitions, financial decision-making, debt, and corporate restructuring in a global context.
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Acquire the Principles of Accounting and Corporate Finance.

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Finance Certifications Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you recognize potential threats and opportunities impacting your organizations and use these insights to create and implement successful financial strategies.

You will learn to: 

  • Develop a strategic short-term plan for your organization and optimize capital management.
  • Gain knowledge of long-term financing and valuing equities, capital cost, and structure.
  • Recognize the time-value of money, risk, and reward.
  • Understand the decision-making process for raising and allocating capital.

Financial literacy course structure

  • Eight weeks in length.
  • Weekly, self-paced interactive learning modules and assignments are time-sensitive and should be completed by the set deadlines.
  • Synchronous sessions and live question and answer sessions.
  • Mentors will provide continuous support and encourage a dynamic and positive learning environment.

Weekly course schedule

Gain an overview of business activities and principal financial statements, and learn to evaluate business performance. 

Learn to read and interpret balance sheets, income, and cash flow statements.

Conduct analyses of financial statements, profitability, risk, and pro-forma financial statements and valuation.

Learn about corporate investment and financing decisions; calculating present values, net present value, and other investment criteria; and making investment decisions.

Discover the value of bonds and common stocks and learn to understand risk and return, risk and the cost of capital, and payout policy.

Gain a deeper understanding of  valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity partnerships.

Understand debt restructuring, corporate restructuring, and risk management.

Learn to evaluate financial markets and institutions, ownership, control, and governance, and to answer the question: do these differences matter?

Meet Your Instructor for the Corporate Finance Course

Our course instructor received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008 and has many years of experience in the world of finance, which she is ready to share with you.

Borislava Karageorgieva, Financial Management and Decision-Making instructor

Borislava Karageorgieva, CFA, MBA, PAHM

Senior Finance Professional and Instructor at the University of...

Borislava Karageorgieva is a corporate finance expert with experience in financial compliance and regulatory analysis, mergers and acquisitions, angel investing and entrepreneurship, and board governance. She has worked both in early-stage and in mature companies, and internationally.


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Career Outlook

Job prospects and the range of career paths in corporate finance continue to grow, particularly in the areas of corporate development, financial analysis and development, investor relations, regulatory affairs, and treasury.  Financial roles hold five of the top ten positions in US News and World Report’s Best Business Jobs for 2021 ranking: financial manager (#3), financial advisor (#4), compliance officer (#7), loan officer (#8), and management analyst (#10). Multifaceted tasks, high earning potential, and opportunities to work on high-priority projects in a forever-changed business landscape are just some of the compelling career drivers in corporate finance today. 

$ 106 k

The average annual base pay for a treasurer in the US 

35 %

The percentage of graduate-level business school students interested in a career in finance 

476.2 k

The number of new jobs that will be created in business and financial operations between 2019-2029

Potential jobs for Corporate Finance

  • Auditor  
  • Benefits Manager 
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 
  • Controller 
  • Corporate Accountant 
  • Cost Analyst
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Investor Relations Manager 
  • Real Estate Manager 
  • Risk Manager  
  • Treasurer 

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