Corporate Financial Strategy

Learn to raise and allocate capital for optimal financial management.

Corporate Financial Strategy

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Open Enrollment
8 weeks
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Upcoming Dates

February 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 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 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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What Successfully Complements a Business Plan?

Learn to recognize potential threats and opportunities, and to create and implement impactful financial strategies.

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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

Remote Course Learning 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

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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

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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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