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Financial Management

Our students gain sound financial practice and decision making skills that are vital for the success of corporations, investment firms, and financial institutions.


The lifecycle of a corporation hinges on its financial growth and management. Our students gain the knowledge and skills needed to engage the CEO and CFO of their organization in decision making, budgeting, and project analysis. Students are also equipped to excel in investment banking and stock portfolio management. 

Coursework covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • An examination of financial decisions within corporations.
  • How to raise money. 
  • How to develop stable fiscal structures.
  • Investment management courses that build skills in knowing where to invest, how to invest, how to monitor investments, and how to manage risks.
  • A review of international finance and how it affects investing and corporate decisions.
  • The management of real stock portfolios and focus on stock strategies, valuation, and managing actual dollar stock performance.

As students build an understanding, they have opportunities to apply their knowledge in many different contexts, using our framework for solving financial problems.

Graduates with a focus in financial management go on to work in large corporations, managing their firm’s internal and external financial strategies, as well as in investment management firms that manage portfolios and investment strategies for clients. No matter their career path, our students graduate the program with a comprehensive foundation in real-world finances. 

SunTrust Wolfpack Focus Fund

The SunTrust Wolfpack Focus Fund (the “Fund”) is managed by Jenkins MBA students enrolled in the MBA 524 Equity Valuation course. The fund was set up using a $100,000 donation from Central Carolina Bank, which was subsequently taken over by SunTrust Bank. The objective team is to earn positive risk-adjusted returns. 

Portfolio Background

The portfolio invests two-thirds of its assets in undervalued S&P 500 stocks and one-third in local stocks in North Carolina.

Steps to this approach are:

  1. Identify S&P 500 and North Carolina stocks for analysis. Students are encouraged to screen based on academic research to identify a subset of stocks for review.
  2. Perform rigorous security analysis using various valuation methods.
  3. Recommend stocks for fund investment.


Full-time MBA Concentration

MBA 521: Advanced Corporate Finance (3hrs)
MBA 523: Investment Theory and Practice (3hrs)
Electives (select two of the following)
MBA 522: Financial Modeling (3hrs)
MBA 524: Equity Valuation (3hrs) *P
MBA 526: International Finance (3hrs)
MBA 590: Private Equity Venturing
MBA 590: Advanced Investments

Practicum courses are marked with *P