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Why Corporate Finance?

Maximize the value of any business, small and large, public and private and across all sectors by learning the tools, methods, and techniques of corporate finance.

More than a Collection of Equations, Metrics and Models

Corporate Finance is a set of first principles that govern how businesses run. It is a study of how businesses should make financial decisions - ranging from investment choices to assessing the right mix of debt and equity.

About the Course

The NYU Stern Certificate in Corporate Finance is a pilot course that will soon be offered by NYU Stern. By participating in the pilot of this course you will have the opportunity to be the first to take part in this unique offering.

The course unfolds over 15 weeks, with new topics released each week. Every other week, Professor Damodaran will hold a live online Q&A session with the other participants in the course. It’s your opportunity to ask questions, hear from Professor Damodaran on current events, and interact with your fellow students. If you can’t make one of the sessions, each will be recorded and made available to you to watch at a later date.

Finally, students will complete three multiple choice quizzes, a final project, and a multiple choice final exam. Successful completion of the course results in an NYU Stern Certificate in Corporate Finance. Students will receive both a digital certificate and badge.

The course outline provides further information on the schedule.

About Aswath Damodaran

Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before coming to Stern, he also lectured in Finance at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Damodaran's contributions to the field of Finance have been recognized many times over. He has been the recipient of Giblin, Glucksman, and Heyman Fellowships, a David Margolis Teaching Excellence Fellowship, and the Richard L. Rosenthal Award for Innovation in Investment Management and Corporate Finance.

In addition to a myriad of publications in academic journals, Professor Damodaran is the author of several highly-regarded and widely-used academic texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Investment Management.

Audience

Proficiency and knowledge of basic accounting and the principles of finance are required. But beyond that, this certificate course is for analysts, financial officers, and portfolio managers seeking a deeper understanding of Corporate Finance, and the skills and knowledge to confidently make financial decisions.

There are three fundamental skills you should bring to class on day one:

Professor Damodaran has prepared three primers on each subject to help you prepare for the course. It is strongly recommended that everyone taking the course familiarize themselves with this material.

Basic Statistics

It would help if you had an understanding of basic statistics, from how to summarize data (with statistical moments) to how to analyze relationships between variables (correlation and regression).

Read the Statistics Primer

Financial Statement Analysis

Since the raw data for valuation comes from financial statements, being able to read financial statements (income statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flows) will help a great deal when you actually have to value companies.

Read the Financial Statements Primer

Time Value of Money

Understanding why there is a time value for money and being able to move cash flows across time (by discounting and compounding) is an essential component of valuation. This may be as simple as understanding how to use present value equations or functions.

Read the Time Value of Money Primer