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Program for Women in Sustainable Finance

EmpowHER: Curriculum Guide

We have outlined the following curriculum requirements and recommendations to ensure that EmpowHER students graduate with a clear understanding of the skills and topics needed for a successful career in sustainable finance.

Comprehensive guidance on sustainable finance offerings at Stern and EmpowHER requirements

As part of the EmpowHER program, students must complete a total of 18 credits of course work and experiential learning in sustainable finance. Mandatory components of the EmpowHER curriculum included two foundational courses and one experiential learning course, which will provide students with a basic understanding of sustainable business and finance, and how the two topics converge. We then have recommended a list of courses that focus on sustainable finance. Please note that EmpowHER does not require students to complete the Sustainable Business & Innovation or Finance specializations, but they are highly recommended.
 

Jump to: Foundational Courses | Experiential Learning Courses | Sustainable Finance Courses | Sample Schedules | Other Finance and Sustainable Business & Innovation Courses


Mandatory Foundational Courses | 6 credits:

  • BSPA-GB.2304: Sustainability for Competitive Advantage | 3 credits
  • COR1-GB.2115 or COR1-GB.2311: Foundations of Finance (unless waived) | 3 credits


Mandatory Experiential Learning | 3 credits (Choose 1):

  • Stern Signature Project (SSP) focusing on sustainable finance | 3 credits | Note: Participants will take 9 credits of our recommended courses
  • FINC-GB 3320: Michael Price ESG Fund | 3 credits | Note: Participants will take 6 credits of our recommended courses
  • PADM-GP 4316: NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) | 3 credits | Note: Participants will take 6 credits of our recommended courses


Recommended Sustainable Finance Courses | 9 credits:

  • FINC-GB 2360: Sustainable Finance: Innovation and Trends in Capital Markets | 3 credits | Spring
  • FINC-GB 2375: Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitical, and Financial Risk | 3 credits | Fall & Spring
  • FINC-GB.2347: Climate Finance: An Economic and Financial Approach to Climate Change | 3 credits | Fall 
  • FINC-GB.3147: A Financial Approach to Climate Change | 1.5 credits | Fall
  • FINC-GB.3348: Investing for Environmental and Social Impact | 3 credits | Spring
  • FINC-GB.3148: Social Venture Capital | 3 credits 
  • FINC-GB.3355: Impact Investing in Family Offices | 3 credits
  • PADM-GP 2311: Social Impact Investment | 3 credits | Fall & Spring 
  • PADM-GP 4313: The Intersection of Finance and Social Justice | 3 credits | Fall & Spring 
  • PADM-GP 4314: Environmental Finance and Social Impact | 3 credits 
  • PADM-GP 2312: Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise | 3 credits 


Sample Schedules

Please note that these schedules are just a sample of how you may take Stern's sustainable finance offerings. You may take these courses in any order that you choose, as long as you follow Stern-assigned prerequisites.
 
Schedule with Sustainable Finance Stern Signature Project
Year 1: Fall Semester Year 1: Spring Semester
Course Name Course Type Course Name Course Type
Foundations of Finance* Stern Core / Foundational Course Sustainability for Competitive Advantage* Foundational Course
Accounting MBA Program Requirement Investing for Environmental & Social Impact Sustainable Finance
Statistics & Data Analytics MBA Program Requirement Menu Core Class Stern Core
Menu Core Class Stern Core Menu Core Class Stern Core
Menu Core Class Stern Core Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Year 2: Fall Semester Year 2: Spring Semester
Course Name Course Type Course Name Course Type
Finance-Focused Stern Signature Project * Experiential Learning Sustainable Finance: Innovation & Trends in Capital Markets Sustainable Finance
Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitcal, and Financial Risk Sustainable Finance Social Impact Investing Sustainable Finance
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
 
Schedule with Two-Semester Experiential Learning Course
Year 1: Fall Semester Year 1: Spring Semester
Course Name Course Type Course Name Course Type
Foundations of Finance* Stern Core / Foundational Course Sustainability for Competitive Advantage* Foundational Course
Accounting MBA Program Requirement Investing for Environmental & Social Impact Sustainable Finance
Statistics & Data Analytics MBA Program Requirement Menu Core Class Stern Core
Menu Core Class Stern Core Menu Core Class Stern Core
Menu Core Class Stern Core Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Year 2: Fall Semester Year 2: Spring Semester
Course Name Course Type Course Name Course Type
Michael Price ESG Fund or NYU Impact Investing Fund (NIIF) Experiential Learning Michael Price ESG Fund or NYU Impact Investing Fund (NIIF) Experiential Learning
Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitcal, and Financial Risk Sustainable Finance Sustainable Finance: Innovation & Trends in Capital Markets Sustainable Finance
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective Non-EmpowHER Elective Elective
Please note that these are just two examples of courses, you may substitute in any of our recommended sustainable finance courses for those listed.
 


Other Courses in Finance and Sustainable Business & Innovation

While the courses above will count towards your Finance and Sustainable Business & Innovation specializations, there are other course offerings that you can choose from after completing the 6-9 credits in sustainable finance offerings. Please see the Sustainable Business & Innovation specialization page and the Finance specialization page to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of your desired specializations. Please note that you can take up to three specializations during your time at Stern, but having a specialization is not required.

Popular course offerings in the Finance and Sustainable Business & Innovation Specializations:

Finance

  • FINC-GB 2302: Corporate Finance | 3 credits | Fall & Spring
  • FINC-GB 2334: Financial Service Industry | 3 credits | Spring
  • FINC-GB 3165: Topics in Private Equity Finance | 3 credits | Spring
  • FINC-GB 3173: Venture Capital Financing | 3 credits | Spring
  • FINC-GB 3182: Global Value Investing | 3 credits | Fall
  • FINC-GB 3320: Managing Investment Funds | 3 credits | Fall & Spring
  • FINC-GB 3331: Valuation | 3 credits | Fall & Spring

Sustainable Business & Innovation

  • BSPA-GB.2304: Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development | 3 credits | Spring
  • BSPA-GB.2306: Social Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Food Business | 3 credits | Fall
  • BSPA-GB.2308: Driving Market Solutions for Clean Energy | 3 credits | Spring
  • BSPA-GB.2331: Law, Business and Human Rights | 3 credits | Spring
  • ECON-GB.2346: Growth in the Developing World and the Global Economy | 3 credits | Fall
  • MKTG-GB 2323: Marketing and Sustainability | 3 credits | Fall