UC Berkeley's key location in the San Francisco Bay Area positions Haas squarely at the intersection of finance, technology, and entrepreneurship. The Bay Area is home to a thriving ecosystem of diverse firms, from investment banks focused on tech and healthcare clients to venture capital and hedge fund firms. You might find a Haas investment banker leading an IPO for a Haas CFO, bought by a Haas portfolio manager. From the unique and prominent Bay Area hub, Berkeley-Haas students gain access to other finance centers, including New York, Hong Kong, and London, and increasingly to emerging markets.
As a result of the school's ability to leverage its location, Finance at Berkeley-Haas is ranked among the best in the world. It features rigorous training from both top scholars and accomplished professional faculty, and is firmly grounded in real-world applications. Whether you want to work for a global investment bank or investment management firm, or to join the finance team at a tech start-up, Berkeley-Haas can help you to develop a critical path to your ideal career.
The finance curriculum starts with Intro to Finance as a core course, and then spans the two main streams: Corporate Finance and Investments. Finance electives cover many applied topics, including M&A, private equity and investment strategy. Courses will prepare you with deep fundamentals, cutting-edge theory, and current applications and trends in finance, as well as related fields such as financial economics and real estate. Many courses reflect a mix of traditional instruction, case discussion, group projects, outside professionals as guest speakers, and experiential learning.
In addition, student-initiated courses bring finance leaders and practitioners to the classroom for first-hand insights, and such courses have included the Private Equity Speaker Series and Investment Management Speaker Series. Experiential learning within finance includes the Haas Investment Fund BILD course (Berkeley Innovative Leadership Development). Similarly, the Center for Responsible Business offers the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund BILD course, and several clients of the Haas@Work program have been financial institutions or have projects with finance components. Student input on recommended courses is reflected in Electives by Career Field. The curriculum evolves and stays flexible, with new courses added periodically based in part on students' interests.
With a dedicated director in charge of strategic initiatives in finance and Career Management Group experts focused on managing financial services recruiting and advisory for finance-focused students, Berkeley-Haas offers students a broad and evolving array of professional development activities and opportunities to learn from and to interact with high-level alumni and other professionals in finance.
The Finance Group, in partnership with the Career Management Group and the Finance Clubs, also brings a series of Finance Teach-ins, intended to accelerate exposure to applied finance topics early on in students' first year. Similarly, a series of Finance Practitioner Chats brings groups of highly-focused students together with outside professionals, who have included investment banking industry group heads, hedge fund managers and private equity professionals.
Executive Director, Strategic Programs, Finance Group
Director of Recruiting, MBA Career Management Group
Annual Finance Conference Focuses on Volatility
Volatility and its ripple effects through the world of finance and investing were the focus of the sixth annual student-run Berkeley-Haas Finance Conference on March 9. Last year's event featured guest speakers including Preeta Das of the Wall Street Journal, Jason Kelly of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, David Lawee of Google, Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners, and Stuart Bernstein of Goldman Sachs.
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Berkeley-Haas finance faculty are internationally recognized leaders and scholars. Associate Professor Gustavo Manso was honored in 2012 with the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching for his corporate finance class. In 2010, Manso was awarded the Swiss Finance Institute's Outstanding Paper Award. He was also honored with the Review of Financial Studies Young Researcher Award in 2009. He is the co-founder (with Itay Goldstein) of the Finance Theory Group, an organization to foster theoretical research in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets.