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Education

For students of the College of Business, the best way to prepare for a career in private equity is to take advantage of the significant educational resources available through the graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Below you will find a list of key skills that you should seek to develop in your coursework. This list has been compiled by private equity professionals, students, and professors affiliated with the Center. Current courses whose work typically includes applicable skill development as part of their program are noted. Undergraduate courses are typically 400 series or lower; graduate courses 500 or higher.

Accounting

  • Fundamentals of Accounting (ACCY 201 & 202)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCY 503)
  • Financial Statement Prep
  • Financial Statement Analysis (ACCY 517)
  • Forensic Accounting (Due Diligence Analysis)
  • Audit of Private Companies (ACCY 415)
  • Partnership Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation (ACCY 312)

Finance

  • Fundamentals of Finance (FIN 221 & 300)
  • Investments (FIN 300 & 311)
  • Investment Banking
  • Corporate Finance (FIN 321 & 521)
  • Sources of Financing (FIN 423)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (FIN 524)

General Business

  • Strategy (BADM 449)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (BADM 320)
  • Operations
  • Small Company Management Fundamentals
  • Leadership & Motivation
  • Business Law - Basics (BADM 301)
  • Business Law - Securities and M&A Basics
  • HR in Private Firms - Hiring, Monitoring, and Motivating (BADM 310 & 311)
  • Managing Growth
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Negotiations
  • Ethics (BADM 553)

Law

  • Securities Regulation (LAW 634)
  • Business Associations (LAW 633 & 636)
  • Corporate Finance (LAW 639)

LAS

  • Composition and Presentation (RHET 103, 104 & 233)
  • Introduction to Biology (IB100 & 101)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 102 & 104)
  • Introduction to Physics (PHYS 101 & 102)

Engineering

  • Business Principals (GE 161)

Private Equity

  • Fundamentals (FIN 490 and 580)
  • Structuring and Running a PE Firm
  • Business Plan Fundamentals and Assessment
  • Due Diligence
  • Business Modeling (FIN 419)
  • Business Valuation (FIN 321 & 419)
  • Pricing and Structuring Deals (FIN524)
  • Monitoring and Adding Value
  • Roles of Effective Directorship
  • Exiting
  • Technology-based Company Challenges (BADM 367)

 

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