Today the management of financial resources and the relationships with financial markets and investors are critical objectives for firms, financial institutions and other organizations. The strategic role of Corporate Finance has become increasingly important due to the greater attention that managers dedicate to raising capital, financial planning, risk management and investment activities. The current financial environment requires new skills and competences to keep up with the demands for successful professionals in these times of rapid change.
This program prepares you to deal with increasingly complex financial challenges, providing solid technical knowledge and skills, as well as the transversal competencies required to manage complex financial situations in an international environment. You will acquire a thorough knowledge of the conceptual and empirical tools to respond to emerging financial challenges and create new opportunities.
The Master provides students with 60 ECTS credits. It offers theoretical and applied knowledge through coursework as well as the acquisition of managerial tools through projects to develop entrepreneurial and soft skills.
The objective is to shape young professionals who want to pursue a career in the corporate finance divisions of large firms, in investment banking divisions of financial institutions or in financial consulting firms.
Learning methods and key courses
- Top managerial education
- Combination of lectures and labs
- Field project
- Analysis of Accounting and Financial Data to Support Investment Decisions
- Analysis of Complex Financial Operations
- Financial Planning
- Risk Management
- Valuation of Firms and Projects Techniques
The Master is aimed at recent graduates with a BA or a MS in Economics or other scientific disciplines. Students who are finishing their degree are also invited to apply. Fluent English and personal motivation are required.
The Program enables graduates to undertake career paths in a wide range of organizations, in positions such as:
- Company Treasurer
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Trader
- Investment Banker
- Lending Manager
- Private Equity Manager
The Career Service team supports student in defining their career path and in arranging meetings with public and private companies to explore job opportunities and do the Field Project. Throughout the program, the Career Service team offers:
- Individual Counselling: guidance for CV and cover letter preparation, interview techniques and contract negotiation.
- Ecareer Book: student CVs are available online to companies and institutions for recruitment.
- Business Presentations: conferences and meetings with executives to better understand the business world and the fields where they work.
The Field Project is the last mandatory part of the program which represents a great opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and competences acquired during the Master’s program. Each type of filed project helps students to accelerate their career advancement. Students will combine theory and practice, build professional connections, gain relevant work experience, strengthen their creative and analytical skills and increase their future employability.
The Field Project can be one of the following:
- Internship: From educational training to the job reality! Students participate in an internship that will follow the educational program. Each Master’s program offers various internship options with different requirements to work in companies and organizations.
- Entrepreneurial Project: Students develop their own business idea: from idea creation to the business plan and go-to-market.
- Research Project: Students develop a research-based project on a subject identified together with the Faculty.
The curriculum is designed to ensure and support the progressive professional and personal growth of the students. Students will benefit from a productive learning experience made up of lessons, case studies, group work sessions, and a high-level faculty of both academics and professionals.
During the Master, students will receive constant support from Career Service who will help them increase their employability in the labour market and aid them in the search for a curricular internship.
Induction week is an introductive week in which students can settle in and familiarize themselves with life on campus. Ice-breaking labs, seminars, workshops, and presentations will be organized for the students. Students will meet their classmates and will have a better idea of the services offered, as well as the curricular and extra-curricular activities planned.
- Quantitative Methods for Finance
- Financial Management
- Corporate Strategy
- Compliance and Risk Management
- Corporate Finance
- Fundamentals of Economics
- National and International Accounting Standards
- Financial Ratio Analysis
- Planning and Control
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Capital Markets
- Trade Finance
- Business Valuation Methods
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Corporate Banking
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Bloomberg Financial Lab
- Asset Management Seminar
- Business Restructuring
- Financial Risk Management
Learning labs focus on personal development. During the programme, students develop cross-functional and soft skills by attending sessions during which they will: cultivate intellectual flexibility; develop problem solving skills; learn to adapt in diverse situations; refine cross-cultural awareness.
The curricular internship is generally done at the end of the Master and represents an opportunity for students to combine theory and hands-on experience, coming into direct contact with professionals working in the industry. Career Services supports students in their search for internship opportunities, thus helping to broaden students’ career prospects and giving them the possibility to acquire the necessary work experience, increasing and improving their skills and expanding their business network.
The Master lasts 12 months and it is composed of 4 terms.
- Term 1: September – December 2020
- Term 2: January – Febraury 2021
- Term 3: March – May 2021
- Term 4: Internship
Scientific Director and Committee
Scientific Director Raffaele Oriani, Full Professor of Corporate Finance – Department of Business and Management, Luiss Guido Carli University Carlo Ferro, President of Italian Trade Agency (ICE) and Luiss Business School Adjunct Professor
Scientific Coordinator Pierluigi Murro, Scientific Coordinator of the Master in Corporate Finance – Major of the Master in Corporate Finance & Banking
The lab aims to help students to further develop the 10 key skills indicated by the World Economic Forum 2020. The lab is organized in collaboration with LUISS Business School’s Career Service and is divided in three parts: Personal Assessment, Workshop and Team Coaching focusing on Critical Thinking, Felling and Emotions and Relationships with People, and Assessment Center.
This lab aims to create an entrepreneurial framework and to allow students put to practice what they have learnt during the in class lessons. Students will learn basic mechanisms that allow the creation of a new business through a business plan. The lab will provide students with useful instruments to define a business idea, create a business plan, draft a marketing and fundraising campaign, and to define the organizational structure.
Social, Environmental and Impact Lab
The objective of this Lab is to sensitize students to current global issues. Students will have to analyze business cases and present creative and innovative solutions that take into account social, economic and environmental impact. Students will come up with ideas/solutions that will better and decrease the impact on a social/environmental and economic scale.
This Lab allows students to develop and acquire new skills using creativity. The objective is to help participants to create a work environment that values individuals by increasing personal motivation and favouring integration with other group components in order to obtain better results. Students will be divided in groups and will be guided through five sensory paths. Each group represents a creative team of a startup that is in competition with the others, and that has to use the five senses as 1) a creative tool to develop its products and 2) as an external communication instrument to increase its company visibility.
Digital Skills Lab
The Digital Skills Lab aims to increase the students’ comprehension of the organizational impact that the digital era has on businesses. The lab provides the necessary instruments to evaluate and identify digital processes, and it prepares students to have an active role in managing the new digital challenges. The Digital Skills Lab gives students the opportunity to acquire basic digital concepts by making a comparison between digitalization, digital transformation, digital ecosystems, areas and digital organizational functions. Furthermore, the Lab allows students to deepen their knowledge about digital organization.
Project Management Lab
The lab aims to provide the vocabulary and basic knowledge of the Project Management field in order to effectively contribute to various aspects of the planning and execution of a project. Furthermore, the Lab highlights the critical success factors of a project. The lab gives students basic knowledge of Project Management concepts, highlighting the fundamental differences between a project and a programme. Students will study the five group processes for the management of a project.
The objective of this lab is to give students the presentation tools necessary for the world of business. This lab is divided into three sections: personal branding, public speaking & pitching. The personal branding session aims to give students the basic notions regarding the use of social media in business, digital leadership and tools of brand management. The public speaking session provides methodologies for the management of stress and emotions during a presentation and the tools needed for public speaking. The pitching session aims to give students the necessary tools to elaborate a persuasive presentation in the work place.