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Best Corporate Finance Courses ranked by Bankers (2021)

In Finance Courses & Certifications by Gaurav SharmaUpdated On:

Corporate Finance is the bedrock of investment and corporate banking. No wonder then that business schools spend a good chunk of the first year teaching students the basics of corporate finance. This knowledge almost always comes handy and is utilized in all aspects of running or managing a business.

For investment and corporate banking though, corporate finance is especially important. If you do not completely master this subject, success in banking is going to be elusive.

Corporate Finance covers everything from basic accounting, financial planning, valuations, M&A analysis, debt and equity raising, borrowing, lending, credit analysis, risk management etc. Everything a company needs from the finance department to keep it humming. And as a banker, its your job to provide these services to your corporate clients.

With that in mind, here are the absolute best corporate finance courses for you to sink your teeth into (detailed reviews follow):

Best Corporate Finance Courses/ CertificationsLearn More
1. Professional Certificate in Corporate Finance from NYIFPreview/ Enroll Now
2. Professional Certificate in Corporate Finance from ColumbiaPreview/ Enroll Now
3. Essentials of Corporate Finance from the University of MelbournePreview/ Enroll Now
4. Entrepreneurial Finance from Duke UniversityPreview/ Enroll Now
5. Financial Management from University of IllinoisPreview/ Enroll Now

1. Professional Certificate in Corporate Finance from NYIF

Why take this course?

  1. The New York Institute of Finance is an institution that has dedicated itself to educating bankers and financiers for almost a century. This course reflects that dedication, expertise and commitment. Once you successfully earn this certificate and put it up on your CV and LinkedIn profile, some of that is going to rub off on you as you signal your expertise and commitment to potential recruiters.
  2. This is an all-encompassing course that covers everything corporate finance. From financial and management accounting to credit analysis and valuations. From M&A and treasury management to capital markets, investment and risk management and everything in between.
  3. Ideal for corporate and investment bankers, coverage bankers, corporate finance executives at the analyst and associate levels and or even senior executives looking to make a switch. This is an intermediate level course.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: Around 60 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • The best corporate finance courses available online.

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2. Professional Certificate in Corporate Finance from Columbia

Why take this course?

  1. This is another excellent and foundational corporate finance course that covers the basics rather well. This course is essentially based on what is taught to Columbia’s first year MBA students, so this is as good as it gets. You will be learning what MBAs learn at Ivy League Business Schools.
  2. The certification is divided into three comprehensive courses that cover the basics of corporate finance, debt and equity valuations, cash flow analysis, risk-return etc. The course not only gives you a solid understanding of the core corporate finance concepts, it does so in a manner that is intuitive and self reinforcing.
  3. By the end, you should be able to use cash flow and other methods method for valuation, value stocks and bonds, compute returns for any project type, calculate residual value, understand capital structure, understand how equity and debt affect a firm, measure risk, calculate expected return and so on.
  4. Columbia is a brand that will add immense value to your CV. Recruiters have to sift through a lot of CVs and you need something that pops. Columbia is most certainly one of the best brands to add to your CV and an opportunity that should not be passed in my opinion. We really didn’t have such opportunities back in my day of being able to enhance our CVs with practically any brand in the world.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: Around 35 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Good for beginners and adding brand value to your CV.

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3. Essentials of Corporate Finance from the University of Melbourne

Why take this course?

  1. This is another great course from the University of Melbourne that provides a lot of conceptual clarity when it comes to corporate finance. This is a more strategic look at the subject and would be better suited for managers or bankers who have to make strategic decisions based on financial data.
  2. The course was created in partnership with Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) so it does have that extra real-world flair and it shows. Topics covered include tools of financial analysis, global capital markets, main and alternate approaches to valuations, strategic decision making for value creation, strategic investments and other CXO level decisions.
  3. The Capstone project that you have to complete at the end is a nice touch. It will provide you with some hands-on experience as to how this stuff is handled in the real world. You essentially take on the role of a financial analyst who is tasked with advising a wealthy client with a strategic investment into a listed, global business firm.
  4. This course is highly recommended for finance professionals at Fortune 500 companies or even those looking to transitioning into mainstream banking.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: Around 75 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Strategic level course suited for senior management, business owners or bankers.

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4. Entrepreneurial Finance from Duke University

Why take this course?

  1. Corporate Finance is not just restricted to Fortune 500 companies or mature businesses. A good chunk of companies are now startups that have a vastly different financial structure and capital requirements compared to mature businesses. And there is indeed a massive skill gap when it comes to running these businesses. That is the gap that is being filled by this course.
  2. The valuation of startups is or entrepreneurial ventures is a rather tricky subject and that is the first focus of this course. High growth companies can throw the best of assumptions off course and it is important to master the skill necessary to navigate this landscape. The financing options also differ ranging from loans, venture capital, angel investments and even crowdfunding.
  3. The course also has an advanced approach to risk management utilizing R programming to measure and manage risk. Even blockchain strategies are discussed.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: Around 32 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Recommended for entrepreneurs or bankers dealing with a lot of startups or high growth projects.

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5. Financial Management from University of Illinois

Why take this course?

  1. A comprehensive course that covers corporate finance and some additional topics that are also highly relevant to any fiance professional. This is essentially a compressed version of what you would learn during an MBA program (it is quite literally the finance component of Illinois’s iMBA program).
  2. Topics covered including financial accounting, investments, corporate finance, capital markers, financial decision making, financial management and pretty much everything else necessary to run the finance department of any corporation.
  3. The capstone project at the end helps to provide some practical experience and tops off a great insight into the very foundations of corporate finance. This is a meaty course with a lot of content, but all of it is relevant and useful for those interested in a career in finance.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: Around 160 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • This is essentially the finance component of an iMBA program.

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About the Author

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav started his career as a Corporate and Investment Banking intern at Citi in 2009 and eventually ended up as an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank’s Wholesale Banking division a few years later. By 2016, Gaurav was consulting FinTech start-ups in London with product development in the institutional banking space. He also advises mid-market Private Equity/ Asset Management firms and Banks in North America and Europe with investments in the financial services and FinTech sector. Gaurav writes on topics ranging from European Union banking regulations and FinTech to Blockchain startups and the inevitable rise of our AI overlords! He has an Engineering degree in Computer Science and an MBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing. He is also a Certified Financial Risk Manager.