Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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About the course

Every choice a corporation makes has financial implications. As a result, when defined broadly, every business decision fits under the rubric of corporate finance. In Corporate Finance with Professor Aswath Damodaran, students become familiar with this “big picture” of corporate finance while also learning the intricate theories and techniques that are crucial to maximizing shareholder value.

Over the course of 15 weeks, students will learn about risk, valuation, betas, dividends, and more, along with their real-world applications. The course will teach the reasoning behind major investing, financing, and dividend decisions and, most importantly, how corporate finance can be fun.

This course includes a free bonus course for students looking to enhance their accounting skills: Essentials of Financial Accounting taught by NYU Stern Professor Amal Shehata.

Program Takeaways

  • Corporate Finance Theory – Establish a foundation of knowledge in central corporate finance theories
  • Real-World Application – Learn to apply, in real-world situations, the techniques that have been developed in corporate finance
  • Comprehensive Perspective – Become familiar with the "big picture" of corporate finance and understand how the pieces of the financial puzzle fit together



  • Course Access – In order to access the course, you will receive login credentials via email on the start date of the course. Activation instructions for your login credentials will be provided.
  • Live Online Meetups with Faculty – Our live online meetups provide you with the opportunity to engage face-to-face with Professor Damodaran. Please note that all online meetups are recorded and available for your viewing at a later time. Missing a meetup will not impact your grade, however we recommend attending all sessions.
  • Workload – Please expect to invest about 10 to 12 hours of your time per week to course lessons, exercises, and assignments.

Week 1 - 4

Week 1

  • What is Corporate Finance?
  • The Objective: Utopia and Let Down
  • The Objective: Reality and Reaction

Week 2

  • Define and Measure Risk
  • The Risk Free Rate
  • Equity Risk Premiums
  • Live Q & A Session 1

Week 3

  • Country Risk Premiums
  • Regression Betas
  • Beta Fundamentals
  • Live Q & A Session 2

Week 4

  • Bottom-up Betas
  • The "Right" Beta
  • Debt: Measure and Cost
  • Quiz 1

Week 5 - 7

Week 5

  • Financing Weights
  • Earnings and Cash Flows

Week 6

  • Time Weighting Cash Flows
  • Loose Ends
  • The Trade Off
  • Live Q & A Session 3

Week 7

  • The Cost of Capital: Approach
  • The Cost of Capital: Follow Up
  • Quiz 2

Week 8 - 9

Week 8

  • The Cost of Capital: Wrap-Up
  • Live Q & A Session 4

Week 9

  • Trends and Measures
  • The Trade Off
  • Assessments
  • Quiz 3

Week 10 - 14

Week 10

  • Action and Follow Up
  • The End Game

Week 11

  • First Steps
  • Cash Flows

Week 12

  • Growth
  • Terminal Value
  • Live Q & A Session 5

Week 13

  • To Value Per Share
  • Value of Control

Week 14

  • Relative Valuation
  • Final Thoughts
  • Live Q & A Session 6
  • Final Exam
  • Final Project

Who should attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for participants who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience – Participants with all levels of work experience are welcome to attend
  • Job Functions – Ideal for analysts, financial officers, and portfolio managers
  • Prerequisites – Intended for individuals with knowledge of financial statement analysis, basic statistics, time value of money, and Microsoft Excel; additionally, students must have a desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection

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Aswath Damodaran

Biography Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before coming to Stern, he also lectured in Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Damodaran received a B.A. in Acc...


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