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Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Corporate Finance

Sep 9, 2019—Jan 3, 2020
USD 2200

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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


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

  • 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

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

Week 9

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

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.


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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Sep 9, 2019—Jan 3, 2020
USD 2200

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