Corporate Finance

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Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance

$1,936.00 $2,200.00 Save $264.00

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This course is offered during the Fall semesters, starting in September. (see agenda below for tentative dates)

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, 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.

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Online Learning Experience

Our online certificate courses are asynchronous with optional synchronous elements. Asynchronous activities are things you do independently, like watch videos and complete assignments, and interactions with others over time via email, discussion forums, collaborative documents, and other channels. Synchronous learning includes interacting with other students and faculty in real time. Our courses are designed by educational experts from our Learning Science Lab to deliver courses that are designed with attention to user experience, learning science, and video production to build immersive digital learning environments for business school education.

Software/Technical Requirements
  • Desktop or laptop computer (This program does not support mobile devices, including tablets and iPads)
  • A webcam and headset (preferred) or microphone for online meetups
  • Broadband/high-speed Internet (1.5 Mbps minimum/3 Mbps preferred) to ensure your ability to participate fully in online meetups
  • Operating System: Mac OS 10.14 or Windows 10 or later
  • Browser: Safari 12.0.2, Chrome 72.0.3626, Firefox 65.0.1, or Internet Explorer 11 or later

Certificates and Credits

This course is a non-credit, pass/fail program. To pass this course, you will need a cumulative score of at least 55%. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive the NYU Stern Certificate in Corporate Finance.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • 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.

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


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

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.


    Please expect to invest about 10 to 12 hours of your time per week to course lessons, exercises, and assignments.

Week 1: August 26

  • What is Corporate Finance?
  • The Objective: Utopia and Let Down
  • The Objective: Reality and Reaction
  • Define and Measure Risk
  • The Risk Free Rate
  • Equity Risk Premiums

Week 2: September 2

  • Country Risk Premiums
  • Regression Betas
  • Beta Fundamentals

Week 3: September 9

  • Bottom-up Betas
  • The "Right" Beta
  • Debt: Measure and Cost
  • Quiz 1: Friday, September 13

Week 4: September 16

  • Financing Weights
  • Earnings and Cash Flows

Week 5: September 23

  • Time Weighting Cash Flows
  • Loose Ends
  • The Trade Off
  • Live Online Meetup 1: Tuesday, Sept 24 12:00 PM ET

Week 6: September 30

    • The Cost of Capital: Approach
    • The Cost of Capital: Follow Up
    • Quiz 2: Friday, October 4

    Week 7: October 7

    • The Cost of Capital: Wrap-Up
    • Alternative Approaches
    • Moving to the Optimal
    • The Right Financing
    • Live Online Meetup 2: Tuesday, October 8 12:00 PM ET

    Week 8: October 14

    • Trends and Measures
    • The Trade Off
    • Assessments

    Week 9: October 21

    • Action and Follow Up
    • The End Game
    • Live Online Meetup 3: Tuesday, October 22 12:00 PM ET
    • Quiz 3: Friday, October 25

    Week 10: October 28

    • First Steps
    • Cash Flows

    Week 11: November 4

    • Growth
    • Terminal Value
    • Live Online Meetup 4: Tuesday, November 5 12:00 PM ET

    Week 12: November 11

    • To Value Per Share
    • Value of Control

    Week 13: November 18

    • Relative Valuation
    • Final Thoughts
    • Live Online Meetup 5: Tuesday, November 19 12:00 PM ET

    Week 14: November 25

    Week 15: December 2

    • Live Online Meetup 6: Tuesday, December 3 12:00 PM ET
    • Final Exam: Saturday, December 7

    Week 16: December 9

    • Final Project Due: Friday, December 13

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 3 reviews
    Valerio Ranciaro
    Extremely valuable!

    The course is challenging but exploring Corporate Finance with valuation guru Prof. A. Damodaran was, truly, an incredible experience!
    I praise and highly recommend this course, as you will never get a better opportunity of learning so much on Corporate Finance.

    Excellent overview of Corporate Finance in one course

    I had already heard about good courses via NYU Stern and that is one of the reasons why I decided to apply for this Course. I would say that it was really great experience plus great overview of Corporate processes in Finance for us with work experience. I believe that via prof. Damodaran course you can get great overview of Corporate finance, plus challenge yourself and explore more in depth with interesting materials and test your knowledge!

    Ignacio Hierrezuelo
    Challenging Experience but totally worth it

    It is amazing the quality of this course, it was challenging even for people who is working in the industry It has a proper mix between theory and practice and on top of this, you can interact with a highly renown professor in Finance.