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Programs/MBA/Financial Management

The Sprott MBA Financial Management concentration provides the necessary tools and concepts for those who want to excel in corporate financial management.

The success of an enterprise depends on the effective management of capital invested by shareholders and a proper corporate governance framework. Recent events in capital and stock markets have reinforced the importance of prudent financial and investment management for financial professionals.

The financial management function cuts across strategic, tactical and operational decisions, as well as functional areas that include accounting, operations, marketing and logistics. Financial managers require an appreciation for managing the day-to-day operations of the firm (working capital), in addition to knowledge of the implications of long-term financing and investment decisions, as well as a clear understanding of the risk and return trade-offs faced by capital providers.


Courses provide a mix of finance and accounting tools and concepts with linkages to firm strategy and corporate planning. A wide range of issues are covered that include: managing short and long-term capital, investment decisions, enterprise valuation, mergers and acquisitions, international finance, corporate governance, capital markets, financial innovations and managing for value. Courses are interactive and rely extensively on case method.

For course descriptions, please refer to Carleton’s Graduate Calendar

NOTE: The Web edition of the Carleton University Graduate Calendar is the University’s official statement. Not all courses listed are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for the current session and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at

Compulsory core courses (4.25 credits)

View list of  Sprott MBA core courses.

Concentration courses (2.25 credits)

Course Code Course title Credit
ACCT 5011 Financial Statement Analysis 0.25
ACCT 5012 Performance Measurement and Control 0.25
ACCT 5013 Public Sector and NGO Accounting 0.25
ACCT 5014 Financial Corporate Governance and Accountability 0.25
FINA 5511 Investments 0.25
FINA 5512 Valuation 0.25
FINA 5513 Mergers and Acquisitions 0.25
FINA 5514 International Finance 0.25
FINA 5521 Financial Management Concentration Integration 0.25

Elective courses (1.0 credit)

Electives can be selected from:

  • courses in other concentrations or
  • from the following list of additional electives in the calendar:
Course Code  Course Title Credit
BUSI 5106 Business Case Analysis and Presentations 0.25
BUSI 5108 Sustainable Business Development 0.25
BUSI 5906 Special Topics – (see below) 0.25
FINA 5515 Micro Finance 0.50
ITIS 5403 ICT for Development 0.25
TOMS 5303 Managing Projects 0.25

Two new electives have been added this year that were previously offered as Special Topics courses:

BUSI 5106 [0.25 credit] Offered F1
Business Case Analysis and Presentations
Introduction to, and practical application of, the methods and tools of rigorous business case analysis and the design of strategic responses, including the preparation and delivery of presentations designed to convince decision makers of the validity of the analysis and strategic response.

Prerequisite(s): None

Please note that in addition to helping you succeed in the MBA program and your career, the Business Case Analysis course (BUSI 5106) will be required for any student wishing to participate in case competitions. Sprott MBA students compete annually in a variety of case competitions which are supported by a faculty-led program called Sprott Competes. Case competitions are often a program highlight for participating students so we would encourage you to consider getting involved.

BUSI 5108 [0.25 credit] Offered F1
Sustainable Business Development
An integration of sustainable business strategies examining corporate perspectives on environmental and social issues, and the implications on stakeholder management strategies. Students will apply concepts of sustainable business development in analyzing successful and flawed organizational strategies drawn from current business literature.

Prerequisite(s): None

In addition we will be offering one new Special Topics course this year:

BUSI 5906 A [0.25 credit] Offered F2
Special Topic: Innovating for the Green Economy

This course integrates innovation management principles for sustainable products, services and technology development. The focus is on design thinking principles for economic, social and environmental innovations. Students will apply concepts of sustainable business innovations to formulate and implement strategies for organizations in the green economy.

Prerequisite(s): None

Students who have less than two years of professional management work experience must successfully complete the MBA Internship Program as a graduation requirement.

MBA Internship (1.0 credit)

Course code Course title Credit
BUSI 5999 Internship 0.25