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Students interested in finance can dive deeper into their target industry or function by completing an optional specialization during their MBA. Specializations require the completion of courses from a list that were carefully chosen by faculty and alumni practitioners. See below for the specializations offered for full-time MBA and FEMBA students. Students are encouraged to contact their respective degree programs to verify criteria and for any questions.

To read full descriptions of these courses, and for a list of all courses offered at UCLA Anderson, please refer to the UCLA General Catalog.

Full-time MBA students:

Kayne Investment Management Specialization

Corporate Finance Specialization

Accounting Specialization

FEMBA students:

Finance Specialization

Anderson Student Asset Management

The Anderson Student Asset Management (ASAM) program is a graduate-level program designed to teach MBA students how to create stock portfolios using quantitative methods. Students selected for the program as fellows are divided into teams, and each team selects an investment strategy based on research. Strategies are back-tested using computer models created by the fellows, and then implemented and tracked with funds provided by UCLA. The group currently manages about $1 million in real funds.

Students interested in the program must first apply in January and, if selected as fellows, must commit to meeting once per week for five quarters, starting in the spring. The ASAM program is open to both full-time and fully employed MBA students, and it fulfills both the Applied Management Research and Global Access Program capstone graduation requirements.

To learn more about the fund, visit ASAM.