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Becca Bilek-Chee ('18), Dimensional


In 2020, approximately 14.4% of UCLA Anderson students were hired into finance roles across a variety of industries including investment banking, investment management, corporate finance, real estate finance, private equity and commercial banking. Companies hiring Anderson students ranged from bulge bracket, middle-market and boutique firms on Wall Street, Los Angeles and San Francisco to investment management firms to major companies in a variety of industries. Parker has helped students land a median salary of $135,000, with 61% landing signing bonuses averaging $50,000.
Where You Want to Be
 
The following are some of the organizations hiring UCLA Anderson MBA students in finance roles (both full-time employment and summer internships):
The specific finance functions UCLA Anderson MBA students enter include:
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Management
  • Corporate Finance/FP&A/Treasury
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Commercial Banking and Lending
  • Private Health Management
Academics
 
Students interested in finance build a strong academic foundation in core finance concepts, including financial statement analysis, discounting and present values, valuation of bonds and stocks, capital budgeting and more. Students select electives based on their professional interests in the following areas: investment banking, investment management, private wealth management, corporate finance and private equity/venture capital.
Specializations:
Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Accounting
 
Sample Electives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • International Financial Markets
  • Financial Reporting and Equity Valuation
  • Business and Economy in Emerging Markets
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Managerial Model Building
  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Financial Institutions
  • Option Markets
  • International Political Economy
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Takeovers, Restructuring, Governance
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Global Economy
  • Money and Capital Markets
Rob Whirty
"The investment banking recruiting season is known to be harrowing for candidates, but with the guidance and support of the Anderson ecosystem, including classmates, professors, and the Parker Center, I felt very confident throughout the entire experience that I was doing the right things. As a first year student, I felt that second year leaders of the IFA and the ACT program, as well as Regina Regazzi and Francis Quimby (of the Parker Center) were willing to lend their time and expertise at any time of day or night, and helped me immeasurably. I feel prepared and excited to embark on a new career in finance as a result of trusting the process at Anderson."
Rob Whirty (’21)

Investment Banking Associate, Bank of America

Applied Management Research (AMR)
Sample Projects

  • Conducted an analysis of a boutique investment banking firm’s capabilities and limitations to build a strategic plan of action to drive business and refine its transaction process
  • Analyzed current market for M&A activity and prepared possible scenarios on strategic moves for a company in the memory and semi-conductor technology sector
  • Developed a business plan for an improved platform for trading securities derivatives for a leading financial services and investment firm
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Our Admissions Ambassador Corps (AAC) is a group of diverse student leaders who can guide you through life at UCLA Anderson and answer your specific questions about their experiences. Ambassadors lead live webinars on a regular basis and are on call to help you with your process.

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