In 2018, approximately 23% 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 major companies in a variety of industries. Parker has helped students land a median salary of $125,000, with 58% landing signing bonuses averaging $39,000.
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:
Real Estate Finance
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Commercial Banking and Lending
Private Health Management
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.
"Making the transition into investment banking was daunting at first. But the programming at Anderson helped me get up to speed quickly and made me more comfortable with the recruiting process. This allowed me to simply be myself and find the right landing spot for my future."
Brian Busick (’18)
Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
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