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Influencing Financial Policy
UCLA Anderson's finance faculty are world-renowned. Four have held the coveted position of president of the American Finance Association. Our faculty's backgrounds cover nearly all aspects of the field: asset pricing; derivatives; micro-structure; corporate finance; and investment finance. Their research is frequently published in the industry’s most respected publications.

Their findings have influenced policy and practice worldwide. For example, they have developed methods used in real-world scenarios to value securities and influence hedging activities. Their discoveries have also helped the banking industry determine interest rates. Our faculty members frequently consult with professional and government organizations, and they place high value on social responsibility, both in the field and in our curricula.
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For students with an Interest in Finance

MBA/FEMBA/EMBA Specializations

A specialization in finance at UCLA Anderson includes an examination of how financial markets operate, including how investors and money managers make portfolio decisions, how markets allocate capital to its best use and how risk and return are determined for various asset classes. The specialization also considers important corporate financial decisions, including raising capital to start and grow a business, evaluating and prioritizing a firm’s investment opportunities, deciding whether to build or acquire critical assets and managing risk. MBA students choosing to specialize in finance most often pursue careers in corporate management, investment banks and money-management firms.

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Master of Financial Engineering

The finance industry needs people who possess deep mathematical modeling skills and computational expertise. UCLA Anderson’s Master of Financial Engineering is a 13-month program rooted in the business school paradigm of merging quantitative finance theory and principle with up-to-the-minute business practice.

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Ph.D. in Finance

Students seeking a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA Anderson enjoy the highest quality academic experience in a congenial environment where top-ranked faculty are readily accessible. Approximately 10 percent of UCLA finance Ph.D. graduates have been placed in tenure-track positions at top five universities and an even greater percentage have received offers from them.

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Featured Research
Our Finance area faculty conduct research on a number of different topics important to the finance profession. Below are a few examples of our recent work.

Financial Constraints on Intermediaries Cause Asset Mispricing

Real-world bond data reveals how the capital positions and liquidity of middlemen affect prices of securities they broker


Mortgage Prepayments: Factors beyond Interest Rate Movements

A model estimates the impact of economic variables on the pricing of prepayment risk


Chinese Investors Learn about Derivatives the Hard Way

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam’s examination of warrant trading reveals individuals’ poor grasp of complex securities

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