Classroom study comes alive with experiential learning projects that challenge students to apply what they’ve learned for real client companies. The experience deepens student learning while simultaneously building skills employers want to see on a resume. Students often cite experiential learning as their favorite – and most valuable – part of the program.
Examples of past student projects include the following:
- Investment product analysis
- Asset/liability study
- Portfolio risk analysis
- Capital structure analysis
- Retail expansion or market analysis
- Division profitability analysis
- Currency, interest rate, or commodity risk assessment
- Value at Risk (VaR) analysis
The Experiential Learning Project was one of the most valuable and unique aspect of MS in Finance program at Carlson School of Management. The program secured excellent semester-long projects with premier hedge funds and investment firms in Minneapolis, offering hands-on experience working with seasoned investment professionals. My project with Houlihan Lokey was a contributing factor in pivoting my career search, as I gravitated toward fixed income and distressed investing.