One Semester. A Wealth of Opportunity.

Equity analyst. Private wealth manager. Investment consultant. These are just a few of the many exciting career paths you might take if you’re interested in financial research and advising. 

Part of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management’s full-time, two-year MBA program, the investment research and asset management immersion offers in-depth and hands-on training in financial modeling and analysis within a single semester.


Immersion Overview: What to Expect

If you’ve been looking for an MBA in wealth management or another graduate business program that encompasses investment research, this immersion opportunity is an ideal choice. You’ll gain critical financial modeling knowledge, become well-versed in analytical tools and techniques, and learn from some of the most savvy minds in the industry—and the learning begins before you set foot on campus.

As an IRAM student, you’ll dive right in with a summer prep course in equity research and credit research. In August, you’ll participate in a stock-pitch boot camp, followed by an alumni-mentored stock-pitch weekend in September. Through rich real-world learning opportunities like these, coupled with core and elective courses, this immersion will add to your competitive edge as you enter the job market.

Immersion Curriculum: What You Will Learn

Broaden your knowledge of investments and asset management inside and outside the classroom with the dynamic IRAM curriculum.

Core Courses

Strengthen your core competencies with foundational classes like valuation and asset management.

Hands-On Experiences

Hone your skills by participating in stock-pitch competitions and managing a real hedge fund.

Elective Classes

Expand your knowledge with electives such as Behavioral Finance and Taxes and Business Strategy.

Invested in Your Future: Gain In-Demand Financial Skills

Through classes, case studies, competitions, and other practical learning experiences, you will build critical financial skills.

Valuing Stocks and Bonds

Explore the primary methods of valuing stocks and bonds.

Data Analysis

Gain a deeper understanding of metrics, trends, and data in the context of financial markets.

Reporting and Presenting

Hone your written and oral communication skills to present findings to management.

Career Paths: Investments and Research

Whether you want to work one-on-one with individuals or be part of a multinational financial corporation, this immersion—and the overall two-year MBA program—will prepare you for success in investment research and asset management. And, as you build experience, you can continue to advance your career.

Investment Management

Help corporate clients build portfolios and manage funds so they can achieve their financial goals.

Investment Research

Collect and analyze financial data to help colleagues or clients make sound decisions.

Wealth Management

Work with high-net-worth individuals to navigate financial markets and plan for their future. 

Our Outcomes: Investment Research and Asset Management Success

Our investment research and asset management immersion students land incredible internships and full-time positions at prestigious banks, financial institutions, and corporations.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch logo.
Barclays logo.
Berstein Private Wealth Management logo.
Citibank logo
Global Asset Management logo.
Goldman Sachs logo.
J.P. Morgan logo.
MetLife logo.
T. Rowe Price logo.
UBS logo.

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What our Students Say

My favorite thing about the immersion was the breadth of real-life cases we got to delve into and learning to craft strong pitches across a variety of investment classes. We did cases covering numerous equity, credit, IPO, and even distressed assets. The cases were a great tool to help students decide which areas of research were most interesting to them and help guide their career decisions.” — Margot Waldron MBA ’20

Immersion Highlights: An Asset to Your Financial Education

The Johnson School allows you to focus your MBA in asset management and investment research through an abundance of real-world learning opportunities and access to high-profile industry professionals. Highlights include:

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Stock-pitch competitions

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Networking opportunities with industry executives

Areas of Focus: Choosing a Specialty

The Johnson School allows you to focus your MBA in asset management and investment research through an abundance of real-world learning opportunities and access to high-profile industry professionals. Highlights include:

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Investment Banking

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Asset Management/
Investment Research

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Corporate Finance

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Consulting and Strategy

Clubs and Organizations: Enrich Your Experience

Getting involved with finance-related clubs and organizations is an excellent way to gain practical experience, engage with your peers, and network with industry experts. A few that might stand out to IRAM immersion students include:

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Old Ezra Finance Club

Make connections as part of the oldest and largest network for banking professionals on campus, named for the founder of Cornell University.


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Investment Management Club

Find training opportunities and receive recruitment assistance as you prepare for careers in investment research and asset management.


Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you’re looking for a master’s in investment research, an MBA in asset management, or a similar graduate business program, we encourage you to apply to the two-year MBA program at the Johnson School, where you can take a deep dive into the industry through a semester-long immersion.