Want to know about Value Investing majors Columbia MBA

So I’ve been fascinated by the investing gurus (that don’t work on Wall Street of course)… and want to pursue a career similar to theirs….
Columbia Business School has a second year MBA specialisation in Value Investing and a MSC in fundamental accounting….
Can someone please help me know more about these courses or similar courses offered by these universities
Am not a citizen of the USA

 

Based on the most helpful WSO content, Columbia Business School indeed offers a Value Investing program. This program is a great choice if you're interested in following in the footsteps of investing gurus. Here are some key points about the program:

  • It's a second-year MBA specialization, so you'll have a year of general business studies under your belt before you dive into the specifics of Value Investing.
  • The program is highly regarded and is based in NYC, which is a major hub for business and finance.
  • You'll have the opportunity to interact with top-tier students, including PhD candidates.
  • The program is academically rigorous, falling somewhere between a regular master's and a PhD in terms of intensity.

In addition to the Value Investing program, Columbia also offers a Master of Science in Fundamental Accounting. This program is more theory and quantitative-based, as opposed to being purely about accounting. It's a one-year program and is also highly regarded.

As an international student, you'll bring a unique perspective to the classroom, and Columbia's diverse student body will likely be a good fit for you. However, you should be aware that the demographic pool for these programs can be competitive, so you'll need to bring your A-game to the application process.

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

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I was in the Value Investing Program. Won’t comment on the accounting degree because I don’t know a single person that did it and frankly it won’t help you break in to AM in the U.S.

For VI, you have to apply and be accepted at the end of your first year of the MBA. The application consists of a stock pitch, interview with the head of the program, and you also have to show demonstrated interest (courses you’ve taken, pitch competitions you’ve participated in, investment management club participation, books you’ve read, internships, pre-MBA experience, etc.). 40 people are accepted to the program each year.

The program itself is rigorous but taught mostly by analysts and PMs in the HF/LO industry with the exception of the guy who runs the program who is a lifelong academic (and, frankly, the worst teacher in the program). There is a separate resume book for VI Program students that goes out and certain HFs will only send job postings to VI Program vs wider Columbia students. Overall it was a lot of work but for me 100% worth it and enjoyed it a lot. Many of my friends from the program are now at tiger cubs/big LOs/PE etc and it gave me a great network. I keep in touch with a good # of them.

 

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I was in the Value Investing Program. Won’t comment on the accounting degree because I don’t know a single person that did it and frankly it won’t help you break in to AM in the U.S.


For VI, you have to apply and be accepted at the end of your first year of the MBA. The application consists of a stock pitch, interview with the head of the program, and you also have to show demonstrated interest (courses you’ve taken, pitch competitions you’ve participated in, investment management club participation, books you’ve read, internships, pre-MBA experience, etc.). 40 people are accepted to the program each year.


The program itself is rigorous but taught mostly by analysts and PMs in the HF/LO industry with the exception of the guy who runs the program who is a lifelong academic (and, frankly, the worst teacher in the program). There is a separate resume book for VI Program students that goes out and certain HFs will only send job postings to VI Program vs wider Columbia students. Overall it was a lot of work but for me 100% worth it and enjoyed it a lot. Many of my friends from the program are now at tiger cubs/big LOs/PE etc and it gave me a great network. I keep in touch with a good # of them.


Thanks for the help…
Getting into Columbia looks like a big task for me… but I’ve become quite curious now…. can you share how the lectures were… especially….Michael Mauboussin, Stephen Penman, Kian Ghazi and Allen Carr….

We’re they theoretical or practical…. And valuation lectures to be specific

Mr Buffet one’s described how Ben Graham taught valuation at Columbia (below is the link)… are they close to this practically speaking

 

Mauboussin teaches Security Analysis which is the class Ben Graham taught. It’s very good. He brings in some big name investors as well. Mauboussin is probably the most well-known professor in the investment curriculum at CBS and is a great lecturer.

Ellen Carr is a credit PM and teaches classes on high yield and investment grade. She is a PM so it’s very practical.

Kian Ghazi runs a research business that sells its work to hedge funds. He teaches one of the highest workload classes at Columbia. Also very practical - ripping apart companies and is oriented around doing a lot of primary research calls to get variant view.

Idk who the other person you mentioned is. Other profs are good. Guest lecturers are also heavy hitters. Joel Greenblatt, Bill Ackman, Todd Combs (he’s a VI program alum so comes back a lot) to name a few.

If you’re looking for like a lot of academic curriculum on valuation you’re not going to get it. It’s taught by practitioners so they are focused on giving you real life tools to be successful on the job.

 

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