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Financial Reporting and Analysis

Data-Driven Decision Making

Learn to analyze and make business decisions based on financial information. Located just blocks away from North America’s third largest financial centre, Rotman is the ideal place to build your finance career. The major in financial reporting and analysis leverages the teaching and research strengths of Rotman's faculty, recognized among the global top ten for finance and research.

Learn how to interpret and analyze financial information to make better business decisions. Specific topics covered include the various incentives and pressures impacting on financial reporting decisions, advanced financial accounting topics and risk management.

During your coursework, you will study the key drivers of reporting behaviour, develop your understanding of financial statements, and obtain skills to make informed decisions using financial information.

Discover how to analyze and interpret financial statements, understand the discretion involved in disclosure, develop business valuation techniques, forecast earnings and firm value, identify tax implications associated with various business and investment activities, and formulate decisions and recommendations based on financial analysis.

"While there is nothing illegal about the way tech companies report their earnings, these reports can be misleading to investors."

-Ramy Elitzur, accounting professor, in an online article

Requirements to complete the major

You must successfully complete three of the following core courses:

Core courses

  • Current Issues in Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Taxation and Decision Making
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Distress and Insolvency
  • Business Analysis and Valuation

It is also recommended that students in this major choose other courses from the following selection:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • International Business in the World Economy
  • Corporate Financing
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Institutions & Capital Markets

Career paths

Students pursuing a career where one needs to analyze and make decisions based on financial information will find this major to be beneficial. Specific career paths include financial analyst, equity research (buy-side and sell-side), treasury, consulting, corporate finance, investment banking, general management, or internal audit.

Flexible Internship Program

The Rotman Full-Time MBA Program provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate and apply management knowledge gained within the program through a 4-month internship. Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors.

Companies that have recruited at Rotman

A selection of companies where Rotman MBA graduates have worked in recent years:

Finance companies

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Accounting Professor Partha Mohanram

Professor Mohanram is the CGA Ontario professor of financial accounting

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