M&A @ Columbia Business School

Learn the inner workings of mergers and acquisitions with Columbia Business School Executive Education from the comfort of home or convenience of your office.

Boost your career or business through a world-class learning experience by earning a prestigious certificate and make an impact in the M&A deal-making world of the future.

Upon completion of the program you will possess a deep understanding of this major force in today’s corporate landscape, whether you are an “M&A practitioner” or not.

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Next Session
April 20, 2020

8 weeks + exam

Program Fees
2,400 USD


Program Benefits

Acquire job-ready M&A skills in a 100% online format, fully compatible with your work-life needs. And get certified by the prestigious Columbia Business School to stand out in today’s changing job market.

Program Highlights

M&A at cbs intro video

Introduction Video M&A @ Columbia Business School by Professor Donna Hitscherich

M&A @ Columbia Business School is an 8-week long program consisting of video lectures, live Q&A’s, peer learning and a one-week final case study.

1. Introduction to M&A
2. Strategic & Practical Considerations
3. Valuation
4. Deal Math
5. Due Diligence
6. Merger Agreements & Sell-Side Alternatives
7. Takeover Defense & Financial Perspectives
8. Case Study

The coursework prepares you for the M&A final exam which can be taken at any Pearson VUE center near your home or office.

Teaching Faculty

Professor Donna Hitscherich

M&A @ Columbia Business School is led by Professor Donna Hitscherich

Senior lecturer of Finance, director of the Private Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.

Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Business Law, Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has been nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA curriculum and is a five-time recipient of the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award.

Previously Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., and Bank of America Securities. At J.P. Morgan, she helped found the takeover defense team and served as a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the company’s M&A fairness opinions. Prior to her investment banking career, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Certification by Columbia Business School Executive Education

The one-hour final exam comprises 60 questions. It can be taken in any Pearson VUE center around the world, in 150 countries.

Conditions to obtain the certificate are as follows:
active participation;
minimal grade of 50% on the case study;
minimal grade of 60% on the final exam.

The final grade is calculated as the weighted average of case studies grades (30%) and final exam grade (70%).


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The program is open to all. There is no selection or conditions to fulfill. However, like any Columbia Business School program, it is demanding and will require you to invest some time and efforts.

Beyond the designation-we are believers that “You will only get as much as you put in” to the program.

We ask that all students have a general familiarity with basic corporate finance principles. This program is designed to be applications oriented and will not introduce significantly new finance principles or analytical techniques. The program will seek to apply basic finance principles and analytical techniques to actual problems likely to be encountered by senior management of major corporations or those who are the advisors to such management in the context of an M&A transaction.
The program is designed to be challenging but manageable from a workflow perspective. Many of our students are working professionals and we try to make the program as convenient and flexible as possible. Overall the amount of time will vary by student but you should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on the program.
We have partnered with a digital certifying company called CV Trust. Through this partnership you will receive a bar-coded digital certificate which you can post on your CV or LinkedIn Profile. You will also be able to use this digital certificate to immediately validate your program completion with a current or prospective employer.
You can do that by clicking the “Enroll” button on this page and complete the registration and payment. We accept all major credit cards and wire transfer as well if that is more convenient for you.