Michael S. Weisbach is the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance, as well as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has previously taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester, and the University of Arizona. Professor Weisbach is a former editor of The Review of Financial Studies, one of the leading academic journals in finance, and has been an associate editor of five other academic journals. Professor Weisbach has broad-ranging research and teaching interests in finance and economics, with specialties in corporate finance, corporate governance, and private equity. He has 48 publications on these and related topics. His work has been cited over 49,000 times according to Google Scholar, and has been downloaded from SSRN.COM over 91,000 times.

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance


  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
  • BS, University of Michigan




  • BUSFIN 7216 - Private Equity

    Theories of and applications in buyouts and private equity transactions. Prereq: MBA 6223, concur: BusFin 7210, 7220, or 7230; or enrollment in SMB-Finance program.

  • BUSFIN 4216 - Private Equity

    Private equity funds are responsible for a large percentage of merger activity both inside and outside the U.S. The venture capital portion of the private equity industry has provided financing for most of the prominent new companies that have gone public in recent years. Prereq: 4211, 4221, and 4229.

  • BUSFIN 8230 - Seminar: Corporate Finance Theory

    Covers seminal theories of corporate finance such as those related to capital structures, contracting, and security design. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 922.

  • BUSFIN 8260 - Seminar: Advanced Corporate Finance

    Covers advanced topics in empirical and theoretical corporate finance. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 924.

  • BUSFIN 4211 - Corporate Finance

    Analysis of advanced capital budgeting problems through understanding the theories and applications of capital structure, leasing and real options. Theories and applications in corporate control, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prereq: 3220, AcctMIS 2200, 2300, BusOBA 2320, 2321, and BusMHR 2291 or 2292. Not open to students with credit for 4210 or 4212.

  • BUSFIN 4998 - Undergraduate Research in Finance

    Undergraduate research in finance for non-honors students. Prereq: BusAdm 2291 (499), and Jr standing, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is progress graded.