Alternative Investments


Gabelli School of Business students have the option to pursue a secondary concentration in alternative investments. Coursework in this sub-area of finance covers private equity, venture capital, hard assets, commodities, real estate investment management and hedge fund investing.

Students complete three courses to earn the secondary concentration. First, by the end of the fall term of their senior year, they take two of these four:

  • Hedge Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Private Equity

Then, in the spring of their senior year, they apply for and receive approval to take a research-based capstone course called Alternative Investment Strategies. This course focuses on the more esoteric aspects of alternative investing and on additional alternative assets that are not covered in standalone courses, such as timber, collectibles, managed futures and commodities.

Click here for course descriptions in alternative investments.

This secondary concentration aims to prepare students to enter growth fields within the world of finance and diversify their expertise in ways that make them attractive candidates to employers. Professor Kevin Mirabile, who developed the sequence, said that it could, for example, help Gabelli School students buck the trend of hedge funds tending not to hire employees directly out of an undergraduate program.

Consider these other factors, too:

  • The New York metropolitan area has the nation’s highest concentration of alternative investment firms.
  • The capstone course on alternative investment strategies will cover about 60 percent of the content for the Level 1 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) exam.
  • There is a subset of the Fordham Finance Society now devoted to this field: the Alternative Investment Club.

For more information on the secondary concentration in alternative investments, please e-mail Professor Mirabile.