Private Equity (Live Online): Invest with Confidence

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Duration: 7 Weeks
Format: Six two-hour live virtual sessions (1 per week) plus a one-week virtual orientation
CIBE: 2 Credits Learn more.

Fully virtual, highly interactive programs featuring small group work for a high-touch learning experience.

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“From raising funds to sourcing deals, from managing portfolios to planning a profitable exit, this program offers a high-impact dialogue about the past, present, and future of private equity.”
– The program's faculty director Donna Hitscherich

Private Equity (Live Online)

To succeed in private equity as a direct investor, intermediary, or asset manager, you must be able to see the big picture. You need to understand the entire value chain--the risks, costs, relationships, and rewards of this high-performing asset class.

Private Equity (Live Online): Invest with Confidence is a six-week program that provides a step-by-step playbook to help you become a more sophisticated investor and more confident private equity manager.

Led by Donna Hitscherich, director of Columbia’s Private Equity Program and an expert in M&A, we will make sense of the private equity industry, from the players and jargon — to valuation and financing — to due diligence and planning an exit strategy. The program provides finance professionals with expert insights to maximize returns and structure deals that create value for individual and institutional investors.

In this program, we will answer key questions about private equity such as:

  • What is private equity?
  • What makes a good investment?
  • How do you put the deal together?
  • How do you create value in the portfolio company?
  • What does success look like?
  • How does due diligence mitigate risk?

If you are already familiar with the foundations of private equity and would like to build your network in the industry, consider attending Deal Camp, a multi-day event featuring industry guest speakers and the latest insights from the field.

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Please contact our partners at Emeritus at [email protected], +1 315-982-5094, or +1 315-277-2746 for a personal conversation to learn more.


Finance professionals wanting to advance their careers in private equity must be able to see the big picture. You need to understand the entire value chain — the risks, costs, relationships, and rewards of this high-performing asset class.

At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the history of private equity, its business model, and how money is made
  • Evaluate what makes a good investment, with consideration of the business environment, price determinants, and exit strategies
  • Put together a deal, taking into account seller motivations, financing options, regulatory issues, and public vs. private company considerations
  • Create value in a portfolio company using levers of value, synergies, and pricing
  • Recognize the contours of success in a leveraged buyout model and other exit alternatives
  • Identify the difficulties in a deal with documentation, due diligence, and your own assumptions

Upon completion of this program, you will earn two days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


Our approach provides the tools and insights to help you master the private equity cycle, from raising funds, to sourcing deals, to managing portfolios, to planning a profitable exit, whether through resale, leveraged buyout, or initial public offering.

Program Modules

Module 1: Private Equity Overview

Understand the definition and history of private equity, the players, the jargon, the business models, and the ways to make money.

Module 2: Making a Good Investment

Take into consideration the business environment, price determinants, and exit strategies.

Module 3: Putting the Deal Together

Evaluate seller motivations, public vs. private company considerations, financing options, and regulatory issues.

Module 4: Creating Value in the Portfolio Company

Understand the levers of value such as synergies, and the importance of price for the portfolio company.

Module 5: Identifying a Successful Result

Understand the details of the leveraged buyout (LBO) model and various exit alternatives.

Module 6: Anticipating What Can Go Wrong

Prepare for challenges with deal documentation, due diligence, and making assumptions.

Session Schedule

A recorded orientation session welcoming you to your online campus will be made available during your first week of the program, followed by six live online sessions with one session per week.

For a complete program schedule, please download the brochure.


Columbia Business School’s Private Equity (Live Online) program is designed to help participants who have at least six years of experience in investment banking or finance to identify opportunities and execute successful strategies in private equity investing. It is also ideally suited for CXOs analysts and managers transitioning from investment banking to the private equity sector, investment consultants, financial advisors, and professionals already working in private equity.

The program content is also applicable to private bankers and family office representatives. The focus of the program will be particularly useful for those overseeing assets under management, valuation, financial modeling, deal sourcing, or wealth management for ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Representative roles and titles may include:

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Actuaries
  • Quantitative Analysts
  • Accountants
  • Hedge Fund Managers
  • Risk and Asset Managers
  • Institutional Investors
  • Venture Capital Investors
  • Distressed Asset Investors
  • Investment Consultants
  • Investment Bankers
  • Private Bankers
  • Family Office Principles/Advisors
  • Finance Entrepreneurs

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.



Donna M. Hitscherich, Faculty Director
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business, Finance and Economics
Director, Private Equity Program

At Columbia Business School, Prof. Hitscherich serves as director of the Private Equity Program and is a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. She teaches Corporate Finance, Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. Prior to her academic career, she was an investment banker and mergers and acquisition specialist, working with CS First Boston, JP Morgan & Co Inc., and Banc of America Securities. Prior to those roles, she was a corporate lawyer, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. She holds a BS and JD from St. John’s University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Hitscherich is also a certified paramedic in the State of New York.

In addition to Ms Hitscherich, industry practitioners and guest speakers contribute to the program.


Do you have questions about our live online programs? Please review our commonly asked questions on our live online programs FAQs page.