Curriculum

Master in Finance Courses
Courses Credits
Fundamental Courses
Accounting for Decision Makers* 3.0
Statistics Fundamentals* 1.5
Finance Fundamentals* 1.5
Core Courses
Financial Statement Analysis** 3.0
Financial Management** 3.0
Corporate Finance** 3.0
Financial Markets and Institutions** 3.0
Capstone Project in Finance 3.0
Elective Courses (select 5)
Multinational Corporate Finance  3.0
Applied Data Analytics for Finance 3.0
Fixed Income Investments 3.0
Equity Investments 3.0
Alternative Investments 3.0
Wealth Management 3.0
Sales in Financial Services 3.0

36 Credits

*Up to 6 credits may be waived based on previous coursework in accounting, economics, finance and statistics. To be eligible for a course waiver, a grade of ‘B-‘ or better is required in an approved course taken within the past 5 years. Pass/fail courses will not be eligible for a course waiver.

** Included in Certificate Program.

Financial Statement Analysis

Provides a deep understanding of financial reporting and analysis for purposes including valuation, credit risk assessment, cash flow measurement, managerial decision making and more. Prerequisite ACCT 515. Offered every fall.

Financial Management

Provides a foundation in financial analysis and decision making, covering topics including time value of money, bonds, stocks, risk and return, capital market efficiency, valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting and financial forecasting. This course is offered every semester as part of the Professional MBA program. Prerequisites ACCT 515, FINC 501. Offered every fall, spring, and summer.

Corporate Finance

Covers advanced topics in financial analysis and decision making, including advanced valuation, short-term finance, long-term finance (debt and equity), capital structure, payout policy, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Prerequisite FINC 530. Offered every spring.

Financial Markets and Institutions

Provides advanced coverage of the structure of the finance industry, money and capital markets, derivatives, foreign exchange, central banks and monetary policy, depository institutions and regulation. Prerequisite FINC 530. Offered every spring.

Capstone Project in Finance

Offers students the opportunity to work in teams with a real company to develop an analysis and recommendation in credit analysis, structured finance, project finance, merger, acquisition and/or related topics. Students will utilize methods, skills and techniques acquired in the MSF to solve a real-world business challenge. In doing so, students make high-stakes and impactful recommendations to top management under time-pressure and with high expectations for quality and analysis. Prerequisites FINC 530, FINC 613, and FINC 615.

Equity Investments (EQ) provides in-depth coverage of topics in the analysis and valuation of common stocks, modern portfolio theory and management, performance evaluation, risk management and hedging with options and futures. Prerequisite FINC 530.

Multinational Corporate Finance (MF) covers topics in financial decision making in multinational firms. More specifically, topics covered include foreign exchange, the international monetary system, parity conditions, balance of payments, currency and interest rate derivatives, translation and transaction exposure, economic exposure, international financing, euromarkets, international portfolio management, country risk analysis, and cost of capital. Prerequisite FINC 530.

Applied Data Analytics for Finance

Shows students how to apply data analytics to real-world finance situations (e.g., risks versus reward trade-offs in constructing investment portfolios) and will touch on FinTech, data visualization and machine learning.

Fixed Income and Derivatives

Covers the analysis of fixed income and related derivatives, including how to price fixed cash flows, interest rate risk and hedging, the term structure, repurchase agreements, forwards, futures, swaps, options, corporate bonds, credit default swaps and asset-backed securities. Prerequisite FINC 530.

Alternative Investments

Helps students assess potential investment opportunities in commodities, hedge funds, private equity, cryptocurrency and real estate with an eye toward value maximization and portfolio diversification. Prerequisite FINC 530.

Wealth Management

Provides both a conceptual framework as well as practical guidance for building wealth and implementing effective and successful financial plans for high-net worth families and individuals. Prerequisite FINC 530.

Sales in Financial Services

Provides students with skills for successful selling and relationship management in financial service contexts (e.g., banking), including sales processes, overcoming objections, closing, and sales management.