Course Descriptions

The department has an extensive offering of courses in the finance tracks. Required courses for Master's in Finance students are offered Fall and Spring semesters. Select elective courses are offered during Fall and Spring. A description of normal course offerings of classes  is provided below. All courses are three units. Course offerings are subject to change.

Course Name Semester Description
FIN 512 Advanced Corporation Finance
Fall

Financial theory applied to capital structure; investment decisions; corporate valuation; and corporate financial policies.

FIN 513 Fundamental Valuation Modeling
Spring
Fall

This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on introduction to fundamental valuation, and financial decision making.

FIN 514 Financial Management of the Multi-National Enterprise
Spring

International finance markets and the financial management of the multinational firm.

FIN 515 Venture Capital
Fall

Topics include dynamics/complexities of venture capital (private equity), management of VC funds, the VC underwriting process/function, and risk/return management.

FIN 516 Financial Statement Analysis for Investment Management
Fall

This course is designed to develop your ability to analyze financial statements for the purposes of investment management and will cover the materials in the CFA Level 1 and Level 2 exam curricula.

FIN 518 Investment Banking
Fall

Examines the role of financial institutions and economic activities.

FIN 521 Investment Analysis
Fall

Portfolio theory with applications to the markets for equities, fixed income securities, and options. Risk analysis and investment strategies.

FIN 522 Advanced Risk Management and Derivatives
Fall

Risk, return, and price behavior of alternative investment securities in competitive markets.

FIN 523A Applied Investment Management
Fall

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio.

FIN 523B Applied Investment Management
Spring

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio.

FIN 524 Applied Risk Management
Spring

This course will expand the important concepts of Risk Management and Derivatives into the analysis of application techniques in real life financial situations.

FIN 525 Empirical Methods in Finance
Spring

This course is to familiarize the students with the database and various statistical methods needed to undertake practitioner-type research in finance.

FIN 526 Portfolio Management Theory
Spring

This course provides an overview of portfolio management from the point of view of the institutional money manager.

FIN 531 Financial Intermediaries
Spring

Financial markets and institutions; effects of economic conditions, government policy and Federal Reserve Board announcements on financial institutions, the flow of funds, and interest rates; term structure of interest rates; financial institution management.

FIN 532 Corporate Financial Strategy
Spring

This course develops the process of financial decision-making in corporations through the use of case studies.

FIN 536 New Venture Finance
Fall

Development of new venture idea and assessment of financial requirements and potential.

FIN 542 Fixed Income: Markets, Instruments, and Strategies
Fall

This course is designed to introduce students to fixed income markets and securities.

FIN 560 Real Property Investments
Spring

The focus of this course is on evaluating, financing, and managing investments in real property.

FIN 909 Master's Report
Summer

The finance master's project is advanced research completed in pairs over the summer on a topic of interest under direction of Ph.D. student advisor and includes both a presentation and a paper.