The D'Amore-McKim MS in Finance offers rigorous training in finance, helping you to develop strong analytic and problem-solving skill sets that will set you apart from other professionals in the market. At our program’s core is a top-tier curriculum that consists of rigorous coursework, real-world applications, and a commitment to ethics.

The MS in Finance is offered with full-time and part-time options. The full-time option is an intensive, 12-month cohort with an emphasis on quantitative methods and finance theory. The part-time option is tailored for working professionals and can be completed in twenty-one months. Part-time students typically take two courses per term. Full-time courses are offered during the day, part-time courses are offered in the evening.

 

Curriculum

Required Courses Details

Financial Theory and Policy

Covers the fundamentals of financial decision making. Introduces students to the basic framework of corporate finance. Topics include tools and applications of financial asset valuations, the risk-return tradeoff, modern portfolio theory, methods of calculating the risk of financial assets, tools and applications for analyzing a firm’s capital investment decisions, capital structure and dividend policy issues, theory and evidence concerning corporate restructuring, such as mergers and hostile takeovers, and issues concerning international financial management and the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of financial management.

3 credits

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Analysis of Financial Institutions and Markets

Introduces the domestic and international financial system and the institutions within it. Develops data and quantitative analysis tools utilized for economic and financial modeling and analysis. Emphasis is on regression analysis and its application, including how to build and interpret statistical models. Topics include the major types of financial institutions that operate within the global economy and the financial instruments employed by them; how exchange rates, interests rates, and security prices are determined and how they affect the global economy; and how governments and central banks impact economic and financial conditions.

3 credits

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Investment Analysis

Familiarizes students with domestic and international financial markets and the securities traded therein. Discusses a variety of techniques for valuation of financial assets and relies heavily on quantitative methods. Critically analyzes such qualitative concepts as market efficiency, intrinsic value, and risk. The contents of this course, descriptive, theoretical, and applied, should provide students with the ability to build unique valuation models to suit the particular investment alternative they wish to scrutinize. Also provides students with an understanding of how investment theory and investment practice relate.

3 credits

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International Finance Management

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

3 credits

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Financial Seminar

Structures discussion of current topics in the finance literature. Students read and present the works of leading researchers. Topics are broad and may cover various areas of corporate finance, investments, and institutions. Students also complete an original project emphasizing current methodologies of analysis.

3 credits

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Financial Strategy

Develops financial, analytical, and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. Stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets, and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation.

3 credits

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Electives

Program is completed with 4 elective courses. Full-time electives are selected at the discretion of the Finance department.

12 credits

Full-Time Students: Optional Course Details

Career Management

Career Management Class introduces students to a US job search including job search strategy, elevator pitches, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and interviewing. The course includes employer and alumni outside speakers and networking opportunities. It also includes hands-on sessions in class. This course is offered during the daytime and is available only to full-time students

0 credits

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Please note: Financial Theory and Policy, Analysis of Financial Institutions and Markets, and Investment Analysis must be taken at the start of the program and prior to taking any electives.

*The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

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Students interested in pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation will find that faculty members have integrated CFA materials into the curriculum. Students pursuing the Certified Financial Planner® designation may take one or two electives in the Graduate School of Professional Accounting.