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Finance

Master of Science Degree

Learn how to maximize economic, social, and organizational values within the international marketplace with a Master of Science in Finance. Financial management is the focus of this dynamic curriculum, which teaches you how to be a better financial strategist and business leader. Study a wide variety of issues and perspectives most executives and managers face today. Add value and skill to your financial toolkit and take the lead in enterprise-wide decision-making.

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Courses in the major include:

This course engages students in an understanding and discussion of the history, development, and purpose of the modern firm in an international context. Topics include the historical development of limited liability, the legal personality of the firm, governance and the role and perspective of stakeholders. The course covers modern theories of the nature of the firm and their impact on financing the Firm. The course introduces students to the nature of capital, capital creation, corporate social responsibility, and management as it relates to the perspectives of the various stakeholders in the Firm. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of the key financial statements-Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. The emphasis is on understanding the components of each statement. Topics include financial statements, financial ratio analysis and development, common size statements, pro-forma non-GAAP statements, EBITDA, accounting principles (matching and revenue recognition, accruals, etc.). Emphasis is on understanding the Accounting assumptions and principles under GAAP and IFRS that underlie the reported data. In addition, certain tax topics will be covered that relate to and should be considered when making financial decisions within for-profit organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course addresses the macroeconomic environment and its impact on decisions faced by the firm. Topics include the business cycle, trade and capital flows, foreign exchange, international yield curves, and the impact of fiscal, monetary, and tax policy in the international framework. Students are introduced to the study, measurement, and use of economic indicators available internationally to gauge the current state and trend of international business conditions. The focus is to understand how economic conditions influence decision making of an organization. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course presents qualitative and quantitative methods and tools for decision makers to analyze data and solve problems. The course discusses relevant and practical statistical concepts. The course emphasizes the functionality of spreadsheets for the effective analysis and presentation of problems and solutions. Topics include data display, visualization and analysis; central tendency and distribution; expected values, variance, standard deviation, covariance, correlations, probability, regression basics, decision trees, scenario and sensitivity analysis; Monte Carlo modeling, and the strategic base concepts of Game Theory. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course addresses the capital formation alternatives and decisions related to the capital structure of the firm and the value of the firm. Topics include qualitative and quantitative nature of financial markets; underwriting processes; alternative sources of capital and capital structure; money and capital markets; loans and covenants; bankruptcy risk; venture capital; private equity; cost of capital; and management of cash and liquidity. Prerequisites: MSF 605, 610, 615, and 620
This course investigates the foundations of valuation analysis and why valuation is central to financial decision making and business leadership strategies. The focus is on applying valuation analysis to capital budgeting decisions to enhance organizational value. Topics include TVM foundations, capital budgeting foundations; cash flow analysis; real option analysis; lease analysis; intangible valuation analysis; and uncertainty analysis. Prerequisites: MSF 610 and 620
This course further advances students' proficiency in valuation analysis through applications of security and firm valuation principles. Topics include equity valuation; CAPM; efficient market implications (EMH); fixed income and bond valuation; merger/acquisition analysis; and international market issues. Prerequisites: MSF 610, 620, and 630
This course focuses on understanding and mastering the core concepts involved in the process of enterprise risk management namely identifying, characterizing, analyzing and managing enterprise risk in a global market. The course provides a framework for a strategic and holistic analysis of enterprise risk based on a portfolio view of the firm. The focus is on qualitative issues in developing a broad understanding of enterprise risk and its core components - strategic, operational, financial, hazard, and emerging risks - as they relate to the objectives of the firm. Prerequisite: MSF 625
This course addresses core elements of investment strategies and portfolio management concepts of asset allocation relevant to the nature and risks of managing financial intermediaries as well as financial management within a firm. Topics include portfolio analysis; derivative securities; financial intermediaries [banks, mutual funds, etc.]; venture capital; private equity; hedge funds; mutual funds; duration; high yield analysis; regulatory agencies, roles, and frameworks [FDIC, FED, SEC, CFTC, international regulators-Central Banks], etc. Prerequisite: MSF 640
This course provides an integrating summary of the core elements of the program and solidifies the strategic leadership perspective of the finance discipline in networking and communicating with diverse internal and external stakeholders to maximize firm value within the financial, economic and political environments the firm operates in. Topics include project management, system analysis, causal loop analysis, emotional intelligence, capital development, business strategy, sustained growth and effective communication. Prerequisites: MSF 625, 630, 635, 640, and 645.

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