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Master's in Finance

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 by semester is provided below.

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Fall Semester

FIN 512. Advanced Corporate Finance
Financial theory applied to capital structure; investment decisions; corporate valuation; and corporate financial policies.
FIN 513. Valuation Modeling
This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on introduction to fundamental valuation, and financial decision making. The course objectives are to integrate and operationalize the various topics included in managerial finance, i.e., the financing and investment decisions. The course builds upon and reinforces the theoretical and institutional framework presented in the first semester core courses, primarily through the vehicle of case studies.
FIN 515. Venture Capital
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
An in-depth analysis of financial reporting from a user’s perspective, using a variety of tools to break apart financial reports into meaningful units for analysis, forecasting financial statements, and valuing a firm.
FIN 518. Investment Banking
Examines the role of financial institutions and economic activities. In-depth evaluation analysis recognizing that the value of assets may depend on who controls them.
FIN 521. Investment Analysis
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
Risk, return, and price behavior of securities in competitive markets. Financial futures, options, and other financial and real investments.
FIN 523A*. Applied Portfolio Management
To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio. Graduate-level requirements include structured management and leadership positions for the graduate students as the senior members of "investment firms." *Students accepted to FIN523A make a one-year commitment and also complete FIN523B in the Spring semester.
FIN 536. New Venture Finance
Role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic growth. Development of new venture idea and assessment of financial requirements and potential.
FIN 542. Fixed Income
To introduce students to fixed income portfolio management. The course objective is to provide students with a set of tools to analyze fixed income markets.
LAW 611G. Financial Regulation
The course will discuss the economics of financial institutions such as commercial banks, investment banks, and insurance companies, explaining the market failures associated with such industries. Regulatory arbitrage and shadow banking will be analytically treated. Particular attention will be paid to the ongoing financial crisis.

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Spring Semester

FIN 514. International Finance
International finance markets and the financial management of the multinational firm.
FIN 523B*. Applied Portfolio Management
To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio. Graduate-level requirements include providing management and leadership positions for the graduate students as the senior members of "investment firms."
FIN 524. Applied Risk Management
Risk, return, and price behavior of securities in competitive markets. Financial futures, options, and other financial and real investments. This course focuses on how corporations manage their myriad business risk exposures and which of these exposures derivative securities are designed to address.
FIN 525. Empirical Finance Methods
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
This course provides a detailed introduction to portfolio management techniques and the understanding of the security analysis and portfolio management process.
FIN 532. Corporate Finance Strategy
Financial decision-making in corporations. Case studies.
FIN 544. Interest Rate Models
This class builds an understanding of why the yield curve is shaped the way it is and why the yield curve changes over time.
FIN 545. Credit Risk Modeling
This course covers the topic of credit risk with particular emphasis on mathematical models that can price bonds or portfolios of bonds.  The course will cover both structural and reduced form models, as well as the foundations required to build such models.
FIN 560. Real Property
This course focuses on investing in real property. It covers the financial analysis and valuation of the major types of real property investments, including financing alternatives, lease analysis, and the role of institutional investors in the real estate industry.

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All courses are three units.
Course offerings are subject to change.

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