MBA in Finance

 
 
Professor David Cho - MBA in Finance Program
David Cho, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Finance; Ph.D., University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. Investments, credit markets, and financial econometrics.


The MBA in Finance program provides a broad understanding of corporate finance, securities analysis, portfolio management, and financial institutions and markets.

Once enrolled in this program, you will take many of the traditional courses associated with a general MBA program, along with courses that have been tailored to financial topics. The finance concentration offers courses that place primary emphasis on theory and analysis, and make extensive use of the relevant techniques of economic analysis, mathematics, and statistics.

Most MBA in Finance graduates enter their professional careers with positions in the financial arena of general businesses, investment banking firms, broker-dealer firms, management consulting firms, various departments of commercial banks, and other domestic and international financial institutions.

Program Features:
  • MBA core courses offered weeknights, alternating weekends or during the day on the main campus, alternating weekends at the other campuses and online. Finance courses offered weeknights on the main campus and online.
  • Program can be completed in as little as 21 months.
  • Program begins four times annually with starts in October, January, April, and July.
  • A Finance Certificate is also available.
  • Features professional competency in Value Driven Management.

Curriculum Guide  arrowtop

Total credits: 43

MBA Core Courses (27 total credits)

Finance Concentration Courses (16 total credits):
FIN 5530 Money Markets and Monetary Institutions  
FIN 5535 Futures and Options  
FIN 5560 Advanced Financial Policy  
FIN 5620 Investment Principles and Policies  
Capstone (10 week course online or a 10 weeknight ground version):
FIN 5502 Finance Capstone  

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your CAPP report. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or CAPP report can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Course Descriptions  arrowtop

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FIN 5530     Money Markets and Monetary Institutions  (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and functions of modern US and international financial markets and institutions. The course covers the nature of the global financial system, interest rate determination, pricing of interest-rate dependent securities, money market instruments, the goals and roles of central banks, and commercial banking. Students will develop a thorough understanding of modern financial institutions and will learn to apply modern financial theory to practical problems in liability pricing and management. Prerequisites: FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each class.

FIN 5535     Futures and Options  (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and functions of the futures and options markets. The course covers the structure of options and futures markets with an emphasis on American markets such as the CME and CBOE. Additional topics include arbitrage restrictions, option pricing, hedging with futures, options on futures, exotics, trading strategies, and an introduction to corporate securities as options on the underlying cash flows. Prerequisite: FIN 5620

FIN 5560     Advanced Financial Policy  (3 cr.)

The course covers basic financial policies as applied to real management problems and includes the areas of liquidity, capital management, funding requirements, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and funding of new ventures. Prerequisites: FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each class.

FIN 5620     Investment Principles and Policies  (3 cr.)

This course will deal with a thorough analysis of the theory and application of investments in relation to business cycles, institutional behavior and risk and return opportunities in the economics setting. The course is presented from the investor's viewpoint and incorporates applied and empirical methodologies. The course covers investment strategies and policies. Prerequisites: QNT 5040 and FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each FIN class.

FIN 5502     Finance Capstone  (4 cr.)

The finance capstone course uses case studies to integrate coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of financial policies as applied to real management problems within today?s multinational enterprises. It covers a broad range of topics from corporate financial management and financial institutions to investments and international finance. Additionally, the course examines international parity conditions, arbitrage, interest rate and currency derivative products, financial and operating hedges, and capital budgeting in international environment.Prerequisites: FIN 5530, FIN 5535, FIN 5560, and FIN 5620. Student must be in good academic standing to register for this class.

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ACTP 5001     Introductory Accounting  (3 cr.)

An accelerated introductory course stressing the essential elements of accounting skills that will be used in the master's degree program. Managerial uses of accounting data and preparation of financial statements will be covered in this course. Course satisfies program prerequisite of financial accounting for master's degree programs. This course is not financial aid eligible if taken by itself. Students must be taking an aid eligible course from their degree program with this course in order to receive financial aid.

QNTP 5002     Introductory Statistics  (3 cr.)

This course satisfies the prerequisite of statistics for master's degree programs. The concepts of statistical notation, probability are covered as well as the principles of estimation using the central limit theorem. This course is not financial aid eligible if taken by itself. Students must be taking an aid eligible course from their degree program with this course in order to receive financial aid.

ECNP 5003     Introductory Economics  (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide the students with a solid foundation in the basic concepts of economics. The course will introduce students to the analytical approaches and methods used in the economics by applying them to examine current economic issues. The discussion will begin with an overview. The structure will follow a traditional entry level course in economics. Much of the discussion will consider markets and how they determine what is produced and how it is allocated. Also, attention will be devoted to evaluating market outcomes and thinking about remedies to problems that markets cannot solve. Also considered will be how aggregate economic activities are measured, and the role of fiscal and monetary policies in determination of national income. This course is not financial aid eligible if taken by itself. Students must be taking an aid eligible course from their degree program with this course in order to receive financial aid.

MKTP 5005     Introductory Marketing  (3 cr.)

This is a survey of the essentials of marketing. Covers the nature of marketing and its environment, selecting target markets, marketing research, customer behavior, and forecasting sales. Emphasis on marketing strategy planning. Course satisfies the program prerequisite of marketing for master's degree programs. This course is not financial aid eligible if taken by itself. Students must be taking an aid eligible course from their degree program with this course in order to receive financial aid.

FINP 5008     Business Finance  (3 cr.)

A survey of the essentials of finance and its environment. Financial management as it applies to organizations, ratio analysis, leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structure, and other concepts as they apply to business organizations. Course satisfies program prerequisite of finance for master's degree programs. This course is not financial aid eligible if taken by itself. Students must be taking an aid eligible course from their degree program with this course in order to receive financial aid.