Develop deep finance knowledge in the Finance Track

The financial industry is rapidly changing with the introduction of new technology. As a result, financial services employers worldwide are seeking qualified experts to manage existing assets and portfolios while navigating new developments in online banking, fintech, cryptocurrency, and more.

In the Finance Track, you’ll refine advanced financial skills and high-level knowledge to drive financial strategy, increase shareholder value, support flexible operating models, minimize risk, and maximize revenue. You’ll also sharpen your analytical capabilities while developing skills like creativity and problem solving that can make you an effective modern business leader.

Your program begins with a rigorous financial deep dive, which ultimately prepares you for D’Amore-McKim’s signature experiential learning opportunity: a paid corporate residency. You can choose a 3-, 6-, or up to 12-month corporate residency.


Curriculum

To earn an MS in Finance/MBA with a track in Finance, you’ll complete the MS in Finance/MBA core curriculum (16 credits) and 24 additional credits of Finance Track coursework. Your remaining 27 credits will be your concentration and electives. You’ll choose from 21 business concentrations, including interdisciplinary MBA x concentrations that allow you to expand your skillset in a non-business field.

Finance Track Required Courses

Focuses on capital allocation and both equity and fixed-income markets. Covers the fundamentals of stock and bond valuation, as well as a brief review of macroeconomic concepts including the role of the Federal Reserve, growth, and inflation. Culminates with coverage of firm capital structure and the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
FINA 6320 | 3 credits
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.
FINA 6204 | 3 credits
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.
FINA 6204 | 3 credits
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.
FINA 6204 | 3 credits
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.
FINA 6205 | 3 credits
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.
FINA 6206 | 3 credits

Finance Track Elective Courses

Complete 6 semester hours of finance elective work (FINA). | 6 credits

Concentration Options

Complete one of the following concentrations:

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