Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA Curriculum

Your 67-credit combined degree program begins with one semester of MBA foundation courses and career management classes. You’ll complete this rigorous coursework as part of an intimate Full-Time MBA cohort. Together, you and your classmates will establish deep personal and professional connections.

In your second semester, you’ll begin coursework in your chosen major: Finance or Quantitative Finance. Ultimately, the first year coursework prepares you for D’Amore-McKim’s signature experiential learning opportunity: a paid corporate residency. You can choose a 3-, 6-month, or two 6-month residencies.

In your second year, you will undertake a rigorous finance deep dive. You’ll also earn credits through interdisciplinary learning electives.

Classes begin in September.


Core Course Details

In the Fall semester, you will take eight two-credit courses, each of which are approximately four weeks in duration. You will also take two non-credit, required career management courses to help prepare you for your corporate residency interviews. At the end of the semester, you will have earned 16 credits. This streamlined core curriculum is designed to allow you to begin taking courses in your concentration and develop depth of knowledge in the Spring, prior to your corporate residency.

If you lack academic coursework in areas such as Economics, Statistics, or Accounting, or could use additional preparation in one or more of these areas, you may be required to complete a bootcamp that consists of an online as well as a campus-based component for each subject prior to Orientation. The bootcamps are designed to ensure that all students are prepared for the academic rigor of the core courses.

Required Core 1: Managing the Business Courses

Highlights managerial decisions affecting a company’s performance in generating revenues, controlling costs, and producing profits. Begins with a brief review of financial accounting, then focuses on the development and use of information, especially financial information, for managerial decisions related to the firm’s planning—operations—control cycle.
ACCT 6318 | 2 credits
Focuses on the integrative management of processes and activities involved in transformation and delivery of goods and services. Emphasizes foundational knowledge on supply chain and operations management concepts, techniques, and functions. Topics covered include sourcing and procurement, manufacturing and service operations, logistics management, process design and control, inventory management, interfirm relationship management, and attendant information flows.
SCHM 6318 | 2 credits
Examines the role of marketing as an organizational function and a set of processes to manage offerings that provide superior value to customers. Focuses on developing student skill in analyzing the customer and business environment and using that analysis to build an effective marketing strategy. Emphasizes methods for the identification, acquisition, and retention of customers in a way that provides mutual value to the customer and the organization.
MKTG 6318 | 2 credits
Offers key insights every business professional should understand working in, managing, and leading organizations in today’s complex, diverse, and dynamic business environment. The primary goal of this course is to challenge—and improve—students’ understanding of human behavior in organizations so that they are better positioned to strategically leverage human capital. Introduces critical theories and concepts through case analyses, debates, TED Talks, and exercises that aim to help students understand, analyze, and ultimately address real business situations and problems.
HRMG 6318 | 2 credits

Required Core 2: Creating Futures Courses

Introduces time value of money calculations and applications. Building upon a basis in accounting, offers students an opportunity to learn how to extract relevant information from the accounting statements for use in financial calculations and ratio analysis. Also examines capital planning, including determining relevant cash flows, calculating decision measures, and making the correct decisions.
FINA 6318 | 2 credits
Introduces a number of entrepreneurship and innovation topics, including innovation and entrepreneurship as a value-creating activity for economies and firms; types of innovation (technological, process, products, business models); fundamentals of product development (design thinking, rapid prototyping, ethnography); startup creation and articulating a value proposition; the role and traits of the entrepreneur; maximizing odds of success and minimizing odds of failure; growing the startup and creating a market; finding or creating the right niche; pivoting and judo strategy; lean startup approach; innovation in established firms and resistance to change; organizational inertia; business model change; and technological discontinuities.
ENTR 6318 | 2 credits
Provides the fundamental concepts for understanding and managing strategy in a competitive context. Focuses on analysis, critical thinking, and making strategic decisions. Discusses the analytical tools to understand the industry and firm context. Explores the design and execution of strategies to compete successfully. Investigates the strategic changes involved as firms grow and expand into new businesses and geographic markets.
STRT 6318 | 2 credits
Explores how business practices affect society and how society affects business practices. Addresses topics such as social impact investing, sustainable supply chains, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and global perspectives on corporate citizenship. Business and society have never been more intertwined. Executives are increasingly called upon to consider the larger societal impacts of their decisions and at the same time find themselves subject to demands from multiple societal stakeholders that include customers, suppliers, employees, governments, and interest groups, among others.
BUSN 6363 | 2 credits

Required Core Career Management Courses

Delivered by the Graduate Career Center, this course provides students with the tools to manage their careers and job searches. Topics include elevator pitch, resume preparation, career letter writing, types of interviews and successful preparation and networking. The class also addresses unique considerations of the job search for students studying on a visa. The class also includes a variety of employer panels/speakers to introduce students to various companies, industries and roles. The class is supplemented with networking opportunities organized by the Graduate Career Center. Must be in a full-time graduate business program to participate in the appropriate section of this class.
BUSN 6200 | 0 credits
Offers students an opportunity to develop the management skills necessary to become effective managers, including communication skills, qualitative and quantitative business analysis, and ethics and values.
BUSN 6950 | 0 credits

Major Option 1: Quantitative Finance Requirements

Introduces the basic framework of corporate finance and financial decision making. Topics include capital budgeting; capital investment decisions; complex valuations; security issues; dividend policy; static and dynamic capital structure; real option analysis; restructuring; bankruptcy; corporate control and governance; and the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of financial management.
FINA 6331 | 3 credits
Introduces the essential fundamental mathematics needed for the study of modern finance: probability, stochastic processes, statistics, and regression analysis. Also focuses on theory and empirical evidence useful for investment decisions. Topics include financial risk factors, financial models, financial markets and equilibrium models of security prices, market efficiency, and the empirical behavior of security prices.
FINA 6332 | 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 6203 | 3 credits
Introduces derivative assets, financial engineering, and risk management. Explores specific hedging use of options, forwards, and futures. Focuses on the determinants of forwards, futures, options and swaps, and various exotic derivatives pricing using computer-based numerical methods in a Monte Carlo setting and in closed form using elements of stochastic calculus. Also explores risk-management strategies using positions in derivative securities, static hedging, and dynamic hedging in continuous time.
FINA 6335 | 3 credits
Introduces Python and its use as a financial data analytics tool. Python has become one of the most widely used open-source, cross-platform programming languages. Covers the basics of programming in Python and key libraries (NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, etc.) used in data analytics, then focuses on implementing various financial models in Python. Topics include single and multifactor portfolio models, portfolio theory and the efficient frontier, algorithmic trading, options and futures, and value at risk.
FINA 6333 | 3 credits
Examines statistical methods used to analyze financial data and test financial theories. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to access various sources of financial data, design empirical tests, and apply basic programming skills to analyze the data and arrive at conclusions. Specific topics include regression analysis, time-series analysis, event study methodology, panel data analysis, and limited dependent variable models.
FINA 6334 | 3 credits

Quantitative Finance Major Electives

Course offerings change each semester.
Graduate level courses at D’Amore-McKim | 12 credits
Courses are offered in partnership with select partnering Northeastern colleges. Please consult your advisor for course options. Learn more about interdisciplinary electives here.
Any graduate level courses| 6 credits
Experience-powered learning opportunities. Learn more about experiential learning here.
3 credits

Major Option 2: Finance Requirements

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
Choose two finance electives in consultation with your advisor.
Any FINA graduate level course | 3 credits

Finance Major Electives

D’Amore McKim School of Business electives selected in consultation with your advisor.
6 credits
Courses are offered in partnership with select partnering Northeastern colleges. Learn more about interdisciplinary electives here.
Pre-approved graduate level courses| 6 credits
Experience-powered learning opportunities. Learn more about experiential learning here.
3 credits

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MS in Finance/MBA Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to demonstrate critical thinking in a business environment.

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