Technology and innovation are transforming the financial industry at a dramatic pace. Employers are looking for financial experts who know how to minimize risk and maximize return in this challenging environment, and we’ve designed our Online MS in Finance curriculum to give you the enhanced skill set and knowledge base that meets industry needs.

If you’re a busy finance professional and you want to build a stronger, deeper foundation in financial theory and practice—plus get up to speed on pressing issues facing the industry—this program was designed for you. You’ll learn to address complex financial challenges, drive sound financial strategy, and hone your leadership and communication skills, preparing you to lead in a global context.

Choose one of two rewarding career tracks: investments, where you’ll learn how to grow a company by raising capital, or corporate finance, where you’ll become an expert on setting sound financial strategies for an organization.

The course content is 100% online and each intensive term is only five weeks long, so you can design your class schedule around your other commitments. You’ll benefit from our innovative online format completing weekly deliverables to ensure continuous learning. You’ll work on virtual teams with other ambitious, focused financial professionals who will amplify your learning experience and broaden your thinking. They’ll also become part of your Northeastern network, linking you to a lifetime of learning, support, and opportunity.

Opportunities for Experience

When you study at Northeastern, you can count on building your expertise the old-fashioned way: by doing. As an Online MS in Finance student, you can . . .

  • Enroll in an elective International Field Study course. This course allows eligible students to study and travel abroad gaining new perspectives on global business, and meet faculty and fellow classmates in person.
  • Design and complete project assignments related to your own company
  • Collaborate with students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and work experiences

Required Courses

If you want to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, you’ll find CFA preparations integrated directly into your coursework.

Covers the fundamentals of financial decision-making and introduces students to the basic framework of corporate finance. Topics include tools and applications of financial asset valuations, the risk-return trade-off, modern portfolio theory, methods of calculating the risk of financial assets, tools and applications for analyzing a firm’s capital investment decisions, capital structure and dividend policy issues, theory and evidence concerning corporate restructuring, such as mergers and hostile takeovers, and issues concerning international financial management and the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of financial management. Covers the fundamentals of financial decision making. Introduces students to the basic framework of corporate finance. Topics include tools and applications of financial asset valuations, the risk-return tradeoff, modern portfolio theory, methods of calculating the risk of financial assets, tools and applications for analyzing a firm’s capital investment decisions, capital structure and dividend policy issues, theory and evidence concerning corporate restructuring, such as mergers and hostile takeovers, and issues concerning international financial management and the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of financial management.
FINA 6201 | 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 they employ; how exchange rates, interest 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 6202 | 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
Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of a multinational firm. Topics include operation of 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.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
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.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, FINA 6203, and FINA 6204.
FINA 6205 | 3 credits
Structures discussion of current topics in 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.
Prerequisite: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, FINA 6203, and FINA 6204.
FINA 6206 | 3 credits

Electives

You may also enhance your studies by selecting a track. You may select electives from either track, or focus your learning on one track.

Investment Finance Track Electives

Focus your studies on the examination of financial instruments and portfolios of securities. Strengthen your ability to analyze and manage investments in securities, equity and fixed-income securities, options, futures, and other derivative securities, performance analysis, financial risk management, and private wealth management.

Provides an overview of all of the hedging markets and hedging instruments. Explores specific hedging use of options, forwards, futures, swaps, and options on futures. Focuses on advanced financial risk management of interest rates, currency rates, equity returns, and fixed income returns. Students use readings and case problems to study when and how to use hedging instruments to alter a portfolio’s risk exposure.
Prerequisite: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203 (which may be taken concurrently).
FINA 6211 | 3 credits
Exposes students to theory, applications, and evidence concerning highly sensitive interest rate products. Discusses recent developments in pension fund management, asset/liability management, duration matching, “gap” management, concurrent interest rate and exchange rate management, and other important issues now confronting domestic and international financial and corporate management. Studies how to customize a risk management program.
Prerequisite: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203 (which may be taken concurrently).
FINA 6212 | 3 credits
Discusses the policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6213 | 3 credits
Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6216 | 3 credits
Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of real estate finance. Emphasizes factors affecting real estate investment. Topics include valuation (appraisal), market analysis, development, taxation, ownership types, short-term financing, mortgage markets, and investment strategies. Designed for students interested in a general overview of real estate finance, as well as those intending to pursue a career in the real estate field.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6217 | 3 credits
Includes portfolio construction, revision, and performance measurement, and highlights portfolio construction in an efficient capital market. Topics include risk-return analysis, the effects of diversification on risk reduction, and the costs of inflation, taxes, and transaction costs on fixed income and equity security portfolios. Examines financial models of capital asset pricing as the basis for the analysis of portfolios from the institutional investor’s viewpoint.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203 (which may be taken concurrently).
FINA 6219 | 3 credits

Corporate Finance Track Electives

Study the sourcing and allocation of capital in an organization to achieve an overall objective, such as maximizing shareholder value for a for-profit entity. Advance your knowledge of financial management and valuation issues, including business planning and analysis, treasury management, strategic planning, capital budgeting, financial risk management, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, consulting, and investment banking.

Concentrates on the diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of actions pertinent to business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies, and liquidations. Case studies and readings guide the student through the maze of financial, ethical, legal, business, and strategic aspects of turnarounds, culminating in the student’s evaluating and developing a turnaround plan.
FINA 6211| 3 credits
Discusses the policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6213| 3 credits
Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6214| 3 credits
Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.
Prerequisites: FINA 6201, FINA 6202, and FINA 6203.
FINA 6216| 3 credits

Global Experience Electives

This 3-credit course is designed to give students intense exposure to the global business environment by immersing them in the business practices or culture of a country or region outside of the U.S. The course is taught primarily in the country or region of interest and involves a mix of classes, company site visits, and cultural activities. Learn more about International Field Study here.
INTB 6230 | 3 credits

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