Finance Courses

Fin 515 Economic Analysis (3)

Provides economic foundations for business management and fosters the development of sound economic reasoning. Relevant principles of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory will be related to specific business applications. A group project, involving a written and oral presentation is required. Prerequisite: One course in economics.

Fin 525 Financial Management (3)

Fundamental techniques of financial valuation are developed and then applied to the management of investment portfolios and capital projects. A comprehensive introduction to modern financial markets is provided. Examines a wide range of financial instruments available to individuals and corporations. Prerequisites: Acc 512 or Acc 518 and Itm 513; Co-requisite: Fin 515.

Fin 601 Corporate Financial Management (3)

Advanced course in corporate finance that builds on the tools and concepts taught in Fin 525; a mixture of lectures and applications of modern finance theory. Topics include capital budgeting, risk analysis, asset pricing models, agency theory and their application to corporate dividend policy, capital structure decisions and mergers/divestitures. Prerequisites: Fin 525 and permission of instructor.

Fin 602 Investment Valuation and Analysis (3)

This course will focus on the valuation of equity and derivative securities and the fundamental principles of portfolio management. Topics include various forms of equity valuation, option pricing, hedging, and speculation methods, creation of investment policy statements, construction of performance benchmarks, performance attribution methods, and development of effective regulatory compliance procedures. Skills such as the use of financial modeling software, teamwork, and oral and written communication are emphasized heavily. Prerequisites: Fin 525 and permission of instructor.

Fin 603 The Fixed Income Securities Market (3)

The course focuses on the analysis and valuation of fixed income securities. Topics include the fundamentals of bond pricing, duration, convexity, the term structure of interest rates, corporate, Treasury, and municipal securities, asset-backed securities, bonds with embedded options, and interest rate swaps. Key skills include spreadsheet usage, teamwork, and oral and written communication. Prerequisites: Fin 525 and permission of instructor.

Fin 604 Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance (3)

The course will focus on valuing and financing young high-growth potential entrepreneurial firms. The course addresses this topic from two distinct perspectives: the perspective of users (entrepreneurs) and suppliers (venture capitalists and other private equity investors) of capital. This course is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on identifying good opportunities and placing a quantitative value on these opportunities by using different valuation techniques. The second part focuses on financing of entrepreneurial firms, such as venture capital, venture lending, angel, and other alternative sources. The last part of the course will consider different exit strategies through taking the venture public, merging it with another company, or through a leverage buyout. Prerequisites: Fin 525.

Fin 635 Corporate Financial Problems (3)

Case studies of structural topics such as long-term financing arrangements, recapitalizations; reorganizations; and mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and of operational problems such as capital budgeting, dividend and reserve policies, pension funds, executive compensations, and hedging policies. Prerequisite: Fin 525 or 6 credits of finance at the undergraduate level.

Fin 695 Independent Study in Finance (1-3)

The student and instructor jointly develop a plan of independent study on an advanced topic in finance. The student is usually required to prepare a report or paper. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. Prerequisites: Fin 525 and permission of instructor and department chairperson.

Fin 698 Research Project in Finance (3)

Supervised research on a topic involving accounting, finance, operations management, human resources management, and/or management information systems. Required of all part-time MBA program students. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 30 graduate credits. S/U graded.

Fin 750 Seminar in Public Finance (4)

In-depth study of selected topics in Public Finance. Specific topics determined at time of offering. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.