Specialized Master's Programs

Course Highlights

Financial Statement Analysis I and II (1.5 credits each)

  • Understanding financial statements (income, balance sheets, and cash flow)
  • Financial statement analysis (ratio, common size, segment, and peer comparisons)
  • Credit analysis and in-depth study of different categories of assets and liabilities

Corporate Finance (4.0 credits)

  • Corporate governance
  • Cost of capital and capital budgeting
  • Capital structure, security issuance, and payout policy

Investments (4.0 credits)

  • Portfolio theory and asset pricing models (CAPM, APT)
  • Portfolio performance evaluation and market efficiency
  • Introduction to fixed income investments

Financial Statement Forecasting (1.5 credits)

  • Data gathering and modeling techniques for Excel
  • Forecasting income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements
  • Sensitivity and scenario analysis (toggles, data tables, and modeling details)

Equity Valuation (3.0 credits)

  • Discounted cash flow (DCF) and relative valuation (multiples)
  • Estimating cost of capital inputs and cash flows
  • Forecasting growth and estimating continuing value

Derivatives (3.0 credits)

  • Option pricing models (binomial, Black-Scholes-Merton) and options trading strategies
  • Pricing of futures/forward contracts and futures trading strategies
  • Valuation of swap contracts

Mergers and Acquisitions (3.0 credits)

  • Sell-side (auctions, negotiated sales) and buy-side (approach, due diligence, valuation)
  • Deal structure, accounting and regulatory issues, take-over defense strategies
  • Introduction to LBOs and asset restructuring

Risk Management (3.0 credits)

  • Risk management theory and process (identifying, measuring and managing risk exposure)
  • Hedging/strategies for managing commodity price, currency, interest rate, and credit risk
  • Introduction to hedge accounting, risk management strategy, and policy considerations

Entrepreneurial Finance (1 credit)

  • How entrepreneurs forecast and manage cash and use key metrics to guide performance for new ventures
  • Examine new venture valuation methods
  • Review harvesting strategies for venture investors such as outright sales or mergers and going public via IPOs

Strategic Finance (4.0 credits)

  • Capstone integration of financial strategy and ethics in a project-based course

Plus three intensive (1.0 credit) elective choices in both Corporate Finance and Investments

Course descriptions and credit hours are subject to change.


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