Specialized Master's Programs

Core Courses

Financial Management, FIN 60401

3 credits

This course is intended for students whose only exposure to managerial/corporate finance is an introductory course in finance. This course builds upon and extends the topics covered in that course. Students who have taken an advanced corporate finance course should not take this course. The course provides students with a framework in which a wide variety of corporate financial policy decisions can be evaluated. Value creation is the unifying theme. Among the topics included are risk and return, capital structure theory, dividend policy, corporate restructuring, leasing ,capital budgeting, real options and working capital management. Class lectures and case discussions are combined to blend theory and practice.

Financial Policy, FIN 70441

2 credits

This course provides a framework for the evaluation of corporate financial policy decisions. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, financial planning, working capital management, the dividend decision, leasing, options, warrants, convertibles, risk management and international financial management. Emphasis is placed on practical applications and the use of financial methods in decision making.

Negotiation, MGT 70439

2 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theoretical understanding and skill development that is necessary for effective negotiations and team management. Negotiation skills and techniques will be developed through an exposure to different approaches to negotiations; in addition, students will learn the latest approaches to team-building and management skills, including leadership styles, the team paradox, and how to analyze team productivity.

Taxes and Business Strategy, ACCT 70601

3 credits

Tax rules are pervasive in their effect on the investment and financing decisions of business. Managers must understand how changes in tax rules influence the behavior of their customers, their employees, their suppliers and their competitors to avoid operating at a competitive disadvantage. This, in turn, has consequences for how current tax rules affect taxpayers' economic balance sheets. This course uses an economics-based approach to consider how tax and non-tax factors affect business activities. The framework developed is highly integrative: investment strategies and financing policies within firms are linked through taxes. The first part of the course develops the fundamental concepts that represent the building blocks of the framework. The second part applies the framework to specific decision settings such as compensation planning, choice of organizational form, mergers and acquisitions, and multi-jurisdictional tax planning.

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