M.S. in Corporate Finance Curriculum

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The curriculum is divided into two areas: pre-program requirements and degree requirements.

Pre-Program Requirements

10.5 credits

These foundation courses ensure students understand the fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance and statistical analysis. Depending on the educational background and experience of incoming students, some or all of these requirements may be waived.

MS in Corporate Finance Degree Requirements

30 credits

These required courses provide a depth of knowledge and skills in four main areas:

  • Managerial accounting and financial statement analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Investments
  • Legal and ethical aspects of management

The following are examples of courses developed to support the goals of the curriculum:

  • Strategic Accounting for Managers
    Accounting plays an increasingly important role in determining management compensation and measuring corporate performance. This course provides an understanding of the use of accounting and other financial intelligence in the workplace, from balanced scorecards to transfer pricing.
  • Applied Corporate Finance
    Students learn by solving real-world case studies and communicating decisions clearly to both sophisticated and lay audiences. Case studies cover a wide range of corporate finance problems, including value creation, capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Corporate Treasury Management
    Gain an understanding of modern principles and techniques required for corporate treasury management. Topics covered in this course include analysis of liquidity and solvency, credit and accounts receivable management, cash collection and disbursement systems, short-term investment and borrowing, management of treasury information and technology, and multinational cash management.
  • Enterprise Risk Management
    Explore current issues and world-class practices of risk management at an organizational level. This course focuses on the overall risk management cycle of identifying, assessing, responding and managing strategic, reputational, financial and operational risks using contemporary risk management tools.
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Management
    Understanding the legal ramifications of business decisions is critical for managers in corporate finance. This course will prepare you for the legal, ethical, and regulatory challenges and opportunities you will face while conducting business. Topics include business ethics and social responsibility, corporate governance issues including the fiduciary duties of officers, directors, and controlling shareholders, public and private offerings of securities, and securities fraud. The course also addresses environmental regulation, product quality, legal aspects of the employment relationship, wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment.