OBA 612 Quantitative Methods (3 credits) This course provides an introduction to quantitative methods that are applicable in several areas of finance; presents concepts and methodologies from probability theory, statistical inference, regression analysis, and time series analysis; emphasis is placed on software applications of real data on stock returns, CAPM and Fama-French models, and cross-section firm data.
ACTG 612 Financial Accounting (3 credits) This course develops an understanding of the most fundamental accounting concepts and provides key building blocks necessary for intermediate and advanced financial statement analysis. It is designed to provide a basic but practical application of financial analyses commonly performed by industry professionals.
FIN 671 Corporate Finance and Valuation (3 credits) This course introduces fundamental techniques of financial analysis. Topics include financial statement analysis, cost of capital, capital budgeting techniques, equity and firm valuation, Monte Carlo simulation, real options, applications of financial modeling with Excel, and Monte Carlo techniques with Crystal Ball. The company valuation project is a course requirement.
FIN 683 Investments (3 credits) This course covers the foundations of investment management: theory and empirical evidence related to portfolio theory, market efficiency, asset pricing models, factor models, and option pricing theory. Students are expected to combine market research results and electronic information sources to create optimal investment strategies.
FIN 609 Practicum: Applications in Investment Management (6 credits) This course is envisioned as a capstone course. Students work in teams on an applied finance project. This project should be associated with the area of focus of the students’ electives as it will illustrate the students’ knowledge and expertise that students can reference when speaking to potential employers.