Master of Finance

Curriculum

The year-long program emphasizes rigorous training in empirical finance, quantitative methods, financial econometrics, data analysis and risk management.  Students are given a solid foundation in econometric modeling and empirical finance.  This program satisfies the growing demand for graduates who are able to understand and implement financial models and to innovate and improve upon current empirical methods using structured and non-structured data.

The Master of Finance program is a 52-unit degree program. The curriculum consists of four core courses, eight 4-unit elective courses and a 4-unit capstone.

Required and Recommended Courses

The program of study is expected to be completed over four consecutive quarters, which is one full year including the summer quarter.

Required Core Courses

MGTF 401 Financial Accounting
MGTF 402 Investment Analysis
MGTF 403  Advanced Financial Risk Management
MGTF 404 Financial Econometrics and Empirical Methods

Elective Courses

Master of Finance students must complete 32 units of offered elective courses.

MGTF 405 Business Forecasting
MGTF 406 Behavioral Finance
MGTF 407 Valuation in Corporate Finance
MGTF 408 Real Estate Finance
MGTF 409 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructurings
MGTF 410 New Venture Finance
MGTF 411 Stochastic Calculus and Continuous Time Finance
MGTF 412 Financial Statement Analysis
MGTF 413 Computational Finance Methods
MGTF 414 Analyzing Large Data
MGTF 415 Collecting and Analyzing Financial Data
MGTF 432 Portfolio Analysis Theory in Practice

Capstone

MGTF 490 Capstone: Applied Finance Project

The Master of Finance capstone is a project-based course; students complete a project that demonstrates the application of learning from the Master of Finance to a financial data or risk management project or initiative.

As a student, you will choose the focus area for your project, allowing you to delve deeply into a subject or problem of interest and demonstrate your skills and knowledge.  This may be a project from your own experience or workplace or may focus on an area where you are interested in building a career after graduation.

You will develop your project proposal for the Applied Finance Project during the third quarter of the program, defining the question you want to answer, the data and the methodology you will use, and what you expect to learn from the project.   Consultation with faculty is an important part of the process and ensures that the Applied Finance Project is an extraordinary learning experience.

If a student does not have a topic of relevant or appropriate scope, possible projects for consideration will be provided.

Sample Program Plan

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter

MGTF 402: Investment Analysis
MGTF 404: Financial Econometrics and Empirical Methods
Elective  
Elective

MGTF 401: Financial Accounting
Elective
Elective  
Elective  

MGTF 403: Advanced Financial Risk Management
Elective
Elective
Elective

MGTF 490: Capstone: Applied Finance Project