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The Master of Science in Finance degree program offers a robust curriculum in finance and investment. You will gain a deeper knowledge of key financial topics such as financial analysis, statistics, economics, portfolio management, accounting, and international finance.
This course is intended for graduate students who expect at some point in their careers to use financial statements to evaluate earnings quality, performance, prospects, and value of a business. The primary emphasis will be on the analysis of public companies, but most of the tools and techniques utilized are also relevant to private firms’ financial analysis. This course focuses on the fundamental analysis of valuation, with a focus on developing and applying methods for valuing firms using financial statement analysis.
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices of various financial decision-making tools and techniques, and the statistical methods which are used both in the direct solution of financial problems and as foundations for more advanced statistical models and analysis. Topics include collecting data; describing, sampling, and presenting data; probability; statistical inference; regression analysis; forecasting; and risk analysis. Microsoft Excel is used extensively for organizing, analyzing, and presenting data.
This course is designed to give students a strong understanding of the theory and logic of financial economics. Students will review standard models of how consumers and producers behave in the financial environment, and the implications of these models for financial resource allocation and market efficiency. Students will also evaluate the basic tools of economics, including optimization, comparative statics, and equilibrium as it applies to finance. Applications to finance will be highlighted throughout the course, and special attention will be paid to how the tools of economics can be applied to problems in finance and business.
This course focuses on the source, nature, and interpretation of accounting information; the analysis of financial data; the role of ethics in finance and accounting; and the impact of technology on accounting and financial information. Students will develop a better understanding of complex accounting topics, including equity transactions and cash flow statements. Students will utilize key financial features in Excel and will evaluate a company’s financial performance based on its financial statements and related disclosures.
This course continues financial statement analysis of public companies, with a focus on special issues such as income taxes, post-employment compensation plans, and intercorporate investments. Students will investigate financial reporting in publicly traded companies, and develop an understanding of financial statement analysis from a global perspective. Techniques for adjusting financial statements and determining the quality of financial reports will be used throughout the course. The course will culminate in a research paper that comprehensively assesses the investment quality of a company based on its financial reports. Prerequisite: FIN 671
This course focuses on the strategic use of cost information for planning and control, as well as costing products, services, and customers. Students will learn alternative ways of measuring costs to meet different management objectives, the role of budgeting as a planning and management tool, the use of cost analysis as a control tool to help management meet short- and long-term profit objectives, and the importance of ethics in achieving all of these objectives.
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices involving finance and investment decisions of multinational firms operating globally. Topics will include foreign exchange markets, financial instruments in the international capital markets, corporate exchange risk management, international investment decisions, global financing strategies, financial crises, and related issues. This course will be exclusively focused on financial management and investment as it relates to the international environment.
This course focuses on the essential elements of money, banking and financial markets. The emphasis is on macroeconomics including forms and functions of money, financial markets, the role of electronic trading, interest rates, efficient markets, depository institutions and regulations, money supply, central banks, the role of the Federal Reserve, and monetary policy. Students will explore advanced treatment of money and its role in the economy. Students will also examine and analyze the various financial structures and institutions, the Federal Reserve System, and the increasing importance of the global financial arena. Special emphasis is placed on financial events and policy issues.
This course is designed to explore the field of security analysis, beginning with an in-depth study of fixed income securities. Students will learn to apply theory of analysis and valuation of fixed income securities through course assignments and activities. Topics include markets and trading, valuation, risk and return, credit analysis models, and term structure theories.
This course is designed to explore advanced methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on the practice. Topics include: corporate valuation; financial statement analysis and forecasting; the evaluation of capital investments under differing assumptions about risks; estimating the cost of capital; the effects of debt, equity, mergers, acquisitions, and derivative financial instruments on the value of the firm.
This course covers the major classes of derivative securities: forward contracts, futures contracts, options, and swaps. A derivative security is a financial security whose value depends on (or derives from) other more fundamental underlying financial variables, such as the price of a stock, an interest rate, an index level, a commodity price, or an exchange rate. Derivatives can be used to hedge or obtain insurance against existing risk exposures; however, derivatives do not offer a panacea in managing risk. Prerequisite: FIN 678.
This course deals with the construction and management of an institutional investment portfolio. The course provides the necessary understanding and tools crucial in portfolio management activities. Students will develop an appreciation for the various perspectives and techniques associated with portfolio management and security analysis and apply their knowledge by analyzing stocks and other investments with the guidance of their professor.
This course is the capstone course for the Master of Science in Finance program and provides students with an integrated learning experience grounded in finance. Students will manage an investment portfolio in a market simulation program and evaluate the outcomes. The course integrates advanced methods and techniques of finance with an emphasis on investment management. Prerequisite: FIN 673, FIN 679, FIN 672, and FIN 683.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Finance degree program are required to meet the following requirements:
Have a bachelor's or master’s level degree in accounting, business administration, economics, or finance from an approved accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above*.
*Unofficial or official transcripts showing an earned degree in the area of accounting, business administration, economics, or finance must be submitted with the Application for Admission.
In order to meet admission requirements, applicants without the previously mentioned bachelor’s or master’s-level degrees will be required to request a waiver and submit unofficial or official transcripts showing:
- An earned bachelor’s degree in engineering from an approved accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above demonstrating completion of fifteen (15) undergraduate credits in accounting [9 credits], statistics [3 credits], and finance [3 credits] with a grade of “C” or higher or demonstrate equivalency prior to admission; or
- An earned bachelor’s degree from an approved accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above demonstrating completion of twenty-four (24) undergraduate credits in accounting [9 credits], statistics [3 credits], and finance [12 credits] with a grade of “C” or higher or demonstrate equivalency prior to admission; or
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in fields other than accounting, business administration, economics, or finance that can document prior work experience equivalent to the knowledge found in a preferred program may request a waiver. For a waiver based on work experience to be successful, an applicant’s work experience must demonstrate (1) in-depth activities related to preparing, analyzing, and interpreting corporate financial statements and (2) advanced application of financial theory. Waivers based on work experience are granted in exceptional cases. If a waiver based on work experience is not granted, applicants will be required to demonstrate successful completion of the credits as outlined above prior to admission.
It will be incumbent upon the student to provide evidence and documentation through the waiver process that is satisfactory to the Dean or designee for the Forbes School of Business and Technology®.
Full Admissions Requirements
The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted the University of Arizona Global Campus course in a degree-seeking program. To start the fourth (4th) course, students must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined and must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their specific degree program. Students who do not complete all requirements will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program.
Submission of an official transcript from an approved accredited institution that awarded the accounting, business administration, economics, or finance baccalaureate or post-graduate degree indicating a minimum GPA of 2.0 with a degree conferral date prior to the start of the first course at the University of Arizona Global Campus University, or an approved waiver prior to the start of the first course at the University of Arizona Global Campus.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Furthermore, students seeking the Chartered Financial Analyst credential or other such industry related certifications are strongly encouraged to carefully research requirements prior to enrollment. The University of Arizona Global Campus does not guarantee that any professional organization or certifying entity will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purposes of professional certification.
Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
While the University of Arizona Global Campus does not collect applicant criminal background, certain criminal histories may prevent students from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in their chosen field of study.
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Careers in Finance
The Master of Science in Finance degree was designed to enhance lifetime value since it lays the foundation for continued growth in the financial industry. Graduates from this program may be able to pursue career opportunities such as:
- Branch Manager
- Research Analyst
- Portfolio Manager
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Analyst