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Courses - FIN Graduate Level

501. Financial Management Concepts (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
Integration of computers, management information systems and cases to: (1) time value of money, risk, valuation, cost of capital, capital structure; (2) capital budgeting; (3) long-term financing decisions; (4) working capital policy and management; (5) financial analysis and planning.
Letter grade only (A-F).

600. Seminar in Business Finance (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
An in-depth analysis of financial theories and analytical techniques with an emphasis on case study and computer application. It covers topics from fundamental issues like securities valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and dividend policy to more advanced issues like capital structure, mergers and acquisition, IPOs, and hybrid securities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

610. Financial Analysis and Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
The role of the financial statements and the annual report in the financial reporting process. Using ratio analysis, students analyze past firm performance and make forecasts of future performance. Students study the effects of differing accounting methods on financial analysis. The study and the application of code of ethics and standards of professional conduct.
Letter grade only (A-F).

615. Financial Management (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing and demonstrated basic knowledge of finance.
An overview of financial theory and management. Building from the wealth-maximization goal and agency theory, the course focuses on using financial statement information in a variety of ways to engage in effective financial management. Topics include: (1) financial analysis and planning; (2) time value of money, (3) risk and returns, (4) valuation, (5) cost of capital and capital structure; (6) capital budgeting; and (7) long-term financing decisions. While some topics are introduced in other courses, the discussion is extended and deepened in this course. Also provides finance fundamentals elaborated on later in the program.
Letter grade only (A-F).

620. Capital Budgeting (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, FIN 600.
Theory of capital budgeting within the framework of the firm. Cost of capital determination and logic of expansion vs. growth, and equity financing vs. debt financing. Computer applications required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

630. Seminar in Financial Forecasting (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, FIN 600.
Research projects in industry, individual company, product and commodity areas. Computer applications required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar in Economic and Quantitative Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
Microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis for financial managers. Application of quantitative analysis and statistical models to economic and financial data in the decision making process of firms and financial institutions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

650. Seminar in Investments (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, FIN 600.
Security analysis, portfolio planning, balance and adjustment as related to (1) individual circumstances of the investor, (2) specific market conditions and (3) broader financial aspects of the economy. Presentation and interpretation of student reports on selected topics.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

660. Seminar in Financial Institutions (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
This seminar explores several important topics: (1) The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy, (2) Mortgage Markets, (3) Structures, Compositions, Regulations and Risk Assessments of various financial institutions, (4) Securitization and Loan Sales, and (5) Credit Risk and Liquidity Risk.
Letter grade only (A-F).

670. Seminar in Equity Securities and Valuation (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
Topics include: (1) The Corporate Form of Business and the Rights of Equity Stockholders: Common and Preferred stocks; (2) Equity Valuation: Application and Processes; (3) Risk and Return Concepts and Cost of Capital; (4) Discounted Dividend Valuation; (5) Free Cash Flow Valuation; (6) Residual Income Valuation; (7) Market-Based Valuation; (8) Private Company Valuation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

680. Seminar in Derivatives (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
This is an advanced course in derivatives. Topics will include: futures markets, options markets, options on futures, trading strategies, volatilities and risk management, credit risk, credit and interest rate swaps, energy and commodity derivatives, volatility derivatives, hedging and speculation, modeling and valuation, and derivative market regulation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

685. Fixed-Income Securities (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, FIN 600.
This is a seminar course covering various topics related to the analysis, valuation, and management of fixed income securities. Specific topics discussed may include bond market segments, arbitrage free valuation, the impact of embedded options, risk measurement and analysis, and bond portfolio management.
Letter grade only (A-F).

690. Seminar in International Finance (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, FIN 600.
Real and monetary factors in the finance of international business, international capital markets, movement of funds and special problem areas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

691. Seminar in Integrated Financial Management (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
This seminar explores several important topics: ethical and professional standards, behavioral finance, individual investors, institutional investors, economic analysis, asset allocation, portfolio management, wealth planning, trading and rebalancing, performance evaluation and global investment performance standard.
Letter grade only (A-F).

695. Selected Topics in Finance (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing and consent of instructor.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Topics announced in Schedule of Classes.

697. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate business standing and consent of instructor.
Individual study under direction of faculty.
Letter grade only (A-F).

699A-B. Applied Portfolio Management (3-3)

Prerequisites: FIN 699A: Graduate business standing; FIN 520, FIN 600, FIN 650; consent of instructor and department chair.
FIN 699B: Graduate business standing; FIN 699A; consent of instructor and department chair.
FIN 699A offered in Fall and accepted students must enroll in FIN 699B in Spring.
Participation in management of actual investment portfolio. Research, monitor, and analyze securities and make, buy and sell recommendations for a student-managed investment fund. Contribute to publication of semi-annual fund report. Market, sector and firm analysis with presentations and outside research.
Letter grade only (A-F).


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