Master of Science in FinanceCurriculum

Our Master of Science in Finance’s curriculum covers established and emerging concepts, practices, and technology in the financial industry, with a focus on preparing you for your choice of specialization within the field.

Core courses are taught at the FIU I-75 at Miramar, Florida, at Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami, and at FIU Downtown on Brickell.  The specialty tracks and course locations are noted below. You may select whichever specialty and campus you prefer.

Core courses

In-depth examination of asset, liability and capital structure management, with emphasis on valuation capital budgeting techniques; risk evaluation; working capital management, and methods of short-term, intermediate and long-term financing. Prerequisite: ACG 6026 or equivalent

Introduction to mathematical and statistical methods used in finance. The applications of computer techniques to financial management. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

An analysis of securities and the organization and operation of their markets. The determination of the risk reward structure of equity and debt securities and their valuation. Special emphasis on common stocks. Other topics include options, mutual fluids and technical analysis. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

This course focuses on the workings of the U.S.'s and world's financial markets and institutions. It spans interest rate determination, federal policy, and management and policies of commercial banks.

An examination of the structure, uses, and strategies associated with financial futures markets. Valuation, hedging. speculative activity, and the other futures related risk management issues are discussed. The varieties of fixed income securities and their default risk. The valuation of fixed income securities and their use in the investment and risk management. Prerequisite: FIN 6246

A survey of financial instruments used for financial risk management, including forwards, futures, options and swaps. Emphasis is on identification of financial risks and designing optimal risk management program. Prerequisite: FIN 6246 or FIN 6515

This course covers aspects of strategic financial environment and management of firms that operate in a global arena; to include recent developments in financial strategy, international trade and economic decision-making.

Practical and theoretical problems associated with the techniques of optimal portfolio selection, construction, and revision. The portfolio objectives of individuals, corporations and fluids. Measurement of portfolio performance and related empirical evidence. The role of computers in portfolio management. Prerequisite: FIN 6515. Required Electives: Financial Management

Examination of fundamental analysis of corporate financial planning and financial statements. Identification of reliable estimates of fundamental corporate earning power and earning risks and valuation.

Specialty Courses

Financial Management track is offered at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

The objectives, constraints, and policies applicable to the management of commercial banks. Emphasis will be given to asset and liability management, marketing of services and other banking functions. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

The theory of capital allocation or the level of the firm, and empirical findings. Decision models and their application. The pattern of capital expenditure of industries and of the economy as a whole. Investment determinants. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

Advanced theories and applications underlying financial decision making. Case studies and model building. Topics may include valuation, capital structure, dividend policy, restructuring. mergers and acquisition, corporate bankruptcy, agency theory and initial public offerings. Prerequisite: FIN 6428. Required Electives: Investments 

Investments track is offered at the Miramar Center

Advanced theories and applications underlying financial decision making. Case studies and model building. Topics may include valuation, capital structure, dividend policy, restructuring. mergers and acquisition, corporate bankruptcy, agency theory and initial public offerings. Prerequisite: FIN 6428. Required Electives: Investments

This course examines advanced issues in options and financial engineering; including quantitative aspects of options models credit risk instruments, and how to develop new securities. Prerequisite: FIN 6487 or Equivalent

The objective of the course is to examine in detail some of the latest advanced theories, analysis, strategies, and applications in the valuation and management of equity and fixed income instruments both locally and globally. Pre-requisites: FiN 6515, FIN 6538, FIN 6525. Required Electives: International Banking 

International Banking & Financial Institutions track is offered at FIU Downtown on Brickell

The objectives, constraints, and policies applicable to the management of commercial banks. Emphasis will be given to asset and liability management, marketing of services and other banking functions. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

This course examines the management of the international banking function; setting goals and developing strategies, establishing an organizational structure, and managing operations. It looks at international banking services, foreign lending, risks, restraints, and portfolio considerations. International banking trends and implications for regulation also are covered. 

This course examines how the accounting framework is integrated with tools and techniques for the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. Evaluation of risk in domestic and foreign loans and the pricing of credit facilities. Prerequisite: FIN 6428

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