Finance Course Descriptions

FIN 522 - Introduction to Finance (2 hours)
Principles of financial management; financial systems and flow of funds; time value of money and its application; raising and allocation of funds; financial analysis, planning, and forecasting. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: ATG 505; ECO 506; QM 501.

FIN 622 - Financial Management (3 hours)
The financial framework of business; principles governing the operation of financial markets. Management of the flow of funds through a company; evaluation of alternative methods of financing under changing conditions; capital and cash budgeting; valuation problems. Prerequisite: MBA prerequisite courses completed.

FIN 623 - Multinational Financial Management (3 hours)
How global financial markets accommodate various cultural, legal, economic, and exchange rate systems. How different conventions apply to country-specific accounting, operating, marketing, and financing. Multinational interaction and exposure management are emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 624 - Capital Budgeting (3 hours)
Long-term capital investment decisions, policy, concepts, tools and techniques. Builds on NPV decision rule, cash flow, CAPM and APT, real options, and jump process approaches; risk considerations emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of foundation courses, FIN 622.

FIN 625 - Financial Analysis (3 hours)
Contemporary theoretical and applied approaches to analyzing financial health. Managerial implications. Application and interpretation of ratios; univariate and multivariate tools. Financial modeling. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 627 - Financial Risk Management (3 hours)
Risks induced by input factor, interest rate, and currency exchange rate changes are analyzed for interpretation, reduction, offset, or alternative adjustment. How the firm can enhance financial performance relative to risk taken. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 628 - Socially Responsible Financial Policy (3 hours)
Explores through research and discussion the implications of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the traditional value/profit motive of corporate financial policy. Readings and case studies will be used to explore CSR topics such as environmental issues; shareholder activism; fair trade; philanthropy; fair compensation; socially responsible investing and other related topics.

FIN 633 - Quantitative Methods in Finance (3 hours)
Emphasizes the mathematical structure of and methods for model solutions in asset and derivative pricing, capital budgeting and real options, financing and liquidity. Includes solutions of systems of equations, complementarity, and optimization. Applications of numerical analysis, integration and differentiation, functional and differential equation solutions. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 636 - Fixed Income (3 hours)
Develops term structure models and options based on fixed-income securities. Standard lognormal models, short-term interest rate models, and more complex derivative models. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 637 - Derivatives II (3 hours)
Advanced topics in derivative securities. Builds on introduction to derivatives and fixed income course. Develops numerical techniques used to implement pricing methodologies, term structure models, and options based on fixed income securities. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 639 - Uncertainty Analysis and Measurement (3 hours)
The nature and importance of modeling and measuring uncertainty; theoretical and computational approaches to modeling and measuring uncertainty; qualitative and quantitative uncertainty modeling and measurement; computational issues in uncertainty modeling and measurement; simulation, moment generating and characteristic probability functions. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

FIN 649 - Quantitative Finance Capstone (3 hours)
A capstone course that will develop topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. A maximum of three credit hours of topics courses are allowed. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 655 - Practicum in Quantitative Finance (3 hours)
Providing solutions to complex financial problems under faculty supervision, with a financial benefit. May involve research with faculty. Up to three hours credit. Repeatable to a combined total of six credit hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Master of Science in Quantitative Methods student in good standing; approval of Director of Master of Science in Quantitative Methods program.

FIN 658 - Topics in Finance (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

FIN 659 - Topics in Quantitative Finance (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 660 - Readings in Finance (1-3 hours)
Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.