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Learn how businesses raise the capital they need to start and sustain themselves. Understand how people invest in companies and how financial markets work. Professors share firsthand knowledge and real-world perspectives on how an economy allocates money to where it will have the most value — giving you the strategic advantage.

Finance Core Course
 MGT 6060    Financial Management
The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts used for valuation in finance and their applications. Topics include time value of money, capital budgeting, risk and return, capital structure, dividend policy, and working capital management.
Finance Electives

Courses marked with a * may be counted toward the Corporate Finance (CF), Quantitative Finance (QF), or Real Estate (RE) concentrations.

*(CF) MGT 6066    Corporate Restructuring
Understand economic underpinnings of corporate acquisitions. Address sources of acquisitional value and managerial incentives. Take an interdisciplinary approach, looking at legal, economic, and strategic issues. Explore types of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, and more.

*(RE) MGT 6067    Financial Aspects of Commercial Real Estate
This course will examine commercial real estate assets from two perspectives: the unique nature of the financing and ownership structures and their role as an asset class in investment portfolios.

*(CF) MGT 6070    International Finance
Learn how to deal with exchange rate risk and market imperfections. Maximize benefit of expanded global opportunities. Explore foreign exchange risk management, international corporate governance, and cross-border M&A. Explore management of multinational firms.

MGT 6071    Multinational Financial Management
This course emphasizes decision making for the multinational firm amidst exchange rate fluctuations, differing tax structures across countries, and political risk via case discussion and analysis.

*(QF) MGT 6078    Finance & Investments  
Acquire analytical tools for sound investment decisions. Explore concepts of risk, return, asset allocation, portfolio theory, and more. Material is mostly quantitative. Examine the changing landscape of investment management and the causes and impacts of the financial crisis. Includes discussion on ethics in investing.

MGT 6080    Investments  
Acquire analytical tools for sound investment decisions. Explore concepts of risk, return, asset allocation, portfolio theory, and more. Material is mostly quantitative. Examine the changing landscape of investment management and the causes and impacts of the financial crisis. Includes discussion on ethics in investing.

*(QF) MGT 6081    Derivative Securities
Acquire basic working knowledge of how derivatives markets function. Learn various types of derivatives, including swaps, options, forwards, etc. Discuss basic numerical methods and risk management. Discuss why derivatives are used, how they are used, and how they are priced.

*(RE) MGT 6082    Fundamentals of Real Estate Development
Provides a multidisciplinary overview/survey of the development process — from conception of the idea/vision through project completion and ongoing management. Understand the main drivers of change, critical issues, nature of a development team in the future, and the essential leadership characteristics of a developer and development team. Explore emerging technologies and the role they will play in the future world of real estate development.

*(RE) MGT 6083    Real Estate Practicum
Learn where real estate-related opportunities are in a gradually improving economy/market. Understand the future nature of work, the environment where work will occur, and the links with productivity. Work with external organizations such as CBRichardEllis and the Corporate Real Estate - Innovation Council sponsored by American Express Company.

*(CF) MGT 6086    Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
Current and future managers and entrepreneurs learn to use financial perspective in value creation. Learn effective entrepreneurial practices from the perspectives of users and suppliers of capital and other stakeholders. Focus on financial management within entrepreneurial firms. Cover all phases of life cycle from idea generation to harvesting.

*(CF & QF) MGT 6090    Management of Financial Institutions
Introduction to the financial intermediation sector and the various risks that the financial institutions face. Many tools and topics in the course may be relevant to non-financial firms, such as credit risk. Understand tools to manage financial risks within the firm.

*(QF) MGT 6769    Fixed Income Securities
Understand the basic risk-free term structure models and sensitivity measures as well as standard techniques for valuing fixed income securities and credit risk derivatives as well as their shortcomings. Understand the mathematics of bond market: yield, duration, and convexity.

Concentration in Corporate Finance

The concentration in Corporate Finance, through its courses, teaches a core set of skills in financial modeling, debt and equity issues, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, and risk management necessary in corporate finance positions as well as in other careers such as consulting. Our students develop the skills and knowledge base to undertake positions in:

  • investment banks and commercial banks,
  • corporate finance, treasury, and business development positions in Fortune 500 and mid-cap companies,
  • financial consulting and corporate strategy roles,
  • venture capital and private equity firms, and
  • general management positions.

Students pursuing a concentration in Corporate Finance should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives. The core course may not be counted toward a concentration. See elective classes (above) for course descriptions.

MGT 6066    Corporate Restructuring
MGT 6070    International Finance
MGT 6086    Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
MGT 6090    Management of Financial Institutions

Concentration in Quantitative Finance

The MBA concentration in Quantitative Finance allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of quantitative finance. Students pursuing this concentration will take finance classes offered by the nationally ranked Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) program. The QCF program is an intensive, multidisciplinary graduate program with collaboration from Scheller College of Business, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and the School of Mathematics. Students will develop quantitative finance skills needed to embark on a successful career in the financial services industry.

Students pursuing a concentration in Quantitative Finance should complete the required course below and six additional credit hours (two courses) from the following electives. See elective classes (above) for course descriptions.

Required course:

MGT 6785    Practice of Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF)
The course will consist of case studies, visiting lecturers from financial institutions, and student group projects of an advanced nature — all centered around quantitative and computational finance. The group projects deal with applicable problems in areas such as asset management, credit risk, and pricing of derivatives. The course involves significant data analysis using big data sets. The groups will be required to formulate and analyze the project problem, and implement and present their solutions to the problems.

Two additional courses from below:

Concentration in Real Estate

The real estate industry is experiencing dynamic changes in response to the global demand for new facilities of all types, incorporating rapidly developing technologies, and responding to significant demographic and lifestyle drivers of change, as well as to major changes in the real estate capital markets and the methods of financing major projects.

These changes are creating exciting career opportunities in both the private and public sectors throughout the world for those who understand them and can anticipate and understand their impact. These courses will be taught by professors and leaders in the industry who have current real world experience in this exciting field.

A concentration in Real Estate prepares students for a diverse set of career opportunities in a highly entrepreneurial global industry. These include real estate development, public and private finance, consulting, brokerage, property and facilities management, and land use planning.

Students pursuing a concentration in Real Estate should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives. The core course may not be counted toward a concentration. See elective classes (above) for course descriptions.

MGT 6067    Financial Aspects of Commercial Real Estate
MGT 6082    Fundamentals of Real Estate Development
MGT 6083    Real Estate Practicum

MGT 8803    Legal Aspects of Real Estate (Law & Ethics course)
This course introduces students to legal considerations in real estate transactions and land use planning. Students will become familiar with the nature and scope of real estate, the rights of others in such property, and types of ownership. Students will study aspects of transactions for the sale, purchase and lease of real estate, including the retention of agents, the preparation of sales contracts and leases, the procurement of title insurance, and financing and the conduct of closings. Additionally, students will become familiar with legal principles governing the regulation of real estate and land use planning, including the rights and duties of landowners and occupants and the impact of zoning and environmental laws.

Concentrations are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas. Learn more.