MSF | Curriculum

MSF Curriculum 2014-2015

The MSF program will introduce several elective offerings for students beginning Summer 2013.

If you want to focus on Energy Finance, Corporate Finance or Consulting, or Asset and Investment Management, you can follow a suggested curriculum path to best meet your needs. 

Program Prerequisites

  • A three-credit-hour course in statistics
  • A three-credit-hour course in economics

If you don't meet these prerequisites at the time you apply, you must take these courses by Summer 2014.

MSF Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the MSF Program consists of 36 credit hours. Most students complete it in about 10 months. All students in the program begin coursework in the summer session.

Summer

(5 credit hours over approximately 3 weeks, beginning late July)

  • Financial Management
    Major topics in the corporate core class include time value of money, project selection methods (NPV and IRR), and the basics of capital markets and pricing risky capital, all with a heavy emphasis on the use of excel spreadsheet models. On completion of the core corporate class students will be able to calculate the present and future value of cash flow streams, model projects and calculate project selection metrics such as NPV and IRR, and estimate discount rates for use in project analysis and valuation.
  • Valuation
    The valuation course focuses on the valuation of businesses using Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) modeling and comparable company multiples, and includes rigorous assignments involving estimating a firm’s cost of capital using comparable company returns and financial data, and constructing a complete DCF model and valuation for a publicly traded company of their choosing. On completion of the valuation course students will be able to construct and use rigorous valuation spreadsheet models for valuing businesses or major investment projects, estimate costs of capital and firm value using comparable company analysis, and consider real-world adjustments in value related to control premiums or liquidity discounts.

Fall Session- 16 Credit Hours

First Fall Term (7 Weeks)

  • Financial Accounting
    Introductory Financial Accounting provides an overview of the accrual accounting model, how corporate financial statements report particular economic events, and the economic incentives of corporate managers as they exercise their judgment to prepare financial statements. By the end of the course the students will feel comfortable reading the financial statements in published annual reports, and will be able to come to a reasoned conclusion about a company’s financial health.
  • Statistics for Financial Applications
    The course focuses on the use of data analytic, probability and statistics tools in financial applications. The main topics of the course are probability, conditional expectation, basic estimation concepts and regression analysis. Upon completion of the course, students will master basic statistics and learn how to use regression models to analyze real, applied problems. Emphasis is placed on analysis of actual datasets and the use of appropriate computational tools necessary for the analysis.

Second Fall Term (7 Weeks)

  • Financial Statement and Security Analysis
    Financial Statement Analysis provides an overview of the use of financial accounting information to (a) for evaluate past performance, (b) predict future performance, and (c) independently estimate the value of a company. By the end of the course the students will be able to conduct a complete financial analysis for a publicly-traded company, including ratio analysis, forecasted financial statements, and estimates of company value using on several alternative valuation models. 
  • Practicum in Finance (Part I)

Both Fall Modules (14 Weeks)

  • Investment Theory and Practice
    Major topics in Investment Theory and Practice include modern portfolio theory, asset allocation and the valuation and use of equities, fixed income, derivatives and mutual funds.  On completion of this course, students will understand the relationship between risk and return, how decisions are made with respect to putting together a portfolio and how investors select and use different types of securities.
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
    Advanced Corporate Finance focuses on issues concerning raising capital (designing corporate capital structure, issuing equity, debt, convertibles, etc.) and investing it (project evaluation, budgeting, and acquisitions). The course provides an opportunity to acquire or improve useful financial skills such as computing cost of capital, pricing options, assessing and managing financial risk, and valuing acquisitions.
  • Managerial Economics
    Managerial Economics focuses on the microeconomics and macroeconomic forces that influence an organizations decisions, including interest rates, business cycles, financial systems, input demand and supply, industry factors, market structure, and externalities.

Spring Session - 15 Credit Hours

First Spring Term (7 Weeks)

Required
  • Practicum in Finance
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Portfolio Management
Choose 1
  • Fixed Income
  • Energy Technologies

Second Spring Term (7 Weeks)

Required
  • Financial Statement and Security Analysis
    Financial Statement Analysis provides an overview of the use of financial accounting information to (a) for evaluate past performance, (b) predict future performance, and (c) independently estimate the value of a company. By the end of the course the students will be able to conduct a complete financial analysis for a publicly-traded company, including ratio analysis, forecasted financial statements, and estimates of company value using on several alternative valuation models. 
Choose 3
  • Derivatives
  • Quantitative Trading Strategies
  • Raising Capital
  • Financial Strategies and Risk Management
  • Advanced Accounting

Curriculum Paths

All students take the required summer and fall curriculum paths and may choose the following spring curriculum paths:

Energy Finance

Corporate Finance or Consulting

Asset or Investment Management

Intermediate Accounting
Intermediate Accounting  Intermediate Accounting 
Portfolio Management  Portfolio Management  Portfolio Management 
Energy Technologies  Fixed Income  Fixed Income 
Advanced Modeling and Valuation  Advanced Modeling and Valuation Advanced Modeling and Valuation
Energy Derivatives Raising Capital Derivatives 
Raising Capital  Financial Strategies and Risk Management  Quantitative Trading Strategies 
Quantitative Trading Strategies (for energy traders) OR Advanced Accounting (for energy IB)  Advanced Accounting                                                                                                                  
Raising Capital OR Financial Strategies and Risk Management                                                               

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