Master of Science Degree in Finance

Financial Analysis Major

This degree program is specially designed for asset managers that want to broaden the scope of the services they offer. Study topics range from investing and finance to detailed analysis.

You’ll leave your studies with an in-depth investment knowledge gained via real-world situations and case scenarios.

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  • All course content is based upon real-world scenarios
  • Maximize your critical thinking skills with research-based coursework
  • Competitive pricing. You can earn a graduate degree for less than $15,000
  • The College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Flexible curriculum that caters to your personal educational goals
  • Study on your own time from anywhere in the world
  • Learn from industry expert professors using text, video, and interactive forums
  • An opportunity to obtain the MPASSM designation upon completion of the program
  • Military Friendly

If you currently hold the AWMA® or ADPA® designations you could be eligible for up to 6 hours of transfer credit. Contact us for complete details.

Required Courses

COM500 Communication & Research Techniques

Credit Hours: 1 hrs

COM500 Communication & Research Techniques for Master’s Students

This one-credit course provides a basic introduction to Internet research, the APA Style and Publishing Manual, use of the College website, and the University Library.

PFP512 Investment Planning

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP512 Investment Planning

This course covers a variety of investment vehicles that can be included in a client’s portfolio, as well as client assessment, tax considerations, economic factors, valuation methods, asset allocation techniques, and portfolio performance evaluation.

PFP550 Portfolio Management for Personal Financial Planners

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP550 Portfolio Management for Personal Financial Planners

The investment planning process between a financial planner and a client is covered in detail. The course covers the theory of investment management, security valuation, and portfolio management, including the analysis of risk and return and portfolio performance evaluation. The course exposes you to a balanced presentation of both the theoretical and practical aspects of investment management through analysis of a case study in personal investment management.

ACC510 Financial Statement Analysis

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ACC510 Financial Statement Analysis

This course introduces accounting tools applied in fundamental investment analysis. You will be introduced to financial statement analysis covering accrual accounting, cash flow analysis, financial ratios, earnings per share, asset and liabilities analysis, and accounting disclosure.

FIN520 Quantitative Analysis

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN520 Quantitative Analysis

The course covers fundamental statistics and the time value concepts related to investment analysis. Topics include compounding/discounting, investment returns, cost of capital, capital budgeting techniques, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, basic probability concepts, linear regression, correlation, and hypothesis testing.

FIN521 Economics & Derivatives

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN521 Economics & Derivatives

The first half of the course introduces you to demand and supply, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, gross domestic product, fiscal and monetary policy, the banking system, consumer choice and indifference curves, cost of production, pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic completion, oligopoly, and the demand and supply of productive resources.

The second half looks at derivative markets, derivative pricing, and derivative trading and hedging strategies. The course looks at derivative pricing using Black-Scholes option pricing model, binary option pricing model, and cost-of-carry futures pricing. Derivative strategies include covered calls, protective spreads, and portfolio insurance.

FIN523 Debt Analysis

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN523 Debt Analysis

An introduction to the analysis of debt investments. Debt topics cover characteristics of debt securities, yield measures, fixed income security valuation, measurement of interest rate risk, and spot forward rates. Valuing bonds and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, and credit analysis are also covered.

FIN552 Corporate Finance

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN552 Corporate Finance

This course covers the principles of corporate finance. Topics include corporate governance, capital budgeting, cost of capital, cash management, financial statement analysis, and mergers and acquisitions.

FIN610 Advanced Portfolio Management

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN610 Advanced Portfolio Management

This course covers advanced investment issues, products, and strategies of concern at the portfolio management level. Topics include economic forecasting, psychological influences on security prices, use of options and futures to alter the risk/return profile of a portfolio, portfolio diversification using foreign stocks and alternative investments, and global performance evaluation tools and techniques.

FIN523: Debt Analysis -OR- FIN525: Equity Valuation

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN523 Debt Analysis

An introduction to the analysis of debt investments. Debt topics cover characteristics of debt securities, yield measures, fixed income security valuation, measurement of interest rate risk, and spot forward rates. Valuing bonds and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, and credit analysis are also covered.

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FIN525 Equity Valuation

An introduction to the valuation of equity investments. Topics cover applying the capital asset pricing model and estimating required return and beta for investments. Various methods of valuation including the dividend discount, free cash flow, residual income, and market based models are covered, as well as private company and startup valuation.

PFP552: Alternative Investments -OR- PFP554: Behavioral Finance

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP552 Alternative Investments

This course takes a comprehensive look at various techniques and alternative investment designed to provide portfolio diversification, and their effectiveness. Alpha and beta drivers, real estate, hedge funds, commodities, private equity, and derivatives are covered. The course also analyzes the historical growth patterns and valuation models utilized in both domestic and global alternative investment markets.

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PFP554 Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Money

This course explores behavioral finance and its impact on creating portfolios. Various biases are explored, and then applied to real-world case studies. Also explored is the psychology of money, which looks at how individuals think of money, and how past experiences can impact how they view and handle money on a day to day basis – this includes exploring money scripts and money disorders.

Capstone Course

FIN642 Integrated Capstone Project

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN642 Integrated Capstone Project

The Capstone Course for the Master of Science in Finance, Financial Analysis Major combines everything that you have learned into a single comprehensive case study. This course focuses on portfolio construction for an institution including establishing goals and objectives, developing an IPS, justifying the global economic outlook and global capital market expectations, and calculating a company valuation.

Elective Choices (Choose Two)

ETH550 Business Ethics

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ETH550 Business Ethics

This course is designed to explore the ethical dimension in the current global business environment; study and apply the major normative ethical theories to business situations; understand the relevance of stakeholders to business decisions; improve ethical and moral decision-making processes; analyze case studies that present ethical business dilemmas; understand moral, amoral, and immoral decisions in business situations; and encourage ethical behavior and professionalism in all activities.

ECO510 Money & Banking

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ECO510 Money & Banking

This course uses advanced economic theories and principles to explain the structures of financial markets, financial institution management, and the role of interest rates and money in the economy.

ECO550 Managerial Economics

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ECO550 Managerial Economics

This is an advanced course in microeconomics. Topics include behavioral economics, market structure, optimization, game theory, production and cost, pricing, demand analysis, creating and capturing value, and incentive conflicts and contracts.

ECO551 Global Economics

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ECO551 Global Economics

This course presents economic theory in a global environment. Topics include contemporary global economic issues, trade and income distribution, regional economic integration, the international monetary system, the exchange rate system, and the global balance of payments equilibrium and disequilibrium.

PFP552 Alternative Investments

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP552 Alternative Investments

This course takes a comprehensive look at various techniques and alternative investment designed to provide portfolio diversification, and their effectiveness. Alpha and beta drivers, real estate, hedge funds, commodities, private equity, and derivatives are covered. The course also analyzes the historical growth patterns and valuation models utilized in both domestic and global alternative investment markets.

PFP554 Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Money

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP554 Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Money

This course explores behavioral finance and its impact on creating portfolios. Various biases are explored, and then applied to real-world case studies. Also explored is the psychology of money, which looks at how individuals think of money, and how past experiences can impact how they view and handle money on a day to day basis – this includes exploring money scripts and money disorders.

PFP590 Women & Financial Planning

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

PFP590 Women & Financial Planning

Covers the unique financial issues facing women today. You will learn to apply each aspect of the financial planning process to women and their particular needs. The goal of this course is to provide basic tools and concepts for individuals practicing in the field of personal financial planning, of which women comprise a portion of their client base.

FIN511 Global Finance

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN511 Global Finance

This course uses advanced economic theory to explain the workings of the global monetary system and financial markets and institutions.

FIN560 Public Finance

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN560 Public Finance

This course utilizes advanced economic theories to examine and explain the effects of government programs and policies on the national economy.

FIN550 Financial Decision Making

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

FIN550 Financial Decision Making

This course incorporates the principles of risk/return, valuation, ratio analysis, capital structure, cost of capital, and capital budgeting techniques to corporate finance.

ECO620 Advanced Microeconomics

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

ECO620 Advanced Microeconomics

This course builds upon the concepts of an introductory microeconomics course. This course introduces the microeconomic concepts of supply and demand analysis, theories of firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Application of the microeconomic concepts is tested through addressing problems in current economic policy.

Program Delivery and Structure

The Master of Science program is delivered via a state-of-the-art asynchronous learning platform. This means that you can pursue your degree from anywhere in the world and study when it’s convenient for you. Your studies will revolve around real-world scenarios and cases with a focus on research and critical thinking skills.

Classes are held five times per year with sessions beginning every January, March, May, August, and October. Each course is eight weeks with a two-week break between classes.

Pricing
Application Fee

$80

3 Credit Hour Courses

$1200

5 Credit Hour Course

$2000

Student Loans are available

The curriculum is based on a client-centered, problem-solving method using case studies to give you a hands-on approach to the material. The College’s highly qualified faculty is available via telephone or e-mail to support you in your studies.

Masters Program Start Dates

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    12
    Aug
    2014
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    06
    Oct
    2014

    Graduate & Certificate Programs Session

    College for Financial Planning
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    21
    Oct
    2014
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    15
    Dec
    2014

    Graduate & Certificate Programs Session

    College for Financial Planning