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Graduate Course Descriptions

FINA 51.521   (1-1-0)   Foundations of Finance

This course presents an overview of fundamental concepts in finance. Topics include introduction to financial markets: institutions and instruments, determination of interest rates, financial statement analysis, risk and return relationship and CAPM, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, and other related topics. Equivalent to FINA 3301 Corporate Financial Management.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

FINA 6301   (3-3-0)   Corporate Finance

This course examines the theory and practice of corporate financial decision making to maximize the firm's value. The major topics include capital budgeting, risk-return relationship and capital market theory, market efficiency, capital structure, dividend policy, long-term financing and working capital management. Selected cases will be analyzed in conjunction with these topics.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 51.521 or undergraduate equivalent.

FINA 6302   (3-3-0)   Capital Markets and Institutions

This course explores the connection between financial markets and the economy, and the effects of the Federal Reserve's monetary and regulatory policies. Topics covered include the determination of interest rates, the interrelationships between the Federal Reserve Bank, the Treasury, and other financial institutions, including insurance companies, international banking, investment banking, commercial banking, and other related topics.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 6301.

FINA 6321   (3-3-0)   International Finance

This course examines the financial management of multinational corporations and the rapidly changing international financial markets. The survey of global financial markets includes the study of international monetary systems, foreign exchange rates, foreign exchange markets, currency futures, options and swaps, and Eurocurrency and Eurobond markets. The course also covers some of the international financial management issues such as multinational risk management.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 6301.

FINA 6331   (3-3-0)   Investments

This course covers the analysis and valuation of equity and fixed-income securities, and their markets will be covered. It also deals with the structure and operations of the markets in which these securities are traded. Topics discussed include the modern portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), the arbitrage pricing theory (APT), different investment tools and their markets, mutual funds, market efficiency and anomalies, bond valuation and duration, stock valuation models, and other related issues.  

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 6301.

FINA 6332   (3-3-0)   Futures and Options

This course covers derivative securities such as forward, futures, options and swaps and their markets. Topics include the determination of forward and futures prices, financial futures and commodity futures, swaps, Black-Scholes option pricing, binomial option pricing, index options, currency options, interest options, options on futures, hedging and risk management techniques, application of option pricing in corporate financial management, and other issues related to derivative securities.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 6301.

FINA 6351   (3-3-0)   Advanced Managerial Finance

This course is an in-depth analysis of financial management issues faced by financial managers. It covers advanced topics in capital budgeting, the use of option pricing in corporate financial management, working capital management, different types of short-term financing, lease financing, and other hybrid security financing, the use of derivative securities in corporate risk management, financial planning and control, and other related topics.  

  • Offered: Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: FINA 6301.

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