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    Sep 17, 2014

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    Nov 05, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4 Credits)

    Business Communications focuses on effective communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one communication and engagement with larger audiences.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 500: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the workings of the U.S. and world financial markets and institutions. It spans interest rate determination, federal policy, and management and policies of commercial banks. 

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 510: RISK ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the financial instruments used for financial risk management, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps. An emphasis is placed on the identification of financial risks and designing an optimal risk management program. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 520: CORPORATE FINANCE (4 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding and analyzing the asset, liability, and capital structure of corporations. Students will examine valuation and capital budgeting techniques and risk evaluation, and build a strong understanding of how and why corporations make specific financial decisions.

    Prerequisites Required: GF 510

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 530: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    In this course, students will analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The identification of reliable estimates of fundamental corporate earning power and earning risks and valuation is a focus of the course. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 520

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 540: INVESTMENT AND SECURITIES ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    In this course, you will examine the principles, theories, and methods of investing. Topics include common stocks, options, mutual funds, fixed convertibles, and warrants.

    Prerequisites Required: GF 530

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 550: RETIREMENT PLANNING AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (4 Credits)

    This course explores retirement planning and employee benefits. Students will evaluate the provisions and rules associated with various plans and governmental regulations pertaining to benefits. Topics include retirement needs analysis, compensation plans, and other employee benefits. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 540

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 560: FIXED-INCOME AND FUTURES INVESTING (4 Credits)

    This course explores the structure, uses, and strategies associated with financial futures markets. Valuation, hedging, speculative activity, and other futures-related risk management issues are covered. The varieties of fixed-income securities and their default risk are also examined, in addition to the valuation of fixed-income securities and their use in investment and risk management. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 540

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 570: PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course blends portfolio theory with practical issues that students will encounter in their careers as financial professionals. Topics include identifying investor objectives and constraints, recognizing risk and return characteristics of investment vehicles, developing strategic asset allocations among equity, fixed-income, and risk-free assets, and utilizing derivative securities to manage portfolio risk and maximize portfolio returns. Also covered is the evaluation of portfolio and manager performance relative to investment objectives and appropriate benchmarks. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 540

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    GF 599: GRADUATE CAPSTONE IN FINANCE (4 Credits)

    This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Master of Science in Finance and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (16 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Financial Analysis Specialization

    GB 540: ECONOMICS FOR GLOBAL DECISION MAKERS (4 Credits)

    This course covers micro- and macroeconomic principles with an emphasis on decision making and strategic applications. Microeconomic topics include scarcity, supply and demand, elasticity, utility, profit maximization, cost structures, economic systems, labor markets, and entrepreneurship. Macroeconomic topics include international trade, national income accounting, exchange rates, money and banking, economic growth, and fiscal policy.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Financial Analysis Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 580: ETHICS FOR FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS (4 Credits)

    This course introduces the ethical standards and practices applicable to the finance industry. Students will investigate ethical problems encountered in financial environments and evaluate the effects various decisions have on stakeholders. 

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Analysis Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 581: FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the financial strategies used in a global environment. The relationship between international accounting and global business and investment strategies are discussed. Topics include recent developments in financial strategy, international trade, and economic decision making. 

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Analysis Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 582: STATISTICAL METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING (4 Credits)

    This course covers the theory and application of statistics for decision making when solving financial business problems. Topics include regression analysis and optimization modeling. Students will perform statistical analyses to offer solutions to financial-related problems and issues. 

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Analysis Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Financial Planning Specialization

    GF 590: PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth overview of personal financial planning. Students will learn how to prepare personal financial statements. Topics include time value of money, cash flow and debt management, education planning, risk management, retirement planning, financial planning ethics, and an overview of practice management concepts. 

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Planning Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 591: INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PLANNING (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to risk management and insurance decisions in personal financial planning. Topics include insurance for life, health, disability, property, and liability risks, as well as annuities, group insurance, and long-term care. 

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Planning Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 592: INCOME TAX PLANNING AND STRATEGIES (4 Credits)

    This course covers income tax planning and strategies used to formulate financial decisions. Students will explore the impact of taxes on family financial decisions. Topics include tax strategies and economic and management principles.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Financial Planning Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 593: ESTATE PLANNING (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on estate planning and the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client’s goals. Students will examine the legal, tax, financial, and nonfinan¬cial aspects of estate planning. Topics include trusts, wills, probate, advanced directives, charitable giving, wealth transfers, and related taxes. 

    Prerequisites Required: Must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

    Total Financial Planning Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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  • * Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Financial Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Financial-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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