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2017-2018

The information below is for those students entering the program in Fall 2017.

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Electives

You must take at least two STEM electives out of the four electives in the financial risk management (FRM) track.

STEM Electives

MGF 637LEC Financial Modeling

This course covers the models of corporate finance and investments. We will cover how to use spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, to build and analyze financial models. The financial models we will review are pro forma financial statement analysis, cost of capital modeling, portfolio management modeling, etc. Also, other empirical models of corporate finance and asset pricing will be introduced, such as time series properties of stock return etc. Although MGF633, MGF 641, and MGF 642 are not prerequisite for this course, taking those courses simultaneously will be plus.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12543 F1F LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Mohr, Elizabeth Jane

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11611 S1F LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 110 Mohr, Elizabeth Jane
23189 S2F LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 102 Mohr, Elizabeth Jane

MGF 639SEM Security Trading

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 (or equivalent)


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21439 F1F SEM TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Norton 209 Wolfe, Brian A
21440 F2F SEM TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Baldy 113 Wolfe, Brian A

MGF 690SEM Special Topics in Finance

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20388 F1F SEM Financial Analysis with R M 5 - 7:50 p.m. Jacobs 214 Yan, Yuxing

Non-STEM Electives

MGA 604LEC Fin Analysis & Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12651 F1A LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Toth, Jeannette

MGA 632LEC Fin Statement Analysis

Development of a framework for the analysis of financial statements: study of the firm's competitive environment and business strategy, critical review of accounting quality, assessment of financial condition, and evaluation of future prospects. Methods for translating forecasts into firm value estimates are studied, as well as the use of the analysis framework in making specific business decisions, such as investing in equity securities and evaluating firms' creditworthiness.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19911 F1A LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Kross, William

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11583 S1A LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 102 Kross, William

MGE 602LEC Global Economics

This purpose of this course is to provide business students with six core abilities in macro/globaleconomics: to understand the historical debate between government¿s role and free enterprise in the economy; to understand the components of the aggregate demand for goods and services; to be able to predict the effects of monetary policy on interest rates, prices, and national income; to understand the benefits of long term supply side changes and the policies that affect supply-side economics, to understand the impact of international trade and financial investment flows on interest rates, exchange rates and national income; and to be able to predict how various economic policies affect the long term growth potential of both developed and emerging markets.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGE 692 Special Topics in Economics

This course is not offered.

MGF 632SEM Corporate Governance & Finance

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 (or equivalent)


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21441 F1F SEM UNSP Online Nguyen, Thanh Chi

MGF 646SEM Institutional Investing

The seminar focuses on investment policy and portfolio management of tax-exempt institutional funds, with an emphasis on endowments. The class will discuss asset allocation, risk, the role of active management, incentive structures, governance, and manager selection and evaluation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 or equivalent or


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20697 S1F SEM F 9 - 11:40 a.m. Norton 210 Nguyen, Thanh Chi

MGF 657LEC Financial Innovation

This course introduces students to financial innovations and new products in the financial system. The course provides a general understanding of the financial evolution process, the causes and consequences of financial innovations, and the cost and value of these innovations. The course covers such topics as theory of financial innovation, the financial engineering process, birth and growth of new financial products, financial innovations and new debt, equity and derivative products, and the role of financial instruments in financial, investment and ristk management. The course emphasizes the motivations of financial innovation and methods to design financial instruments to solve complex financial problems and enhance investment returns.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12588 F1F LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 112 Wu, Chunchi

MGF 675LEC Multinational Banking and Finance

This course provides an in-depth study of practical applications and current issues faced by internationally active, large and complex banking organizations. Students will have an opportunity to further study how the changing landscape of multinational banks has affected commercial and international lending. We will also discuss key challenges today's corporate CFOs face in funding domestic and global business growth.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20493 F1F LEC F 1 - 3:40 p.m. Alfiero 103 Suchak, Sudhir D.

MGF 691 Special Topics in Finance

This course is not offered.

One other graduate course may be approved by the program director as an elective.

Note: Not all electives are offered every semester.

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Quantitative Finance Track

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MGA 604LEC Fin Analysis & Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12651 F1A LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Toth, Jeannette

MGA 632LEC Fin Statement Analysis

Development of a framework for the analysis of financial statements: study of the firm's competitive environment and business strategy, critical review of accounting quality, assessment of financial condition, and evaluation of future prospects. Methods for translating forecasts into firm value estimates are studied, as well as the use of the analysis framework in making specific business decisions, such as investing in equity securities and evaluating firms' creditworthiness.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19911 F1A LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Kross, William

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11583 S1A LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 102 Kross, William

MGE 602LEC Global Economics

This purpose of this course is to provide business students with six core abilities in macro/globaleconomics: to understand the historical debate between government¿s role and free enterprise in the economy; to understand the components of the aggregate demand for goods and services; to be able to predict the effects of monetary policy on interest rates, prices, and national income; to understand the benefits of long term supply side changes and the policies that affect supply-side economics, to understand the impact of international trade and financial investment flows on interest rates, exchange rates and national income; and to be able to predict how various economic policies affect the long term growth potential of both developed and emerging markets.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGE 692 Special Topics in Economics

This course is not offered.

MGF 632SEM Corporate Governance & Finance

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 (or equivalent)


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21441 F1F SEM UNSP Online Nguyen, Thanh Chi

MGF 639SEM Security Trading

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 (or equivalent)


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21439 F1F SEM TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Norton 209 Wolfe, Brian A
21440 F2F SEM TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Baldy 113 Wolfe, Brian A

MGF 641LEC Fin Policies & Strategy

The course emphasizes financing policies, e.g., capital structure policies, maturity decisions, dividend decisions, and determining financing needs and how to design optimal, long-term financing arrangements, including capital structure planning. The concept of the market for corporate control is introduced as a means of management discipline. Three to six comprehensive cases are used.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12300 F1F LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Baldy 115 Ogden, Joseph

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11622 S1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Jiang, Feng
17853 S2F LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 112 Jiang, Feng

Note: MGF 641 counts towards finance concentration, not IA concentration.

MGF 646SEM Institutional Investing

The seminar focuses on investment policy and portfolio management of tax-exempt institutional funds, with an emphasis on endowments. The class will discuss asset allocation, risk, the role of active management, incentive structures, governance, and manager selection and evaluation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGF 611 or MGF 631 or equivalent or


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20697 S1F SEM F 9 - 11:40 a.m. Norton 210 Nguyen, Thanh Chi

MGF 657LEC Financial Innovation

This course introduces students to financial innovations and new products in the financial system. The course provides a general understanding of the financial evolution process, the causes and consequences of financial innovations, and the cost and value of these innovations. The course covers such topics as theory of financial innovation, the financial engineering process, birth and growth of new financial products, financial innovations and new debt, equity and derivative products, and the role of financial instruments in financial, investment and ristk management. The course emphasizes the motivations of financial innovation and methods to design financial instruments to solve complex financial problems and enhance investment returns.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12588 F1F LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 112 Wu, Chunchi

MGF 661LEC Mgmt of Fin Institutions

The financial services industry is very dynamic and continues to undergo dramatic changes. Many forces contribute to the changes including interest rates, overall market and credit factors, consolidation within the industry, and regulations. From this perspective, the course explores the basic management problems in the credit, investment, and financing administration functions of financial institutions, including commercial banks in the United States and abroad.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGF 631 Or MGQ 606


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12381 F1F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 104 Suchak, Sudhir D.
12623 F2F LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Suchak, Sudhir D.

MGF 675LEC Multinational Banking and Finance

This course provides an in-depth study of practical applications and current issues faced by internationally active, large and complex banking organizations. Students will have an opportunity to further study how the changing landscape of multinational banks has affected commercial and international lending. We will also discuss key challenges today's corporate CFOs face in funding domestic and global business growth.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20493 F1F LEC F 1 - 3:40 p.m. Alfiero 103 Suchak, Sudhir D.

MGF 690SEM Special Topics in Finance

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20388 F1F SEM Financial Analysis with R M 5 - 7:50 p.m. Jacobs 214 Yan, Yuxing

MGF 691 Special Topics in Finance

This course is not offered.

An alternative graduate course may be approved by the program director as an elective

Note: Not all electives are offered every semester.

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