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2017-2018

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

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Financial Risk Management Track

Fall Start

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12654 F3F LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Clemen 04 Nguyen, Thanh Chi
12551 F1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Nguyen, Thanh Chi

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
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 685LEC International Finance Mgmt

This course is designed to familiarize students with several basic areas of international financial management, including foreign exchange markets, international financing and investment decisions, international financial markets, transfer pricing, and selected policy issues. In all these fields, theory, applications, and cases are equally emphasized. Typical topics include international financial accounting; speculating, covering, and hedging activities in foreign exchange markets; translation, economic and political risks; arbitrage operations; capital budgeting; the cost of capital and international capital asset pricing; and the determination of security prices.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGF 611 and MGQ 608


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12462 F1F LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 110 Fotak, Veljko N
12545 F2F LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Fotak, Veljko N

STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select one)

Spring Start

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11743 S1F LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 102 Chung, Kee Ho

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11659 S1F LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 422 Lin, Jerchern
11636 S2F LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Capen 110 Lin, Jerchern

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
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11749 S1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Jiang, Feng
18611 S2F LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 112 Jiang, Feng

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

STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select one)

Quantitative Finance Track

Fall Start

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12654 F3F LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Clemen 04 Nguyen, Thanh Chi
12551 F1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Nguyen, Thanh Chi

MGF 634LEC Quantitative Methods in Finance

The objective of this course is to ensure students have a solid foundation in the mathematical foundations required to understand and work with complex financial securities and derivatives. This foundation will be useful in higher level finance courses and as practitioners working in financial markets. Topics covered include stochastic calculus, continuous time finance, numerical methods, finite differences, and taylor series approximations. Applications from finance such as bond pricing, option pricing and portfolio theory are used as examples to illustrate the mathematics.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12640 F1F LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Norton 213 Oprisan, Adina

MGF 635LEC Financial Derivatives

The objective of this course is to give students and understanding of the wide range of derivative financial securities including forwards, futures, swaps and options. Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly and the objective of this course is to help students be better prepared to enter a career in finance. Students will learn how these securities are priced and used in risk management and speculative strategies by individuals and companies. This course is the introductory course in a two course sequence with MGF636 Complex Financial Instruments.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Co-Requisite: MGF 633 or MS Accounting Majors.


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12641 F1F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 110 Seo, Hoontaek

Elective (select one)

Spring Start

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11743 S1F LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 102 Chung, Kee Ho

MGF 635LEC Financial Derivatives

The objective of this course is to give students and understanding of the wide range of derivative financial securities including forwards, futures, swaps and options. Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly and the objective of this course is to help students be better prepared to enter a career in finance. Students will learn how these securities are priced and used in risk management and speculative strategies by individuals and companies. This course is the introductory course in a two course sequence with MGF636 Complex Financial Instruments.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Co-Requisite: MGF 633 or MS Accounting Majors.


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20029 S1F LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mohr, Derek J
20030 S2F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 102 Mohr, Derek J

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


Spring 2017 (01/30/2017 - 05/12/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11659 S1F LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 422 Lin, Jerchern
11636 S2F LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Capen 110 Lin, Jerchern

Elective (select one)

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