Curriculum

Reach your goals faster. In only nine months, the MS‑FIN program develops deep expertise in corporate finance and asset/portfolio management, and provides you with the tools needed to manage complex financial institutions.

Faculty members who bring cutting-edge research and decades of real-world experience into the classroom. A lock-step 12-course format that allows you to build on concepts throughout the program. A curriculum aligned with CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) that prepares you to sit for the CFA exams and become a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA). A top-ranked business school. It all adds up to a degree with real value: The W. P. Carey MS‑FIN delivers the financial qualifications increasingly sought by employers within the corporate finance industry.

Course descriptions

Explore fundamental corporate finance, capital budgeting, and risk-reward decisions undertaken by management.

Learn how to understand financial reporting in a company’s financial statements and its implications for capital allocations.

Discover fundamentals of statistical tools necessary to present, understand, and test real-world data used in business.

Examine fundamentals of risk and return, portfolio management, and asset allocation, and review active and passive investment strategies.

Learn derivatives securities, such as futures, forwards, swaps, and options, and explore financial engineering concepts.

Learn widely used statistical models focusing on time series applications in finance, developing practical programing skills in the process.

Examine foreign exchange markets, investments alternatives in international capital markets, and management of foreign exchange risk.

Explore major decision-making areas in corporate finance and review topics in transaction and capital investment valuations.

Study fixed income securities, markets, and tools for valuing fixed income products and managing interest rate risk.

Consider risk management policies, concepts, and instruments applied within financial institutions.

Evaluate the economics and institutions involved in entrepreneurial finance, with a focus on the financing of new ventures.

Apply finance principles and financial instruments related to capital allocation, investment, and risk management in a specific finance capstone course project.