The graduate curriculum is a rigorous and intensive set of courses in financial economics that fosters analytical and quantitative expertise and leads to a Master of Arts in Finance. Both course and co-curricular content are designed to support program learning goals and objectives as described in the CMC catalog. The program uses a cohort design, in which students move through many of the same courses at the same time. Using cases and modules, coursework is designed partly to explore relevant ethical and organizational leadership issues. Please note that in order to keep pace with an evolving business environment, this curriculum is subject to change.


Graduate coursework is built upon a foundation of the following undergraduate courses:

  • Statistics
  • Corporate finance
  • Intermediate macroeconomics
  • Intermediate microeconomics

Students who have not completed these courses upon submission of their application may be admitted conditional upon successful completion of the coursework prior to the start of classes in August.

FIN 300: Seminar in Applied Finance

All admitted students will participate in FIN 300: Seminar in Applied Finance which starts in mid-August. This 2-3 week intensive course has provided incoming students with campus, program and career management orientations, database management and accounting refreshers, technical skill-building (we host Training the Street), as well as social and professional networking opportunities.

Semester courses

Students typically take 4 courses each semester. Courses offered have included:

FIN 320: Econometrics (spring)
FIN 330: Corporate Finance (fall)
FIN 340: Investments (fall)
FIN 350: Global Finance (fall)
FIN 386: Financial Reporting/Communications (fall)
FIN 410: Portfolio Management (spring)
FIN 420: Asset Pricing and Derivatives (fall)
FIN 430: Fixed Income (spring)
FIN 440: Advanced Financial Accounting (spring)
FIN 450: Entrepreneurial Finance (spring)
FIN 460: Mergers & Acquisitions (fall)

Commencement: May 16, 2015