MS in Finance - Corporate Finance

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Online Master of Science in Finance - Corporate Finance Concentration from SNHU

Advance Your Career with an online Master's in Corporate Finance

Earning your MS in Finance with a concentration in Corporate Finance gives you an advantage over just earning your master’s in corporate finance online - you get a broader advanced education in the way money and accounting affect businesses and it expands the career opportunities available to you. Become a CFO, corporate treasurer, controller, director of finance, financial analyst, credit manager or cash manager with a corporate finance MS online. The 36-credit-hour MS Finance with a Corporate Finance Concentration gives you a solid foundation in finance classes coupled with specific corporate finance courses that provide the background you need for the corporate finance field.

Gain the Skills You Need for a Successful Corporate Finance Career

The MS Finance degree with a Corporate Finance Concentration enhances your understanding of finance topics through a range of finance and corporate finance courses - online or on campus. Online master’s in corporate finance courses build your knowledge of managerial accounting, capital budgeting, and fiscal and monetary policies. Southern New Hampshire University's Masters in Corporate Finance Concentration provides in-depth study of short- and long-term financial management topics, including creating value through mergers and acquisitions.

Our online MS corporate finance courses will add to your understanding of liquidity analysis, cash management, payment systems, cash forecasting, short- and long-term borrowing, quantitative risk assessment, risk management, firm valuation and cost of capital. Your thorough understanding of corporate finance issues will prepare you for a range of finance jobs.

Job Prospects for Careers in Finance and
Corporate Finance

With an MS in Finance with a Corporate Finance Concentration you will gain the required knowledge to pursue a range of corporate finance jobs. Career opportunities for financial managers in the decade prior to 2020 are expected to increase 9 percent, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The globalization of companies, tighter financial markets, and regulatory changes are increasing the demand for business professionals with financial expertise. Those with expertise in accounting and finance, and especially professionals with a master's degree in Finance or a Corporate Finance Concentration, may encounter the most success in securing corporate finance jobs.

Corporate Finance Concentration Courses

FIN-610: Short-Term Financial Management
The course covers traditional working capital topics, including liquidity analysis and management, inventory, and receivables and payables management. Additional emphasis is given to core cash management, payment systems and banking relationships. Other topics include cash forecasting, short-term borrowing and risk management.
FIN-500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
FIN-660: Creating Value: Merger/Acquisition
This course is a corporate finance elective intended to extend and further develop the long- term investment and financing topics introduced in FIN 500 Financial Management. The course focuses on applied managerial decision-making, and is designed for students seeking a more thorough understanding of the economic analysis of mergers and acquisitions and the effect capital structure decisions have on firm value. Topics addressed include advanced techniques in capital budgeting, firm (division) valuation, capital structure, firm (division) cost of capital, and quantitative risk assessment.
FIN-550 and FIN-630
FIN-665: Long-Term Financing & Capital Structure Theory
This course is an application-oriented review of modern capital structure theories and long-term financing approaches. Students learn how to make value-maximizing capital structure and financing decisions as a manager. Students also are introduced to the analysis of capital structure and financial policy in the perspectives of investors, shareholders, debtors and other stakeholders using case method, and their implication on how a firm can maximize its value by making optimal capital structure and financing decisions. Topics include theories of capital structure decision, capital structure determinants, capital structure and cost of capital corporate strategy, sources of financing and financial markets, the financing of mergers and acquisitions and others.

MS in Finance Core - Corporate Finance

ECO-500: Managerial Economics
Managerial economics involves applying economic theory and using the tools of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its objectives most efficiently in the face of constraints. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics or equivalent.
QSO-510, MBA-501 and MBA-502
ECO-610: Fiscal & Monetary Policies & Practices
Students in this course examine the performance of the national economy and its impact on a firm. Students analyze the formulation and impact of monetary and fiscal policies and their relationships with money and capital markets. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
MBA-502 and QSO-510 or equivalent
FIN-500: Financial Management
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
ACC-500, ACC-510 or ACC-550 and MBA-502
FIN-620: Money and Capital Markets
This course analyzes processes within the U.S. financial system. Students study the nature of its major participants and their objectives and procedures for assessing opportunities and pricing risk. Students also analyze the role of the financial system in the allocation of credit to different sectors, its responsiveness to economic activity and its continuous adaptation to changing needs. Emphasis is placed on the role and functions of the Federal Reserve System.
FIN-500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
FIN-630: Capital Budgeting & Financing
This course first addresses advanced topics in capital investment, including determination of cash flows, capital budgeting under risk, replacement decisions, and inflation and capital decisions. The second half of the course focuses on capital financing and structure and includes topics in financial leverage, financing sources, dividend policy, cost of capital and valuation.
FIN-640: Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
Students study the techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Stocks and bonds are discussed in terms of valuation, risk- return measurement, diversification and other aspects of portfolio theory.
FIN-500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
FIN-690: Financial Econometrics
This course focuses upon the fundamental statistical tools used in contemporary financial analysis both in academia and in the real world of finance itself. The course will involve both a theoretical development of the techniques as well as empirical applications. The applications will involve computer printouts with an emphasis on the SPSS statistical package and the EViews statistical package. The course will begin with a review and extension for the classical linear regression model, including its development in matrix form. The remainder of the course will then explore modern time-series econometrics, which is especially relevant for finance.
FIN-500 and ECO-500
FIN-700: Seminar in Finance
This is an extensive survey of historic and contemporary finance literature to foster in students an appreciation of the development and current status of finance theory and issues relating to the current financial environment, application and practice. Students will have the opportunity to research topics of interest. This seminar should be taken as one of the final courses in the M.S. program.
Complete 30 credits
QSO-510: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in statistics, or the equivalent.

Foundation Course(s)

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

ACC-500: Managerial Accounting
Students in this course study the accumulation of accounting information. The internal use of accounting for management planning, control and decision-making is emphasized. Background preparation: 6 credit hours of accounting or equivalent. Note: ACC 500 cannot be taken for credit or as an elective if ACC 510 has been completed.
MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
MBA-502: Economics for Business
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
MBA-503: Financial Reporting and Analysis
This course is designed to help future business leaders across all functional areas appreciate and understand the rules and regulations, processes and procedures, and significance of financial accounting statements and reports. It provides a balanced presentation between how statements are prepared and, more importantly, how to analyze these statements and footnotes to assess a company's performance within the industry and management's performance within a particular company. New government regulations have made the integrity and quality of financial accounting information everyone's responsibility. This course will help future business leaders conduct better internal audits, improve forecasts and valuations, and make better management decisions.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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