MS in Finance - Curriculum

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Whether you take online finance courses or complete courses on campus, the Finance master’s degree online curriculum at Southern New Hampshire University prepares you for a finance or finance-related career. And, if you wish, you can take all of your courses online, giving you maximum flexibility to juggle your work and graduate degree responsibilities.

Comprehensive MS in Finance Online and
On Campus

Southern New Hampshire University offers New Hampshire's only MS in Finance - online or on campus. Our faculty brings a high level of real-world experience to the MS in Finance curriculum, integrating theory with practice.  Experienced instructors undergo extensive training before teaching online finance courses, which deliver the same quality of education as on-campus courses. Distance learning’s distinct advantage is the continuous virtual interaction with your peers and your ability to attend class and complete course work 24/7.

Affordable and Respected Degree

Southern New Hampshire University is at the leading edge of online education, offering high quality online finance courses. SNHU online degree programs have won regional and national awards. The university is a fully accredited and respected institution with more than 80 years of experience in graduating highly successful leaders and professionals. Earn your MS in Finance online or on campus from a university you can be proud of, and at a more affordable cost than you might expect.

MS in Finance - Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum

To earn your MS in Finance - online or on campus - you are required to take a minimum of 12 courses and can select online finance courses to meet these requirements. Depending on your undergraduate course work, you may be required to take up to three additional foundational courses designed to build a strong base for your upper level studies in finance. A maximum of one (1) course may be exempted by students meeting the appropriate education criteria.

MS in Finance Core Courses

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.
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-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-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-670: Option Analysis & Financial Derivatives
Modern option valuation and analysis is applied to equity options and fixed-income derivatives in this course. Applications and related topics include the term structure of interest rates, forward contracts, future contracts, interest rate caps, floors and swaps and convertible bonds.
Take FIN 620 and FIN 500 or 550 depending on catal
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.

Select One of the Following:

INT-620: Multinational Corporate Finance
This course is a study of the problems of financing and reporting international operations. The evaluation of risk and funding strategies in international monetary relationships are emphasized.

ECO/FIN ELE - Students may select an Economics or Finance elective*
*Elective may be satisfied by a thesis or internship.

Foundation Course(s)

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

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.
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