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MSF Program Degree Requirements for Current Students

MSF Degree Requirements

Overview

The following degree requirements are for students entering in Fall 2016 and beyond. For current students who entered the program prior to Fall 2016, please contact Karen Muise for degree requirement information. 

MSF students must successfully complete an approved schedule of 22 credits in required core courses, 4 credits of required practicum experience, and 18 remaining credits within one of four concentration areas (or complete their credits without a concentration.) Students should follow the recommended course plan/timeline

Concentration areas are structured towards career outcomes in the following fields: Asset Management, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, and Transfer Pricing and Valuation.

The residency requirement is three academic semesters (fall, spring, fall) and summer. Students are expected to complete their degree within 16 months. 


Core Requirements (22 credits)

ECON 201a Global Economic Environment (4 credits)
FIN 201a Investments (4 credits)
FIN 204a Advanced Corporate Finance Theory & Practice (4 credits)
FIN 212a
or FIN 213a
Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits)
Intermediate Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 216f Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 261a Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)

Work Practicum Requirement (4 credits)

One of the following:

FIN 291a Internship (4 credits)
FIN 292a Consulting Field Project (4 credits)
FIN 293a Directed Research (4 credits)

Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

Students may choose one of four concentrations or complete general elective credits.

Asset Management Concentration Requirements  

REQUIRED
FIN 263a - International Portfolio Management (4 credits)

GROUP 2 (8 credits minimum)
FIN 230a - Trading and Exchanges (4 credits)
FIN 237f - Security Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 270a - Options and Derivatives (2 credits)

GROUP 3 (4 credits maximum)
FIN 231f - Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 236f - Technical Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 264f - Applied Institutional Portfolio Management (2 credits)
FIN 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 285a - Computer Simulation and Risk (4 credits)
or any course in Group 2 not used to satisfy that requirement

ADDITIONAL FINANCE/GENERAL ELECTIVE
(2 credits maximum)
FIN 297a - Approved Internship in Asset Management (2 credits)
or any FIN, BUS or ECON course offered at Brandeis IBS, including but not limited to those listed above if not used to fulfill that requirement.

Corporate Finance Concentration Requirements  

REQUIRED (4 credits)
FIN 214a - Managerial Accounting (4 credits)

GROUP 2 (8 credits minimum, may take more to satisfy Group 3)
FIN 203f - International Financial Management (2 credits)
FIN 231f - Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 240a - Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 270a - Options and Derivatives (4 credits)
FIN 288a - Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (6 credits maximum)
BUS 278f - Corporate Governance (2 credits)
ECON 213a - Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a - Forecasting in Finance & Economics (4 credits)
FIN 223f - Project Finance (4 credits)
FIN 241f - Financial Planning and Control (2 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 297a - Approved Internship in Corporate Finance (2 credits)

Risk Management Concentration Requirements  

REQUIRED (4 credits)
FIN 270a - Options and Derivatives (4 credits)

GROUP 2 (4 credits required, may only take one)
FIN 279a - Applied Risk Management (4 credits)
FIN 288a - Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (6 credits required)
BUS 278f - Corporate Governance (2 credits)
BUS 279f - Corporate Fraud: Detection & Prevention (2 credits)
BUS 280f - Operational Risk Management (2 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 297a - Approved Internship in Risk Management (2 credits)

GROUP 4 (4 credits required)
FIN 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 280a - Financial Risk Management (4 credits)
FIN 285a - Computer Simulation and Risk (4 credits)

Transfer Pricing and Valuation Concentration Requirements  

REQUIRED (8 credits)
FIN 214a - Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 247a - Transfer Pricing Theory & Practice (4 credits)

GROUP 2 (6 credits minimum, may take more to satisfy Group 3)
FIN 203f - International Financial Management (2 credits)
FIN 231f - Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
ECON 213a - Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 223f - Project Finance (2 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a - Forecasting in Finance and Economics (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (4 credits maximum)
BUS 278f - Corporate Governance (2 credits)
FIN 241f - Financial Planning and Control (2 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 297a - Approved Internship in Transfer Pricing and Valuation (2 credits)

General MSF Elective Requirements  

Student who choose not to complete a concentration may complete the MSF degree requirements by following the general finance elective requirements outlined below. 

APPROVED FINANCE ELECTIVES
(16 credits minimum, may take 2 extra to satisfy add'l general elective)
FIN 213a - Intermediate Financial Accounting (4 credits)*
FIN 214a - Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 230a - Trading and Exchanges (4 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 236f - Technical Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 237f - Security Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 241f - Financial Planning & Control (2 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 263a - International Portfolio Management (4 credits)
FIN 270a - Options and Derivatives (4 credits)
FIN 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 279a - Applied Risk Management (4 credits)
FIN 280a - Financial Risk Management (4 credits)
FIN 285a - Computer Simulation and Risk (4 credits)
FIN 288a - Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)
ECON 213a - Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a - Forecasting in Finance & Economics (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL FINANCE OR GENERAL ELECTIVE
(2 credits maximum)
FIN 297a - Approved internship in any area of finance (2 credits)
or any FIN, BUS or ECON course offered at Brandeis IBS including but not limited to courses listed above

*if not used to fulfill core requirement