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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 2017 and beyond. For current students who entered the program prior to Fall 2017, 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 (18 credits)

FIN 201a Investments (4 credits)
FIN 204a Advanced Corporate Finance Theory & Practice (4 credits)
FIN 217f Corporate Financial Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 261a Fixed Income & Securities (4 credits)
FIN 270a Options & Derivatives (4 credits)

Accounting Requirement (4 credits)

Students must choose one of the following courses:

FIN 212a Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits)
FIN 213a Intermediate Financial Accounting (4 credits)

Work Practicum Requirement (4 credits)

One of the following:

FIN 292a Internship (4 credits)
FIN 293a Consulting Field Project (4 credits)
FIN 294a 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 (4 credits)
FIN 263a - International Portfolio Management (4 credits)

GROUP 2 (8 credits minimum)
BUS 211f - Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
BUS 218f - Portfolio Financial Modeling (2 credits)
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 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (4 credits maximum)
BUS 212a - Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
FIN 231f - Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 236f - Technical Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 240a - Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 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)
BUS 211f - Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a - Forecasting in Finance and Economics (4 credits)
FIN 203f - International Financial Management (2 credits)
FIN 216f - Financial Statement Analysis (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 288a - Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (6 credits maximum)
BUS 212a - Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
BUS 235f - Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
BUS 260a - Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
ECON 213a - Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
FIN 225f - Real Estate Finance (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 285a - Computer Simulation & Risk (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 211f - Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
BUS 212a - Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
BUS 280f - Operational Risk Management (2 credits)
FIN 218f - Portfolio Financial Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
FIN 252f - Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 297a - Approved Internship in Risk Management (2 credits)

GROUP 4 (4 credits required)
BUS 278f - Corporate Governance (2 credits)
BUS 279f - Corporate Fraud: Detection and Prevention (2 credits)
FIN 244f - Credit Risk Analysis II (2 credits)
FIN 280a - Financial Risk Management (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)
BUS 211f - Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
FIN 216f - Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 218f - Portfolio Financial Modeling I (2 credits)
FIN 231f - Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 242f - Credit Risk Analysis I (2 credits)
ECON 213a - Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a - Forecasting in Finance and Economics (4 credits)

GROUP 3 (4 credits maximum)
BUS 212a - Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
BUS 235f - Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
BUS 278f - Corporate Governance (2 credits)
FIN 225f - Real Estate Finance (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)
BUS 211f - Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
BUS 235f - Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
FIN 213a - Intermediate Financial Accounting (4 credits)*
FIN 214a - Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 216f - Financial Statement Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 230a - Trading and Exchanges (4 credits)
FIN 232a - Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 236f - Technical 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 271a - Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 279a - Applied Risk Management (4 credits)
FIN 280a - Financial Risk Management (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