Jul 09, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance, Investment Management Concentration, MS

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This program is not being offered effect Summer 2020.

Students may consider the revised Master of Science in Finance instead.

Program Information

The Master of Science in Finance is a specialized, technical degree program that provides in-depth exposure to the principles and practices of corporate finance. It is a primary objective of this program to ensure that, by the time they graduate, students will have acquired the specialized skills and knowledge needed to add immediate value to their organizations in their roles as financial managers. This degree is intended for students who have made a professional commitment to this key business discipline and who are interested in equipping themselves with the most comprehensive array of analytical tools and techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Finance program will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Evaluate and explain financial decisions regarding the firm’s investment and long- and short-term financing strategies by applying financial theory, quantitative decision-making tools, and analytical methods.
  • Apply economic analysis to the firm’s decision-making, taking into account the impact of markets, institutions, and international trends on these decisions. Understand whether or to what extent a financial market satisfies the conditions of an efficient market.
  • Define and measure business and financial risk. Describe the relationship between risk and return, and distinguish between expected and required returns. Explain how risk affects the valuation of real and financial assets, and describe techniques for managing risk.
  • Evaluate the corporate governance structures of firms and examine the interactions, from a governance perspective, among firm management, financial markets, and stakeholders.
  • Describe and evaluate the ethical implications of financial decision-making and financial practices, assess alternative recommendations for solutions to ethical financial problems, and offer appropriate resolutions to those problems.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Finance

The Master of Science in Finance requires completion of 6 units in the foundation program and 30 units of advanced program coursework, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. Courses carry three semester units of credit unless otherwise noted.

All course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a given course and are indicated in the the course description for each course. Individual foundation program courses may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at a regionally accredited college or university. Students may enroll in advanced program courses before they have completed the entire foundation program (provided they have met any course prerequisites) but must complete the foundation program by the time that they have enrolled in 12 units in the advanced program.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they are successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement .

Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of mathematical proficiency at least equivalent to MATH 20 Intermediate Algebra . Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement .

Advanced Program - 30 units

Elective Courses - 6 units

Select any two ACCTG, ECON, FI, or MSBA 300/400-level course, which may include FI 497 Internship: Finance .

Investment Management Concentration - 18 units

The range of electives associated with the investment management concentration provides an opportunity for students to add a final, specialized emphasis to their program. The nine units of required coursework for the investment management concentration are appropriate for students who are planning careers as security analysts, portfolio managers and investment advisors. Building on the principles students acquire in the core investments course, work in portfolio management and derivatives exposes students to the most advanced technologies of the field. As students begin to refine their approach to security valuation, they can choose between technical market analysis and fundamental analysis. A list of recommended finance electives that corresponds to the particular demands of investment management careers is suggested, but students are free to select other finance or economics courses if they wish.

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