Risk Management

Without risk, there’s no reward. But those risks need to be carefully managed to maximize the chance of profit. Risk managers follow a systematic process to evaluate and address risks and help organizations respond to change and stay ahead of the competition.

With the risk management concentration, you'll build comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to address financial risk in a global industry. And Suffolk's MSF program is the only program in Massachusetts that has an academic partnership with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). That means your courses are designed to help you earn the elite Financial Risk Manager designation—valued by top employers across diverse businesses.

Investments

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential is widely considered the most respected investment designation in the world. Recognized by the CFA Institute, Suffolk’s MSF program is closely tied to professional practice and covers the key concepts on the CFA Exam, setting you up to pass the test.

Suffolk alumni work in executive-level positions at top firms and companies, such as Fidelity Investments, State Street Corporation, and Citigroup. They work in all areas of investments, including equity, fixed income and derivatives, trading, mergers and acquisitions, structured financing, and research.

Corporate Finance

Every business decision has financial implications. That’s where corporate finance professionals come in. They’re knowledgeable about their company’s finances constantly look for ways to free up capital, increase profits, and reduce costs.

Specializing in corporate finance will allow you to help your business fund projects, manage working capital, make acquisitions, and plan for the company’s financial future. As a graduate, you’ll be able to analyze and interpret large amounts of financial data, prepare financial reports, and set expectations for a company’s future.

Curriculum

MSF Curriculum

12-17 Courses
32-47 Credits

Program Length
12-16 months of full-time study
20-28 months of part-time study

Required Introductory Courses (2 credits)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.
  • SBS-700 You As a Leader: Effective Career Planning

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 700 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities, this course provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the many complexities of business and the role of top managers. To accomplish this, SBS 700 is composed of several distinct parts, including the completion of a self-assessment instrument and their own written career development plan. In the campus sections of SBS 700, students will work in small groups as they take on the roles of top managers in a hands-on behavioral simulation. In the online sections, students will conduct a 360 degree evaluation to provide feedback.

  • FIN-601 Introduction to Statistics, Accounting, & Finance Intensive

    Prerequisites:

    MSF and MSFSB students only;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This is a two-day long, boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math, statistics, accounting, and finance. Given the technical nature of modern finance, this course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of taking advanced finance courses. The course is based on lectures, problem solving, and discussion of concepts.

Required Prerequisite Courses (12 Credits)

Must be taken or waived prior to enrolling in Finance Core Courses.
  • SBS-603 Managerial Economics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is required for MSA and MSF students and it is also a recommended elective for MBA students with a finance concentration. This course develops an understanding of the concepts, tools, and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy, the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness, and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

  • SBS-604 Data Analytics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of data analytics on large data sets for managerial decision making. Students will learn foundation skills needed to extract valuable information out of data, including various descriptive and predictive analytics techniques. Students develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data, results and insights. Issues on data acquisition, storage and management will be discussed.

  • MBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies, namely the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, and to facilitate decision making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    1 course from each of the following groups: MBA 615 OR SBS 603 OR MBA 630 MBA 640 OR ACCT 800 These courses must be taken prior to MBA 650 1 course from the following group: MBA 625 OR SBS 604 OR MBA 622 These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Elective Prerequisite Course (3 Credits)

May be taken at any point in program.

  • MBA-660 Marketing: the Challenge of Managing Value

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    At its core, marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly-driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values, practices, and lifestyles. This course will present themes, theories, and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating, capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global, consumer, and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component. .

Finance Core Courses (15 Credits)

Must be taken on campus unless permission to take online granted by Academic Program Director. 
  • FIN-800 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of financial statements, this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing, capital structure issues, and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally, the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-808 General Theory in Corporate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory, capital structure theory, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, and risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-810 Investment Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine markets for investment procedures, valuation models, basic analytical techniques, and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-814 Options and Futures

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts, the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded, options and futures strategies, and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition, students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-818 Financial Econometrics

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regressions, simultaneous equations, and models of qualitative choice.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Concentration Descriptions and Applicable Elective Courses (12 Credits) 

Choose four elective courses from the approved MSF electives list. If a concentration is declared, at least three electives must be in one concentration area. Must be taken on campus, within Sawyer Business School, 800 or above, unless permission take online granted by Academic Director. 

  • SBS-920 Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    SBS 700 (Formerly SBS 600). International students must complete 2 academic semesters before approved. Approval of Program Director/Course Coordinator and SBS Dean of Graduate Programs required.

    Credits:

    0.00

    Description:

    This internship course is for students who are working in an approved graduate level internship in a company, non-profit organization, or public agency. The internship is described in a written proposal agreed upon by the company sponsor and intern. The internship must be approved by the International Student Services Office (international students only), Program Director/Course Coordinator and SBS Dean of Graduate Programs. The internship is intended for international students who wish to participate in a practical, degree related experience. This course does not count toward a degree. International students must receive Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval with the International Student Services Office PRIOR to beginning an internship.

*Students wishing to take SBS 920 for an elective in the MSF prorgram must consult with the MSF Advisor for guidance on how to be considered for this option. 

  • MBA-740 Immerse- Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    Please email Hillary Sabbagh at hsabbagh@suffolk.edu to register for a travel seminar.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students, the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

    Type:

    GRAD Travel Seminar

*London Financial Services Travel Seminar is the only seminar approved as an MSF elective. Any other travel seminar requires MSF Academic Program Director Approval. 

Corporate Finance Concentration

A corporate manager is continuously faced with financial choices. These choices include deciding which projects to pursue, allocating scarce resources to maximize profit, and finding alternative approaches to provide funds for various projects. Corporate Finance is the study of a framework that can be used to evaluate these choices.

  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-812 Capital Budgeting

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-825 International Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

  • FIN-841 Financial Forecasting

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-818

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The nature, techniques, and problems of business forecasting. Covers indicators of business activity, short-run econometrics forecasting models, and the construction of aggregate forecasts as well as forecasts of major economic sectors. Includes long-term predictions and the application of aggregate and sector forecasts for particular industries and firms. Prerequisite: FIN 818.

  • FIN-845 Private Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses, focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-900 Special Topics in Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-920 MBA Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700, MBA-615, MBA-625, MBA-635, MBA-640, MBA-650 MBA-660, and Instructor's approval. Limited to MBA students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides a hands-on, practical learning opportunity for a student-initiated experience at a domestic or international organization. Students work closely with the MBA advisor and faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester, students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects in either accounting, business law and ethics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, strategy or tax. Offered every semester.

Risk Management Concentration

The Risk Management concentration integrates key areas of financial risk with global industry needs and best practices. You will learn how to assess and manage various types of financial risks in a global company. The curriculum also aligns with the Global Association of Risk Professionals’ Financial Risk Manager certification program.


  • FIN-816 Risk Management in Banking and Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying, measuring, evaluating, and managing risks, such as interest rate, credit, foreign exchange, liquidity, market, sovereign, and operational risk. The course also introduces key regulations and discusses important ethical issues in the financial-services industry.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-885 Enterprise Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge, and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts, and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies, optimal compensation, etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

  • FIN-890 Risk Assessment and Simulation

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides an integrated framework for analyzing and measuring risk with a computer simulation approach. A common set of computational tools will be applied across several different financial applications ranging from options pricing to portfolio design. Extensive time will be spent on estimating and simulating 'Value at Risk' which has been a standard for measuring risk in large financial institutions. We will also compare this with other traditional methods as well as other modern methods, such as extreme value theory at quantifying risk. Computationally intensive methods, such as bootstrapping, and Monte Carlo analysis will be used extensively throughout the course with MATLAB as the primary programming tool.

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-900 Special Topics in Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MBA-740 Immerse- Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    Please email Hillary Sabbagh at hsabbagh@suffolk.edu to register for a travel seminar.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students, the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

    Type:

    GRAD Travel Seminar

  • FIN-920 MBA Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700, MBA-615, MBA-625, MBA-635, MBA-640, MBA-650 MBA-660, and Instructor's approval. Limited to MBA students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides a hands-on, practical learning opportunity for a student-initiated experience at a domestic or international organization. Students work closely with the MBA advisor and faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester, students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects in either accounting, business law and ethics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, strategy or tax. Offered every semester.

*Note: Students who choose the Risk management Elective Concentration must take FIN 816 & FIN 882 as part of their program.

Investments Concentration

Investments will help you understand asset management, security valuations, capital markets, portfolio management and the process of issuing securities. The MSF curriculum incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and was therefore accepted by the CFA University Recognition Program.

  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-841 Financial Forecasting

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-818

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The nature, techniques, and problems of business forecasting. Covers indicators of business activity, short-run econometrics forecasting models, and the construction of aggregate forecasts as well as forecasts of major economic sectors. Includes long-term predictions and the application of aggregate and sector forecasts for particular industries and firms. Prerequisite: FIN 818.

  • FIN-845 Private Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses, focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-881 Real Estate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field, with particular emphasis on investment and asset management.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-885 Enterprise Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge, and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts, and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies, optimal compensation, etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

  • FIN-887 Fundamental Equity Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-890 Risk Assessment and Simulation

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides an integrated framework for analyzing and measuring risk with a computer simulation approach. A common set of computational tools will be applied across several different financial applications ranging from options pricing to portfolio design. Extensive time will be spent on estimating and simulating 'Value at Risk' which has been a standard for measuring risk in large financial institutions. We will also compare this with other traditional methods as well as other modern methods, such as extreme value theory at quantifying risk. Computationally intensive methods, such as bootstrapping, and Monte Carlo analysis will be used extensively throughout the course with MATLAB as the primary programming tool.

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-900 Special Topics in Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MBA-740 Immerse- Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    Please email Hillary Sabbagh at hsabbagh@suffolk.edu to register for a travel seminar.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students, the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

    Type:

    GRAD Travel Seminar

  • FIN-920 MBA Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    SBS-700, MBA-615, MBA-625, MBA-635, MBA-640, MBA-650 MBA-660, and Instructor's approval. Limited to MBA students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides a hands-on, practical learning opportunity for a student-initiated experience at a domestic or international organization. Students work closely with the MBA advisor and faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester, students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects in either accounting, business law and ethics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, strategy or tax. Offered every semester.

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible. Must be taken on campus, unless permission to take online is granted by the Academic Program Director.
  • FIN-820 Financial Policy

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine financial theories, techniques, and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions, aspects of corporate strategy, industry structure, and the functioning of capital markets.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Learning Goals & Objectives

  • MSF Learning Goals & Objectives

    Learning Goals

    Learning Objectives

    Demonstrate ability to apply analytical reasoning skills to Finance problems.

    (Analytical Reasoning)

    1. Identify the problem and related issues
    2. Identify key assumptions
    3. Generate salient alternatives
    4. Examine the evidence and source of evidence
    5. Identify conclusions, implications, and consequences

    Demonstrate application of finance knowledge even in new and unfamiliar circumstances through conceptual understanding.

    (Knowledge Integration)

    1. Acknowledge that the project covers different key functional areas in finance
    2. Display understanding across different key functional areas in finance
    3. Identify the methodologies appropriate to solve the problem
    4. Apply and coordinate the methodologies to get the best solution for the problem
    5. Display understanding of the implications of the solution for each functional area
    6. Demonstrate overall ability to integrate knowledge from the different functional areas

    Apply ethical principles to financial decision making.

    (Ethics)

    1. Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct
    2. Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting an ethical dilemma
    3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and take into account the interests of different stakeholders
    4. Understand how business strategies that facilitate “doing good” can be made consistent with profitability
    5. Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal
    6. Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures

     

    Demonstrate effective oral communication about financial information.
    (Oral Communication)
    1. Organize the presentation effectively
    2. Deliver the presentation with attention to volume, clarity, grammatical correctness and precision
    3. Develop the topic
    4. Communicate with the audience
    5. Use communication aids effectively
    6. Summarize the presentation

    Demonstrate effective written communication about financial information.

    (Written Communication)

    1. Develop a topic with supporting details
    2. Organize written communication effectively and logically
    3. Use correct word choice and effective sentence structure
    4. Employ normal conventions of spelling and grammar
    5. Provide examples and supporting evidence
    6. Communicate accurate quantitative information

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Courses

  • FIN-601 Introduction to Statistics, Accounting, & Finance Intensive

    Prerequisites:

    MSF and MSFSB students only;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This is a two-day long, boot camp-style course which introduces students to the basic concepts of math, statistics, accounting, and finance. Given the technical nature of modern finance, this course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of taking advanced finance courses. The course is based on lectures, problem solving, and discussion of concepts.

  • FIN-800 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of financial statements, this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing, capital structure issues, and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally, the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-805 Capital Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to extend the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Topics include: dividend policy, capital structure policy, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-808 General Theory in Corporate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory, capital structure theory, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, and risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-810 Investment Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine markets for investment procedures, valuation models, basic analytical techniques, and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-812 Capital Budgeting

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-814 Options and Futures

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts, the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded, options and futures strategies, and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition, students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-816 Risk Management in Banking and Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying, measuring, evaluating, and managing risks, such as interest rate, credit, foreign exchange, liquidity, market, sovereign, and operational risk. The course also introduces key regulations and discusses important ethical issues in the financial-services industry.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-818 Financial Econometrics

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regressions, simultaneous equations, and models of qualitative choice.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-820 Financial Policy

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine financial theories, techniques, and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions, aspects of corporate strategy, industry structure, and the functioning of capital markets.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-825 International Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-841 Financial Forecasting

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-818

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The nature, techniques, and problems of business forecasting. Covers indicators of business activity, short-run econometrics forecasting models, and the construction of aggregate forecasts as well as forecasts of major economic sectors. Includes long-term predictions and the application of aggregate and sector forecasts for particular industries and firms. Prerequisite: FIN 818.

  • FIN-845 Private Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses, focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-881 Real Estate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field, with particular emphasis on investment and asset management.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-882 Applied Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-885 Enterprise Risk Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge, and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts, and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies, optimal compensation, etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

  • FIN-887 Fundamental Equity Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • FIN-890 Risk Assessment and Simulation

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides an integrated framework for analyzing and measuring risk with a computer simulation approach. A common set of computational tools will be applied across several different financial applications ranging from options pricing to portfolio design. Extensive time will be spent on estimating and simulating 'Value at Risk' which has been a standard for measuring risk in large financial institutions. We will also compare this with other traditional methods as well as other modern methods, such as extreme value theory at quantifying risk. Computationally intensive methods, such as bootstrapping, and Monte Carlo analysis will be used extensively throughout the course with MATLAB as the primary programming tool.

  • FIN-895 MSF Thesis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MSF Thesis work

  • FIN-900 Special Topics in Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FNEC-810 The Manager in the Global Economy: Trade Issues and Policy

    Prerequisites:

    FNEC 700 or MBA 730 OR MBA-630

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine the conflicts, constraints, opportunities, and economic and non-economic issues facing managers/organizations interested or engaged in international trade. Special attention will be given to the basis for trade, current trade disputes between the US and other countries, issues of international competitiveness, and the decision process for exportation versus on-site production through foreign direct investment.

    Type:

    MBA International Business

  • FNIB-825 Multinational Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business

  • FNIB-830 Valuation and Capital Budgeting In a Global Environment

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will provide students with the necessary tools, techniques, and models to address capital budgeting problems in finance. Capital budgeting is about finding or creating and analyzing long-term investment projects. Students will be exposed to different project valuation models that are used by financial managers to make effective value-maximizing decisions in a rapidly changing global environment. Teaching is oriented towards case studies and discussion of readings. Case studies should enable students to apply various capital budgeting techniques in a global setting and readings should provide students with understanding of those techniques and current developments in the related areas. The emphasis is on global issues: international asset pricing & CAPM, international cost of capital, global risk in international capital budgeting such as political risk and currency exchange risk, and real options embedded in international investment. The course is designed to help corporate leaders make intelligent decisions on their international investment.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA International Business

  • MBA-615 Economics

    Credits:

    1.50

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic tools and concepts of microeconomics (2 classes) for supply and demand analysis; for consumer market behavior; and for production, cost, and pricing decisions in different market structures. Greater emphasis (4 to 5 classes) in the course is on the macroeconomic topics of national economic performance, the economic role of government and fiscal and monetary policy, and the banking and financial system in the current economic environment. The course is intended for MBA students who have no recent academic background in economics.

  • MBA-630 Economic Analysis for Managers

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    1 course from each of the following groups: MBA 615 OR SBS 603 OR MBA 630 MBA 640 OR ACCT 800 These courses must be taken prior to MBA 650 1 course from the following group: MBA 625 OR SBS 604 OR MBA 622 These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SBS-603 Managerial Economics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is required for MSA and MSF students and it is also a recommended elective for MBA students with a finance concentration. This course develops an understanding of the concepts, tools, and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy, the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness, and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

4+1 Program

If you’re earning an undergraduate business degree at a U.S. institution, you may qualify to earn your MSA, MST, MSF, or MSFSB in as few as 9 months, or your MSA/MST, MSA/MSF, or MSBA/MSA in as few as 16 months.

How to Apply

  • You must officially apply to the MSA, MST, MSF, MSFSB, dual MSA/MST, or dual MSA/MSF, or dual MSBA/MSA program during the final semester of your senior year of undergraduate study. (Applications from recent graduates will also be considered.)
  • If you have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA in your final semester of your senior year, you can waive the GMAT or GRE requirement.
  • Top students automatically will be considered for merit-based fellowship awards (no separate application required).