MS Finance Curriculum

A curriculum designed to fit your personal interest, with 50% of your coursework that can be customized to your career goals.

The Vanderbilt MS Finance program requires degree candidates to successfully complete 33 hours of coursework. The MS Finance curriculum combines a strong core of required courses with a variety of advanced MBA electives. Small MSF core classes and courses taken with MBA students maximize interaction and learning throughout the program.

The academic calendar at Owen is based on the module (mod) system. Each mod consists of seven weeks, and two mods equal one semester. The mod system allows MS Finance students the personal freedom and flexibility to take a wider variety of electives during their nine-month program.

The MS Finance curriculum begins with a two-week intensive introductory course, Financial Economics l, taught during the first week of August. The rest of the courses are taught over the two modules during the Fall and two modules during the Spring, as depicted in the following graphic:

MS Finance Currilcum* Program requirements and curriculum subject to change.

Degree requirements and course information are subject to change.  Click here to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs. Current students should consult YES (Your Enrollment Services), Vanderbilt's online student services application for current course descriptions and course offerings.

Required Courses - Orientation

Course Title
Credit Hours
Financial Economics l
Professional Development and Communications

Required Courses - Mod I

Course Title       Credit Hours
Financial Reporting l                                          2
Financial Economics ll                  2
Financial Econometrics  2
Financial Modeling 2

Required Courses - Mod II

Course Title Credit Hours
Financial Reporting ll 2
Corporate Value Management                           2

NOTE: At the discretion of the MSF program director, students with insufficient undergraduate accounting coursework are required to take Introduction to Accounting in Mod l followed by Financial Reporting l and Financial Reporting ll in Mods lll and lV. 

Finance Electives

MSF students must choose a minimum of ten credit hours from this list of financial electives. 

Course Title Credit Hours
Advanced Financial Econometrics 2
Corporate Financial Policy 2
International Financial Markets & Instruments 2
Applied Investment Management 2
Bond Markets 2
Advanced Corporate Valuation 2
Mergers and Acquisitions 2
Private Equity and Leveraged Buyout (short course)                               1
Risk Management 2
Derivatives Markets  2
Active Portfolio Analysis and Trading  2


Other Approved Electives

Course Title Credit Hours
Business in the World Economy                               2
Managerial Economics  2
Taxation of Business and Investment Transactions 2
Advanced Management Accounting  2
Advanced Cost Accounting 2
Financial Analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance Data 2
Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social and Governance Issues 2
Commercial Real Estate Transactions (short course) 1
Real Estate Financial Analysis 2
Real Estate Investment and Development  2
Advanced Real Estate Valuation 2
Federal Income Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions 2
Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis 2
Taxation of Business Entities 2
Financial Statement Analysis 2
Introduction to Law and Business 2
Financial Data Analysis 2
Derivative Securities Valuation 2
Corporate Restructuring (short course) 1
Property Law for Business Students (short course) 1
Advanced Spreadsheets for IT Applications 2