Curriculum

A curriculum designed to fit your personal interests

The Vanderbilt MS Finance program requires degree candidates to successfully complete 32 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.

Below are the two most commonly selected curriculum tracks. The faculty director will work closely with you to design a curriculum track based on your interests and background.

The MS Finance curriculum begins with a one-week intensive introductory course, Financial Economics I, 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:

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*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 Week

Number
Course Title
Credits
401
Financial Economics 1
2


Required Courses - Mod I

Number Course Title
Credits
311 Introduction to Financial Accounting
2
402 Financial Economics II (MSF)
2
403A Econometrics (MSF)
2
405 Financial Modeling (MSF)
2

Required Courses - Mod II

Number Course Title
Credits
403B Econometrics (MSF)
2
432A Corporate Valuation
2
435C Derivatives Markets
2

Suggested Electives

Number Course Title
Credits
405 Financial Modeling (MSF)
2
425 Game Theory and Business Strategy
2
432B Corporate Financial Policy
2
433A International Financial Markets
2
435A Equities Markets
2
435B Bond Markets
2
436 Financial Institutions
2
437 Real Estate Financial Analysis
2
438 Real Estate Development
2
448 Negotiation
2
535A Derivation Securities Valuation
2
539F Special Topics in Accounting: Federal Income Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions  2