Curriculum

There are distinct course plans for the variety of students in the MSF program:

  • Combined Degree, current University of Florida students taking undergraduate and graduate courses simultaneously

    Accepted Combined Degree students must submit a Combined Degree form.

  • Joint JD/MSF students graduate from the MSF Program at the same time they graduate from law school. Some of the credits will be shared between the two degrees, reducing the number of credits required for the MSF degree. These students will work out their individual course plans once accepted to the MSF program.

There are five informal sequences in the MSF program. Many of these courses depend on knowledge gained in the courses listed ahead of them in their sequence.

Program classes

  • Valuation / Corporate Finance:
    • Measuring and Managing Value (significant overlap of material with the Corporate Financial Modeling courses)
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Corporate Financial Modeling I&II
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Financial Decision Making
    • Study in Valuation
    • Venture Finance
  • Real Estate:
    • Introduction to Real Estate*
    • Investment Property Analysis
    • Secondary Mortgage Markets and Securities
    • Real Estate Securities and Portfolios
  • Bonds:
    • Fixed Income Security Valuations
    • Interest Rate Risk Management
    • Secondary Mortgage Markets and Securities
  • International Finance:
    • International Finance
    • Financial Management of Multinational Corporations
    • Emerging Markets Finance Part I
    • Emerging Markets Finance Part II
  • Derivative Securities and Computational Finance Sequence:
    • Derivative Securities
    • Computational Methods for Derivative Pricing (prerequisite: Derivative Securities)
    • Advanced Topics in Derivative Pricing (prerequisite: Derivative Securities)
    • Risk Management (prerequisites: Derivative Securities and Computational Finance)

    This sequence will cover the pricing of standard and exotic derivative securities as applications of these models to risk management topics. Students will learn computer programming skills that will allow them to do Monte Carlo simulation analysis of real world problems covered in the course. The courses will be taught by Farid Ait Sahlia and Dan O'Rourke. Professor Ait Sahlia earned a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University. Prior to teaching in this program, Professor Ait Sahlia has taught in the Industrial Engineering department at UF and worked at Financial Engines in Palo Alto California. Professor O'Rourke has an MBA from the University of Florida. Prior to teaching in the program Professor O'Rourke worked in various capacities in the options area at Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 2005 and then from 2005 to 2009 at Swiss Re where he served as managing director of an equity derivative internal hedge fund.

Notes:
Introduction to Real Estate is a precursor to other REE courses. It is not a required prerequisite. MSF student often take REE courses without the introduction course. However, MSF student deciding to take a course should take Investment Property Analysis.

The Asset Allocation project course (year long) is the only "required" MSF course.

Graduate courses not on these lists may be applied to the MSF degree if approved before registration.

Course Instructor(s)
Fall - All
FIN 6525 Asset Allocation Project Course
1 credit for the entire semester, must be taken both semesters by all MSF students
Dr. David Brown
FIN 6935 Finance Professional Speaker Series
1 credit for the entire semester
Dr. David Brown
and guest speakers
Fall - Mod 1
ECO 6409 Game Theory Applied
Select the elective section, not the MBA section. It is preferable that students have had some basic economics instruction.
Dr. Richard Romano
FIN 6537 Derivative Securities Mahendrarajah Nimalendran (Nimal)
FIN 6545 Fixed Income Security Valuations Dr. David Brown
FIN 6785 Investment Banking & Corporate Financial Modeling 1 Dr. James Parrino
FIN 6936 Special Topics in Investment Finance Dr. Takeda-Brown
REE 6045 Introduction to Real Estate Dr. Wayne Archer
Fall - Mod 2
ECO 5715 Open Economy Macroeconomics Dr. Douglas Waldo
FIN 6465 Financial Statement Analysis Dr. Michael Ryngaert
FIN 6547 Interest Rate Risk Management Dr. David Brown
FIN 6585 Securities Trading
Course not being offered next year. It is expected Spring 2015, but no module has been determined.
Mahendrarajah Nimalendran (Nimal)
FIN 6638 International Finance Dr. Andy Naranjo
FIN 6786 Investment Banking & Corporate Financial Modeling 2 Dr. James Parrino
FIN 6936 Special Topics in Investment Finance Dr. Takeda-Brown
LAS 6295 Latin American Business Environment Dr. Terry McCoy
REE 6045 Introduction to Real Estate Dr. David Ling
REE 6395 Investment Property Analysis Dr. David Ling
Spring - All
FIN 6525 Asset Allocation Project Course
1 credit for the entire semester, must be taken both semesters by all MSF students
Dr. David Brown
FIN 6935 Finance Professional Speaker Series
1 credit for the entire semester
Dr. David Brown
and guest speakers
Spring - Mod 3
ECO 6409 Game Theory Applied
It is preferable that students have had some basic economics instruction.
Dr. Jonathan Hamilton
FIN 6429 Financial Decision Making Dr. Christopher James
FIN 6496 Mergers and Acquisitions Dr. James Parrino
FIN 6575 Emerging Markets Finance: Part I Dr. Brian Gendreau
FIN 6596 Introduction to Computational Methods for Derivatives Pricing Dr. Farid AitSahlia
FIN 6728 Capitalism and Regulation
This course will not be offered in 2015.
Dr. David Brown
FIN 6936 Special Topics in Investment Finance Dr. Takeda-Brown
REE 6105 Real Estate Appraisal Todd Jones
Between Mods 3 & 4
FIN 6930 International Financial Markets Study Tour
Early application necessary. Expect additional fees.
Dr. Andy Naranjo
Spring Mod 4
ECO 5715 Open Economy Macroeconomics Dr. Douglas Waldo
ECS 6423 Latin American Business Economics Staff
ENT 6416 Venture Finance Dr. James Parrino
FIN 6296 Capitalism Bruce Foerster
FIN 6438 Study in Valuation Dr. Michael Ryngaert
FIN 6489 Financial Risk Management Dr. Farid AitSahlia
FIN 6528 Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies Dr. Brian Gendreau
FIN 6638 International Finance Dr. Brian Gendreau
FIN 6936 Special Topics in Investment Finance Dr. Takeda-Brown
REE 6045 Introduction to Real Estate Dr. David Ling
REE 6208 Secondary Mortgage Markets and Securities Dr. Wayne Archer
REE 6395 Investment Property Analysis Dr. David Ling

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