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Concentration Requirements

The Finance MBA concentration provides you with in-depth, applied learning that will enable you to successfully understand, analyze and navigate today’s increasingly sophisticated global financial markets. Go beyond textbooks into the real world of stocks, investments, capitalization and banking while learning to use the latest high-tech financial software and market tools. You will receive a solid base of knowledge about various financial sectors and broaden your understanding of the issues that are inherent to finance decision-making, while focusing on the impact these decisions have on the public and private sectors of the global economy.

You have the choice of specializing in a particular area of finance—such as corporate finance, investments, derivatives or banking—or you may take a broad array of courses.

Highlights

In this program, you will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand stock market analyses, institutional investing and portfolio management in domestic and global markets.
  • Correctly valuate companies and markets through access to cutting-edge market research technology.
  • Recognize and grasp the role and function of central banks in our economy and how their interactions with asset markets affect the larger economy.
  • Develop risk management strategies.
  • Apply what you learn in DePaul’s Virtual Trading Room, a state-of-the-art finance lab replete with the latest in financial analysis software.

Students and alumni have access to DePaul’s finance industry-related centers, including the Arditti Center for Risk Management, Center for Financial Services and Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance. These centers provide guidance, professional networking opportunities and real-world education through conferences that feature nationally and internationally known speakers, including executives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, among other financial institutions. 

Concentration Requirements

This concentration requires completion of four graduate-level Finance courses including one required course and three electives. RE 530 may be taken as one of the elective courses to satisfy the four course requirement.

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 523
INVESTMENT ANALYSIS
Select three electives in Finance 1
1 May include RE 530 but not FIN 555.

Students may design a specialization such as Corporate Finance, Investments, Derivatives, Banking, or they may take a broad array of courses. Those students interested in specializing in a particular aspect of Finance, can use the following to guide their course selection decisions.

Banking Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 512
COMMERCIAL BANKING
FIN 513
MONEY AND CAPITAL MARKETS
FIN 557
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
FIN 562
RISK MANAGEMENT

Behavioral Finance Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 581
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING
FIN 582
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FINANCIAL MARKETS
FIN 583
BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF CORPORATE FINANCE

Corporate Finance Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 551
PROBLEMS IN CORPORATE FINANCIAL POLICY
FIN 553
ADVANCED CORPORATE FINANCE
FIN 557
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
FIN 558
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
FIN 562
RISK MANAGEMENT

Investment Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 524
FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
FIN 525
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
FIN 526
ADVANCED TOPICS IN INVESTMENTS
FIN 581
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING
FIN 719
PRINCIPLES OF STOCK PICKING

Risk Management Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
FIN 557
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
FIN 562
RISK MANAGEMENT
FIN 617
TOOLS OF FINANCIAL ANALYTICS
FIN 662
DERIVATIVES VALUATION
FIN 675
CASES IN INVESTMENTS AND FINANCIAL ENGINEERING

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