The online MS in Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis is designed for professionals already working in, or seeking positions in, investment research, risk management, security selection, and portfolio management. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of investment strategies, asset valuation, and investment management, and will be prepared to excel at a variety of careers in finance involving analysis and valuation of financial assets as well as risk management.
Students will study the overall investment process as well as the key elements involved, such as asset allocation and security selection. They will obtain basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities such as options and futures contracts. Students will also learn about services provided by mutual funds and be able to construct portfolios with different risk levels.
The concentration in Investment Analysis provides students with an in-depth understanding of systematic and firm-specific risks, and how to reduce firm-specific risk by combining different securities in a portfolio. Additionally, students will study the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) concept; be able to calculate bond prices, accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields; and understand active bond portfolio management. Moreover, students will learn how to value a firm using constant growth or multistage dividend discount models, financial statements, and financial ratio analysis.
Metropolitan College is a participant in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This membership acknowledges that our MSFM degree and concentration curricula embed a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and cover the Standards of Practice Handbook, offering excellent preparation for the internationally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program exams.
Students who complete the Financial Management master’s degree concentration in Investment Analysis will be able to demonstrate:
- Understanding of the overall investment process and the key elements involved in the investment process, such as asset allocation and security selection.
- Basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities.
- Basic understanding of options and futures contracts.
- Basic understanding of the services provided by mutual funds, and the ability to identify sources of information on investment companies.
- The ability to construct portfolios of different risk levels, given information about risk free rates and returns on risky assets.
- Full understanding of systematic and firm-specific risk, and how one can reduce the amount of firm-specific risk in the portfolio by combining securities with differing patterns of returns.
- Insight on the concept and usage of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).
- Experience with the calculation of bond prices including accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields.
- Competence with active bond portfolio management.
- Basic understanding of some of the macroeconomic factors that affect security prices.
- Familiarity with the roles of fiscal and monetary policy in influencing interest rates and security prices.
- The ability to value a firm using either a constant growth or multistage dividend discount model and the price/earnings ratio model; the ability to analyze a firm using the basic financial statements to perform ratio analysis.
- The skills to calculate potential profits resulting from various option trading strategies and to formulate portfolio management strategies to modify the risk-return attributes of the portfolio; the skills to calculate option prices in a two-state world (via a simplified binomial model).
- Comprehension of market timing, timing performance measures, and the problems that timing causes in performance measurement.
Awards & Accreditations
Accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Financial Management?
- MET Financial Management programs offer excellent preparation for the internationally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program exams. As part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, MET’s Master of Science in Financial Management curriculum embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and covers the Standards of Practice Handbook.
- Through our CFA affiliation, scholarships for the CFA Program exam are available to students enrolled in the MS in Financial Management program.
- The Financial Management program offers the flexibility of online or on-campus study formats, ensuring that students can earn their degree the way that suits them the best.
- In 2020, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #10 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
- Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- The MS in Financial Management program expands upon classic theory taught in traditional MBA courses, providing the insights, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to solve problems in today’s changing financial landscape.
- Professor Irena Vodenska was the principle investigator for Boston University’s part of the international, multi-institutional “Forecasting Financial Crisis” grant funded by the European Union.
*Chartered Financial Analyst is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.
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The Master of Science in Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis consists of ten required online courses (40 credits).*
*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.
With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online master’s in Financial Management to satisfy up to two required courses in an Administrative Sciences graduate certificate program—leaving only two additional courses to be completed in order to receive a graduate-level certificate.
Students pursuing a Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis must complete the degree core courses, concentration requirements, and electives, as shown below:
Degree Core Courses
(Four courses/16 credits)
METAD630 Financial and Managerial Accounting
Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of financial and managerial accounting. Includes data accumulation, accounting principles, financial statement analysis, measurement and disclosure issues, cost analysis, budgeting and control, production costs, and standard costs. [4 credits]
METAD678 Financial Regulation and Ethics
Financial Regulation and Ethics is a course designed to thoroughly review the important topics of financial regulations, policies, and ethics. The course will explore an overview of the financial systems, their history, problems, and issues for the purpose of understanding the enactment of regulations as a method to protect the financial systems and investors. Also, regulators and their authority will be identified, both domestically and internationally.
Ethics, an extremely important aspect of finance will be discussed and explored. Ethics is a difficult topic to define and can be impacted by social norms. During the ethics portion of the course, students will study where ethics have failed and caused major issues for the financial marketplace and individual companies. [4 credits]
METAD685 Quantitative Methods for Finance
Finance is a highly competitive and dynamic industry that demands quantitative oriented professionals. This course will equip students with the empirical techniques which are used in the analysis of financial markets with a strong focus on financial applications using actual data.
The goal of this course is to provide students with a number of econometric techniques which are used in the analysis of financial markets based on asset pricing and corporate finance models. In particular, the emphasis will be on classical linear regression models, time series analysis, and limited dependent variable models applied to the following topics: predictability of asset returns; event study analysis; econometric tests of the CAPM and multifactor models; volatility modelling, etc. [4 credits]
METAD731 Corporate Finance
Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting. [4 credits]
(Four courses/16 credits)
METAD713 Derivative Securities and Markets
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Provides an overview of operation, mechanics, and structure of the derivative markets and covers the concepts of options and futures pricing, arbitrage, and risk management. Emphasizes the theory of risk management and hedging opportunities offered by derivative securities. [4 credits]
METAD717 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Prereq: MET AD731
Mechanics of securities markets, types of available investments, and an introduction to determination of securities values. Problems of investment policy are approached through studies of portfolio selection methods and the valuation of special classes of securities (e.g., growth stocks). [4 credits]
METAD719 Fixed Income Analysis
Prereq: MET AD 630, MET AD 731
This course covers the nature and analysis of fixed income securities and an in-depth examination of some of the particular features of some major classes of fixed income instruments, valuation, sensitivity to risks, and management of fixed income portfolios. [4 credits]
Plus one of the following:
METAD709 Case Studies in Current Corporate Financial Topics
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Finance forecasting and planning; capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, rate of return, and financial aspects of growth. Readings and extensive use of case studies. [4 credits]
METAD712 Financial Markets and Institutions
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Investigation and analysis of organization, structure, and performance of U.S. money and capital markets, and institutions. Examines regulation of the financial industry and the role of financial instruments. [4 credits]
METAD714 Mergers and Acquisitions
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
This course examines the process by which takeovers and other corporate control transactions take place. Of particular interest will be the defensive measures by management against hostile bids, buyout transactions, the relation of takeovers to capital structure changes, and the insider trading in takeover contests. [4 credits]
METAD763 Multinational Finance and Trade
Prereq: MET AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting. [4 credits]
(Two courses/8 credits)
METAD605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
This course helps students to develop an understanding of the impact of business processes on the organization’s performance and provides students the key tools to analyze and improve processes in both manufacturing and service sectors. [4 credits]
METAD610 Enterprise Risk Management
This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of operational and technological risk assessment and operational continuity using a project management framework and quantitative risk metrics. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; information security; an overview of the system-wide structure; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. [4 credits]
METAD642 Project Management
The course explores modern project management by providing an enterprise-level, experiential view of the discipline focused on connecting projects to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. The theme of the course is applying key project management tools and techniques, through case-based group work. Groups select, plan, report, and then present on their project’s scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, and communications elements using tools such as the WBS, network diagram, PERT estimate, Gantt chart (including the use of MS Project), risk register, and heat map. Students also gain familiarity with important new concepts in project management: Agile frameworks, sustainability thinking, and Benefits Realization Management, all of which will be important for their success not only in other graduate courses, but as they lead projects for their organizations. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [4 credits]
METAD644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Prereq: MET AD642
This course introduces students to macro and micro approaches to project cost estimation. Case studies of both pre-project and in- process estimating examine some of the more common perils of human irrationality associated with project estimation to help develop more sensible, achievable project outcomes. Students learn how to manage both project cost and schedule objectives throughout their projects using the Earned Value and Earned Schedule Measurement Systems. Students then study risk management through an examination of both individual and overall project risk and apply their learnings using advanced risk management software in an actual case study. Students also study project quality management, procurement/contract management, and project ethics and professional conduct using case study scenarios. [4 credits]
The course provides a detailed examination of the history of e-commerce, along with important concepts related to the ways that businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and problems associated with electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices. The development of a WordPress-themed website is a minor feature of the course. 4cr. [4 credits]
METAD680 Global Supply Chains
This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that the products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships, and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination, and transportation and customer service. 4cr. [4 credits]
METAD715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. [4 credits]
METAD741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality. [4 credits]
METCJ632 White-Collar Crime
The purpose of this course is to examine the nature and extent of corporate and white-collar crime, including detection, deterrence, and criminal liability sanctions, as well as, the social and legal changes related to corporate illegality. Students will use case materials which address securities fraud, money “laundering”, professional deviance, and political corruption, in addition to other topics. Students will also analyze policy responses including RICO and other laws, regulations and court processing. [4 credits]
METCS555 Data Analysis and Visualization with R
This course provides an overview of the statistical tools most commonly used to process, analyze, and visualize data. Topics include simple linear regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, and survival analysis. These topics are explored using the statistical package R, with a focus on understanding how to use and interpret output from this software as well as how to visualize results. In each topic area, the methodology, including underlying assumptions and the mechanics of how it all works along with appropriate interpretation of the results, are discussed. Concepts are presented in context of real world examples. Recommended Prerequisite: MET CS 544 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor’s consent. [4 credits]
Or choose any other graduate-level course selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.
MET prioritizes the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in the rolling admission process. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than the priority application deadlines for each term.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree, in any field of study, from a regionally accredited college/university (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment at Metropolitan College. The following materials are required for a complete application:
John D. Sullivan
Associate Professor and Chair, Administrative Sciences
PhD, Northeastern University; AM, Harvard University; MBA, Northeastern University; BA, Regis University
Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences; Director, Finance
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Visiting Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences
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Lecturer, Administrative Sciences; Online Program Coordinator
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Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
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Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
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