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Corporate Finance and Investments Curriculum

The Corporate Finance and Investments track fuses mathematical tools with a strategic understanding of business decision-making.

In the Corporate Finance & Investments (MSFC) track, students take a significant amount of course work alongside finance-oriented MBA students. The 11-month, three-semester (summer, fall, spring) program consists of 30.5 hours of graduate-level course credit. A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained for graduation eligibility.

Part-Time Option

Working professionals in the St. Louis area can pursue this program on a part-time basis. The MSFC track offers the convenience of allowing students to earn their degree taking courses part-time, in the evening. Part-time students can begin taking courses in the fall or spring semester.


Summer Foundation Courses

Depending on your academic background, you may be required to take Foundation courses upon entering the MSF program. This coursework is in addition to the required 30.5 credits and will count toward GPA calculation.

  • FIN 510 Introduction to Finance (2 credits)
  • ACCT 560 Introduction to Accounting (2 credits)
  • ACCT 562 Financial Accounting II (Intermediate Accounting) (2 credits)

Fall Semester (15.5 credits)

Fall A Fall B
ACCT 503 Business Analysis/Financial Statements (1.5)
FIN 500N Corporate Finance and Invest. Industry Seminar (.5)
FIN 527 Financial Markets (1.5)
FIN 532 Investment Theory (1.5)
FIN 534 Advanced Corporate Finance I-Valuation (1.5)
ACCT 503B Adv. Bus. Analysis/Financial Statements (1.5)
FIN 534B Advanced Corporate Finance II-Financing (1.5)
Choose two of the following electives:
FIN 523B Mergers & Acquisitions (1.5)
FIN 527 Financial Markets (1.5) (if not taken in Fall A)
FIN 530 International Finance (1.5)
FIN 532B Data Analysis for Investments (1.5)
FIN 533 Real Option Valuation (1.5)
FIN 534C Adv. Corporate Finance III – Corporate Financial Strategy (1.5)
Choose at least one of these semester-long courses:
FIN 560A Research Methods in Finance (3) strongly recommended
MEC 537 Data Analysis, Forecasting, and Risk Analysis (3)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Spring A Spring B
FIN 524 Options & Futures (1.5)
FIN 525 Fixed Income Securities (1.5)
FIN 524B Derivative Securities (1.5)
Choose one (or both) of these semester-long courses:
FIN 528 Investments Praxis (3)
MGT 501 Center for Experiential Learning Practicum Course* (3)
*Must be finance related and approved by the Academic Director

In addition, choose at least 7.5 credits from the options below:
FIN 536 Financial Issues in Leasing (1.5)
FIN 549H Real Estate Finance (1.5)
FIN 500S Tools of Venture Investing (1.5)
FIN 523B Mergers & Acquisitions (1.5)
FIN 531 Venture Capital & Private Equity (1.5)
MEC 538 Economics of the Organization (1.5)
MEC 540 Money, Capital Markets & Economic Growth (1.5)
MGT 511A Law & Business Management (1.5)
Semester-long courses:
MEC 592 Competitive Industry Analysis & Strategic Development (3)
MGT 550F Critical Thinking Processes & Modeling for Effective Decision Making (3)


Academic Director – Radha Gopolan
Download MSFC Course Descriptions (PDF)

If you have taken coursework comparable to the required curriculum, course substitutions are available to further tailor this track to your specific career goals. Permission of the academic director is required.

Note to International Students: Additional English courses may be added or waived based on an English assessment upon arrival. The pass/fail grade you receive will not count toward your GPA.

Transfer of Credit

Olin Business School will accept up to nine credits of graduate coursework taken at another AACSB accredited institution if the grades you earned are "B" or better, and the Academic Review Committee judges the courses to be equivalent to Olin MSF classes in quality and content. Submit the course syllabus and transcript to your business adviser upon enrollment.