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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 two-semester, 10-month program consists of 30.5 hours of graduate-level course credit.

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.

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.


Depending on their academic background, students may be required to enroll in Foundations courses upon entering the MSF program in August:

  • 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
FIN 534 Advanced Corporate Finance Valuation (1.5)
FIN 532 Investment Theory (1.5)
FIN 527 Financial Markets (1.5)
ACCT 503 Business Analysis
Financial Statements (1.5)
FIN 500N Corporate Finance & Investment Industry Seminar (0.5)
FIN 534B Advanced Corporate Finance II -Financing (1.5)
ACCT 503B Adv. Business Analysis Financial Statements (1.5)
*See below

*Choose two of the following electives for Fall B:
FIN 534C Advanced Corporate Finance III - Frontiers of Valuation (1.5)
FIN523B Mergers and Acquisitions (1.5)
FIN 532B Data Analysis for Investments (1.5)
FIN 530 International Finance (1.5)
FIN 521 Financial Intermediation (1.5)
FIN 527 Financial Markets (1.5) (if not taken Fall A)
FIN 533 Real Option Valuation (1.5)

Choose one of the following semester-long courses:
FIN 560A Research Methods in Finance (3)
MEC 537 Data Analysis, Forecasting, and Risk Analysis (3)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Spring A Spring B
FIN 525 Fixed Income Securities (1.5)
FIN 524 Options & Futures (1.5)
FIN 524B Derivative Securities (1.5)

Choose at least one of the following semester-long courses (taking both is an option):
FIN 528 Investments Praxis (3)
MGT 501 Center for Experiential Learning Practicum Course* (3)
*Must be finance related and approved by the Academic Director

Choose at least 7.5 credits from the options below

ACCT 500G Analysis of Financial Institutions & Financial Instruments (1.5)
FIN 536 Financial Issues in Leasing (1.5)

MEC 538 Economics of the Organization (1.5)

MGT 511A Law & Business Management (1.5)
FIN 549H Real Estate Finance (1.5)
FIN 531 Venture Capital & Private Equity (1.5)
MEC 540 Money, Capital Markets & Economic Growth (1.5)
FIN 500S Tools of Venture Investing (1.5)
FIN 523B Mergers & Acquisitions (1.5)
FIN 530 International Finance (1.5)

Semester-Long Electives
MGT 550F Critical Thinking Processes & Modeling for Effective Decision Making (3)
MEC 592 Competitive Industry Analysis & Strategic Development (3)


Academic Director – Radha Gopolan

If a student has 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. Substitution courses include the following (pre-requisites apply to some courses):

  • ACCT 502 Managerial Control Systems (1.5)
  • FIN 524 Options & Futures (1.5)
  • FIN 524B Derivative Securities (1.5)
  • FIN 530 International Finance (1.5)
  • FIN 533 Real Option Valuation (1.5)
  • FIN 534 Advanced Corporate Finance I – Valuation (1.5)
  • FIN 534 Advanced Corporate Finance II – Financing (1.5)
  • FIN 534C Adv. Corporate Finance III-Frontiers of Valuation (1.5)
  • FIN 537 Advanced Derivative Securities (3)
  • FIN 538 Stochastic Foundation of Finance (1.5)
  • FIN 549H Special Topics: Real Estate Finance (1.5)
  • FIN 500P Computer Programming for Quantitative Finance (3)
  • FIN 500R Risk Management (3)
  • MEC 500J Markets, Business, and the Environment (1.5)
  • MEC 538 Economics of the Organization (1.5)
  • MEC 538B Compensation, Incentives & Organization (1.5)
  • MEC 592 Competitive Industry Analysis (3)

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.