Finance Courses at Ashford University


Finance Class Descriptions and Credit Information

FIN 671 Financial Analysis and Security Valuation

3 Credits

This course is intended for graduate students who expect at some point in their careers to use financial statements to evaluate earnings quality, performance, prospects, and value of a business. The primary emphasis will be on the analysis of public companies, but most of the tools and techniques utilized are also relevant to private firms’ financial analysis. This course focuses on the fundamental analysis of valuation, with a focus on developing and applying methods for valuing firms using financial statement analysis.

FIN 672 Financial Instruments and Derivatives

3 Credits
This course develops an understanding of the basic derivative-related financial instruments (forwards, swaps, futures, etc.), and their use in transforming and managing risky investments and projects in the areas of risk management, portfolio insurance, and financial engineering. Students will apply appropriate analytical tools needed to effectively manage risky investments and price derivatives.

FIN 673 Applied Portfolio Management

3 Credits
This course deals with the construction and management of an institutional investment portfolio. The course provides the necessary understanding and tools crucial in portfolio management activities. Students will develop an appreciation for the various perspectives and techniques associated with portfolio management and security analysis and apply their knowledge by analyzing stocks and other investments with the guidance of their professor.

FIN 674 Strategic Cost Analysis

3 Credits
This course focuses on the strategic use of cost information for planning and control, as well as costing products, services, and customers. Students will learn alternative ways of measuring costs to meet different management objectives, the role of budgeting as a planning and management tool, the use of cost analysis as a control tool to help management meet short- and long-term profit objectives, and the importance of ethics in achieving all of these objectives.

FIN 675 Financial Economics

3 Credits
This course is designed to give students a strong understanding of the theory and logic of financial economics. Students will review standard models of how consumers and producers behave in the financial environment, and the implications of these models for financial resource allocation and market efficiency. Students will also evaluate the basic tools of economics, including optimization, comparative statics, and equilibrium as it applies to finance. Applications to finance will be highlighted throughout the course, and special attention will be paid to how the tools of economics can be applied to problems in finance and business.

FIN 676 Financial Accounting

3 Credits
This course focuses on the source, nature, and interpretation of accounting data; analysis, measurement, presentation; significance, and relevance of output information to a variety of external needs; and financial reporting in a global economy. Students will also develop a better understanding of accounting information, especially the financial statements of businesses, and how information affects decisions, and especially how accounting information is used in decision making.

FIN 677 International Finance

3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices involving finance and investment decisions of multinational firms operating globally. Topics will include foreign exchange markets, financial instruments in the international capital markets, corporate exchange risk management, international investment decisions, global financing strategies, financial crises, and related issues. This course will be exclusively focused on financial management and investment as it relates to the international environment.

FIN 678 Statistics for Financial Managers

3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices of various financial decision-making tools and techniques, and the statistical methods which are used both in the direct solution of financial problems and as foundations for more advanced statistical models and analysis. Topics include collecting data; describing, sampling, and presenting data; probability; statistical inference; regression analysis; forecasting; and risk analysis. Microsoft Excel is used extensively for organizing, analyzing, and presenting data.

FIN 679 Advanced Corporate Finance

3 Credits
This course is designed to explore advanced methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on the practice. Topics include: corporate valuation; financial statement analysis and forecasting; the evaluation of capital investments under differing assumptions about risks; estimating the cost of capital; the effects of debt, equity, mergers, acquisitions, and derivative financial instruments on the value of the firm.

FIN 680 Corporate Finance Capstone

3 Credits
This capstone course is designed to integrate advanced methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on how the various financial theories and practices work together. This course will integrate computer simulations based on a case study. Students will be expected to run simulations and then analyze and report outcomes.

FIN 681 Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions

3 Credits
This course focuses on the essential elements of money, banking and financial markets. The emphasis is on macroeconomics including forms and functions of money, financial markets, the role of electronic trading, interest rates, efficient markets, depository institutions and regulations, money supply, central banks, the role of the Federal Reserve, and monetary policy. Students will explore advanced treatment of money and its role in the economy. Students will also examine and analyze the various financial structures and institutions, the Federal Reserve System, and the increasing importance of the global financial arena. Special emphasis is placed on financial events and policy issues.

FIN 683 Investment Analysis

3 Credits
This course is designed to explore the fields of security analysis and portfolio management. Students develop an understanding of debt and equity securities as well as derivatives. Students learn to apply the theory of investment strategies and techniques.

FIN 689 Advanced Financial Management and Analysis

3 Credits
This course integrates subject matter from financial management and accounting program courses. Advanced principles, techniques, and theories are applied through the analysis and presentation of case studies. The course will culminate in a research paper that comprehensively assesses an important current issue or emerging trend in the field of financial management and analysis.