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MSF Curriculum

The MSF online program consists of 32 credits over 20 months. There are six core courses, a week-long On-site Residency, a Global Consulting Project, and three selective courses (where the class will collectively have the opportunity to vote on which courses that they would all like to take). Listed below is a succinct description of the On-site Residency, the Global Consulting Project, and each core course.

On-site Residency
This residency is a week-long introduction to the program on the Georgetown campus that occurs after the students have completed their first two core courses (i.e., Financial Markets and Financial Accounting). The students will work on a case competition. This residency will also give the students some time to experience the Georgetown campus, and to get to know better their classmates and professors.

Global Consulting Project
In this capstone project, the students conduct a real-world consulting project for a firm in another country drawing upon the skills that they have learned throughout the program. The students will consult with the client firm (through e-mail, voice, and Skype), and learn about the history of the client firm’s country as well as its business, political and regulatory environment. The project will conclude with a week-long visit to the client’s country that will include a final presentation to the client. During the week, the students will also be finalizing their project, meeting with the client, and going on business and cultural site visits.

Core Courses

Financial Markets
This course begins with a review of the building block concept of the time value of money, and quickly moves onto: bond and stock valuation; the relation between risk and return; and the ongoing debate about the workings of financial markets according to the Efficient Market Hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis of Behavioral Finance.

Financial Accounting
This course focuses on the accumulation, analysis and presentation of relevant accounting data of an enterprise and how it is used to serve the needs managers, shareholders, creditors, and external analysts.

Corporate Finance
This course builds on the previous core courses to show you how to maximize shareholder wealth within a legal and ethical framework. Topics covered include capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, payout policy, and the fundamentals of derivative pricing.

Financial Econometrics
This course is about the art and science of making sense of financial data. The students will learn how to build and analyze large databases using advanced econometric techniques.

Advanced Corporate Valuation and Modeling
This course covers advanced valuation topics such as the free cash flow approach to equity valuation, the use of accounting and market data to measure and manage the value of the firm, and the modeling of parameter estimation errors.

Principled Financial Leadership
This course is designed to train women and men to lead with integrity. The course focuses on ethical challenges faced by leaders of financial firms or by leaders in finance positions at non-financial firms.

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