Finance Academy

Kick off the Master of Science in Financial Analysis with a two-week boot camp session where you’ll set the groundwork for the rest of program. Complete the first four courses of your degree, meet and mingle with peers from other finance master’s programs, and place yourself at the same starting line as your classmates.

  • Takes place in August before the semester begins.
  • Complete four credits over the course of two weeks.
  • Includes Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Derivative Markets, and Fixed Income courses.

10-Month Full-Time

The Fox Master of Financial Analysis delivers a curriculum that develops broad fundamental and quantitative expertise, as well as hands-on experience with financial technology. Accelerate your career through our 10-month full-time pathway. Dedicated CFA Exam modules, industry study packages, and a credit-bearing professional development course will help you prepare for your future in finance. Specific questions about courses or the program’s curriculum? Get answers from a member of the graduate finance programs department.

Timeline & Schedule

Fall semester (August)

Courses are held in-person. Students will take courses at Alter Hall on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Full-time students take day and evening courses on weekdays; part-time students take evening courses on weekdays.

Prepare for CFA Exam Levels I and II through a curriculum that meets CFA learning objectives and includes dedicated modules and study packages. Classes end with time to study for each part of the exam.

Curriculum

Finance Academy
FIN 5602 Corporate Finance (1 credit)FIN 5603 Financial Accounting (1 credit)
FIN 5603 Financial Accounting (1 credit)FIN 5605 Fixed Income (1 credit)
Fall I (Aug-Sep)Fall II (Oct-Nov)Spring I (Jan-Feb)Spring II (Mar-May)
FIN 5675 Professional Development (1 credit)FIN 5601 Financial Technology (1 credit)FIN 5631 Financial Time Series (1.5 credits)FIN 5638 Behavioral Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5612 Asset Pricing (1.5 credits)FIN 5615 Data Science in Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5632 Investment Management (1.5 credits)FIN 5622 Machine Learning in Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5613 Derivative Valuation (1.5 credits)FIN 5623 Risk Measurement (1.5 credits)FIN 5637 Applied Corp. Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5647 Financial Reporting & Analysis (1.5 credits)
FIN 5618 Corporate Value Management (1.5 credits)FIN 5627 Financial Econometrics (1.5 credits)FIN 5648 Quantitative Portfolios (1.5 credits)FIN 5672 Financial Analysis II (1.5 credits)
FIN 5671 Financial Analysis I (1.5 credits)FIN 5628 Global Economy (1.5 credits)
Optional: December CFA® Level IOptional: June CFA® Level II

22-Month Full-Time

The Fox Master of Financial Analysis delivers a curriculum that develops broad fundamental and quantitative expertise, as well as hands-on experience with financial technology Benefit from an immersive 22-month experience with additional time for internship opportunities, exam preparation, and professional networking while still meeting full-time credit requirements. Dedicated CFA Exam modules, industry study packages, and a credit-bearing professional development course will help you prepare for your future in finance. Specific questions about courses or the program’s curriculum? Get answers from a member of the graduate finance programs department.

Fall semester (August)

Courses are held in-person. Students will take courses at Alter Hall on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Full-time students take both day and evening courses on weekdays; part-time students take evening courses on weekdays.

Prepare for CFA Exam Levels I and II through a curriculum that meets CFA learning objectives and includes dedicated modules and study packages. Classes end with time to study for each part of the exam.

Year One

Finance Academy
FIN 5602 Corporate Finance (1 credit)FIN 5603 Financial Accounting (1 credit)
Fall I (Aug-Sep)Fall II (Oct-Nov)Spring I (Jan-Feb)Spring II (Mar-May)
FIN 5675 Professional Development (1 credit)FIN 5627 Financial Econometrics (1.5 credits)FIN 5631 Financial Time Series (1.5 credits)FIN 5638 Behavioral Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5612 Asset Pricing (1.5 credits)FIN 5615 Data Science in Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5637 Applied Corp. Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5622 Machine Learning in Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5618 Corporate Value Management (1.5 credits)FIN 5648 Quantitative Portfolios (1.5 credits)
FIN 5671 Financial Analysis I (1.5 credits)

Year Two

Finance Academy
FIN 5605 Fixed Income (1 credit)FIN 5604 Derivative Markets (1 credit)
Fall I (Aug-Sep)Fall II (Oct-Nov)Spring I (Jan-Feb)Spring II (Mar-May)
FIN 5601 Financial Technology (1 credit)FIN 5628 Global Economy (1.5 credits)FIN 5632 Investment Management (1.5 credits)FIN 5647 Financial Reporting & Analysis (1.5 credits)
FIN 5613 Derivative Valuation (1.5 credits)FIN 5623 Risk Measurement (1.5 credits)FIN 5637 Applied Corp. Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5622 Machine Learning in Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5672 Financial Analysis II (1.5 credits)Optional Dec CFA® Level IOptional: June CFA® Level II

Part-Time Curriculum Pathway

Year One

Finance Academy
FIN 5602 Corporate Finance (1 credit)FIN 5603 Financial Accounting (1 credit)
Fall I (Sept-Oct)Fall II (Oct-Dec)Spring I (Jan-Feb)Spring II (Mar-May)
FIN 5675 Professional Development (1 credit)FIN 5627 Financial Econometrics (1.5 credits)FIN 5631 Financial Time Series (1.5 credits)FIN 5638 Behavioral Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5612 Asset Pricing (1.5 credits)FIN 5628 Global Economy (1.5 credits)FIN 5648 Quantitative Portfolios (1.5 credits)FIN 5671 Financial Analysis I (1.5 credits)
FIN 5618 Corporate Value Management (1.5 credits)

Year Two

Finance Academy
FIN 5605 Fixed Income (1 credit)FIN 5604 Derivative Markets (1 credit)
Fall I (Sept-Oct)Fall II (Oct-Dec)Spring I (Jan-Feb)Spring II (Mar-May)
FIN 5601 Financial Technology (1 credit)FIN 5615 Data Science in Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5632 Investment Management (1.5 credits)FIN 5622 Machine Learning in Finance (1.5 credits)
FIN 5613 Derivative Valuation (1.5 credits)FIN 5623 Risk Measurement (1.5 credits)FIN 5637 Applied Corp. Finance (1.5 credits)FIN 5647 Financial Reporting & Analysis (1.5 credits)
FIN 5672 Financial Analysis II (1.5 credits)Optional Dec CFA® Level IOptional: June CFA® Level II

Courses in Our Program

This course reviews economic principles governing financial markets and corporate management and develops financial analysis skills. Topics include capital budgeting and cost of capital.

This course reviews the practice of financial accounting and develops skills in analyzing financial statements. Topics include financial reporting quality and International standards.

This course examines the features and trading behavior of global fixed income markets. Topics include features of debt securities, bond valuation, interest rate risk immunization and foreign exchange.

This course teaches specialized financial software, financial market databases and quantitative financial tools. Financial Technology may be repeated up to one credit hour.

This course teaches methods for analyzing time series data and for forecasting future events. The course offers a mix of financial data analysis together with statistical theory.

This course examines insights of efficient market theory and behavioral finance for the historical pattern of asset prices. Topics include bubbles, momentum and limits to arbitrage.

This course examines the relationship between financial risk and rates of return. Topics include equilibrium and empirical approaches to asset pricing and international asset pricing.

This course explores the tools and techniques of data mining to extract useful information from large financial data sets. Topics include data cleaning, data visualization and back-test strategies for financial market insights and trade ideas.

This course explores portfolio management for individual and institutional investors. Coursework includes formulating a strategic equity and fixed income asset allocation strategy.

This course examines machine learning techniques for exploring relationships between financial economic variables and making trend-based predictions. Topics include unsupervised learning and supervised learning algorithms for financial market trading insights and signals.

This course explores equity, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodity derivatives valuation and risk management applications. Coursework includes trading in futures and options markets.

This course examines alternative measures of value-at-risk (VaR) including stress-testing and scenario analysis. Topics include Monte Carlo Methods and risk management failures.

This course examines corporate financial restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. Topics include leveraged buyouts, industry capital structure and corporate governance.

This course examines advanced financial accounting practices, theory, and issues. Topics include employee compensation, multinational operations and financial reporting quality.

This course examines the drivers of firm value and develops financial statement analysis skills. Topics include free cash flow valuation, industry analysis and valuation in emerging markets.

This course examines linear regression and time series models with applications to corporate finance and investments theory. Topics include Interpreting regression coefficients and estimating correlation and volatility using GARCH models.

This course examines portfolio management based on quantitative techniques versus fundamental valuation methods. Topics include statistical arbitrage and computer-based models for trading.

This course continues the examination of the CFA Program’s CFA Level I & II Candidate Body of Knowledge emphasizing the application of investment tools and concepts in asset pricing.

This course explores the CFA Program’s CFA Level I Candidate Body of Knowledge: ethical and professional standards, quantitative methods, economics, financial reporting, corporate finance, equity investments, fixed income, derivatives, alternative investments and portfolio management.

This course examines global macro-economic conditions. Topics include monetary and fiscal economics, economic indicators, the European Monetary Union and the causes of financial crises.

This course examines the importance of professional growth. Topics include career development goals, effective professional communication, leadership and management skills and ethical issues in finance.