The growth, size, and complexity of financial markets has created a need for financial professionals who are well-equipped with theoretical and technical capabilities.

The MS in Management – Finance Analysis program provides in-depth study of the efficiency of capital markets, investment banking, financial institutions, corporate financial control, securities valuation techniques, capital budgeting, portfolio strategies, hedging and arbitrage schemes, and international fund management. You will also gain knowledge in accounting, information technology, mathematical and statistical techniques, managerial economic analysis, and will understand their applications to financial analysis.

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Required Courses (21 credits)

BUS ADM 721 Financial Accounting Theory
The principles of external reporting are integrated with approaches to problem solving. Emphasis is placed upon recent developments of the accounting profession.
BUS ADM 751 Analysis of U.S. Business Environment
Analysis of inflation, business cycles, interest rate dynamics and term structure, federal reserve policy, tax policy, and economic growth.
BUS ADM 771 Investments
Financial assets pricing and selection for stocks, bonds, convertible securities, and warrants. Concepts of diversification, asset valuation models and derivative securities.
BUS ADM 775 Financial Strategy
Application of financial theory to corporate strategic planning. Working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, global finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
BUS ADM 778 Financial Institutions and Markets
Application of finance theory to financial management of firms including commercial banks, insurance companies, pension funds, mutual funds, and securities firms.
BUS MGMT 705 Corporate Finance
Analysis of corporate financial decision-making including security valuation, cash flow estimation, capital budgeting, financial planning, capital structure, dividend policy, and international financial management.
BUS ADM 754 Statistical Analysis
Business applications of probability theory and statistical methods to managerial problems of prediction, inference and decision making under uncertainty.
BUS MGMT 709 Analytic Models for Managers
Developing statistical thinking through basic concepts for data analysis. Models for analysis of business environment, software tools, interpretation and communication of results for management applications.

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students choose at least four of the following:

BUS ADM 713 Business Forecasting Methods
Overview and use of modern forecasting methods in support of managerial strategic planning, financial, and operational analysis of a dynamic global business environment.
BUS ADM 772 Portfolio Management
Study of dynamic process that periodically matches investors’ goals, objectives, and strategies with market expectations through portfolio construction and revision. Covers asset allocation, return optimization, and management of various asset types.
BUS ADM 773 Options and Futures
Pricing theories and models for options and futures contracts and their application to investment hedging, arbitrage, and portfolio management. Covers equity, fixed income, commodity, and currency options and futures.
BUS ADM 774 Global Financial Management
Analysis of financial problems corporations face when operating in an international environment. Emphasis on management of foreign exchange risk.
BUS ADM 779 Fixed Income Securities
Examination of the pricing and features of modern fixed income securities including treasuries, municipals, mortgage-backed, callable and putable bonds, convertibles, and interest rate swaps.
BUS ADM 795 Seminar-in-Management: Behavioral Finance
This course describes how individuals and firms make financial decisions, and how those decisions deviate from those predicted by traditional financial or economic theory. Students explore the existence of psychological biases in financial decision-making, and examine the impacts of these biases on financial markets and other financial settings.The course examines how the insights of behavioral finance complements the traditional finance paradigm to help make better financial decisions.
BUS ADM 795 Seminar-in-Management: Corporate Restructuring: Mergers, Acquisitions, Private Equity, Leveraged Buyouts & Beyond
The course delves into various corporate restructuring methodologies, namely: M&As, LBOs, MBOs, major financial re-capitalizations, going private transactions, bankruptcies and divestitures. It covers both financial and ownership changes and analyzes legal, governance (control) and accounting considerations entailed in corporate restructuring events. The course combines empirical evidence from the finance literature with case study methods. It focuses on the way transactions are structured, the way they are financed and whether value is created for the company.
BUS ADM 851 Global Investments
Introduce market structure, institutions, regulations, instruments, and innovations in global investments. Focus on management of foreign currency risk and performance of global investment portfolios.
BUS ADM 852 Venture Finance
Examine private equity industry, venture and buyout fund. Focus on the interaction of major parties, general partners, limited partners and portfolio firms.
BUS ADM 853 Financial Modeling
Development and advanced application of computer-based financial models including pricing of exotic derivative securities.


Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Finance Analysis can be found on the Graduate School website.

Students admitted to the MS-Finance Analysis program without sufficient background may need to complete additional courses. Please contact the Graduate Student Services Office for more information.


profile photoIoannis (Yianni) FlorosAssistant Professor(414) 229-4369ivfloros@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430A

Associate Professor, Finance

Roger L. Fitzsimonds Junior Faculty Scholar

profile photoXiaoting Hao(414) 229-3662haox@uwm.eduLubar Hall S418

Lecturer,  Finance

profile photoJohn R. Huck(414) 229-4775huck@uwm.eduLubar Hall S436

Assistant Professor, Finance

William Nasgovitz Research Grant

profile photoYong-Cheol Kim(414) 229-4997ykim@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430D

Associate Professor, Finance

profile photoYao Li(414) 229-5612li339@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430E

Visiting Assistant Professor, Finance

profile photoRichard D. Marcus(414) 229-4103marcus@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430F

Associate Professor, Finance

Chair, Executive Committee

Interim Director, M&I Marshall & Ilsey Center for Business Ethics

profile photoValeriy Sibilkov(414) 229-4369sibilkov@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430G

Hans G. Storr Associate Professor, Finance

profile photoG. Kevin Spellman, CFA(608) 334-2110spellman@uwm.eduLubar Hall S442

Senior Lecturer, Finance

David O. Nicholas Director, Investment Management

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Lecturer, Finance

profile photoPengcheng Zhu(414) 229-4160zhup@uwm.eduLubar Hall S430G

Visiting Assistant Professor, Finance


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