Financial Economics

The Financial Economics concentration provides a strong conceptual understanding of finance, combined with an understanding of the workings of financial markets and institutions. The concentration focuses on the dynamic areas of corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, investment analysis, derivatives and hedging, portfolio management, international finance, mutual funds, and banking. Students develop the requisite skills to forecast and analyze information to make detailed financial decisions while maintaining sight of the larger global economic perspective.

Internationally renowned for its quality curriculum, teaching, and faculty, the Administrative Sciences department has been recognized by the world’s leading accrediting bodies for its excellence in management education. The department’s programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and its Master of Science programs in Administrative Studies (Boston) and management (online) are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS). In addition, the Master of Science program in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).


All students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematical skills for management by taking MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management.

International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills. International students must take MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students unless waived by the department.

Department courses to satisfy the prerequisites are:

  • MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students (4 cr)
  • MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management (2 cr)

Note that prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Waiver Policy

A waiver exam is available for AD 510 Mathematics for Management. Students must take this waiver exam prior to the start of classes or must sign up for AD 510 in the first semester.

Degree Core Courses

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET AD 731 Corporate Finance
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 648 E-commerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Concentration Requirements

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MET AD 712 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • MET AD 717 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • MET AD 763 Multinational Finance and Trade

Concentration Electives

(select two courses/8 credits)

  • MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations
  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
  • MET AD 673 Corporate and Social Responsibility
  • MET AD 709 Case Studies in Current Corporate Financial Topics
  • MET AD 713 Derivative Securities and Markets
  • MET AD 714 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET AD 716 Managing Financial Institutions
  • MET AD 718 Overview of Mutual Funds Industry
  • MET AD 722 Legal Issues in the Financial Industry
  • MET AD 744 Venture Capital and Financing Innovation
  • MET AD 745 Global Competitiveness
  • MET AD 749 International Economics
  • MET AD 764 Multinational Tactics, Strategies, and Positioning
  • MET AD 773 International Business Simulation
  • MET AD 780 Ethics in Management
  • MET AD 783 International Investments
  • MET AD 855 Strategic Advantage


(select one graduate-level course/4 credits)

Students are encouraged to use this graduate-level course to broaden their understanding of finance. This course can be selected from other Administrative Sciences department offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other schools and colleges within Boston University, with an advisor’s approval.

Exemption Policy

Exempt exams are provided for: AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting and AD 731 Corporate Finance. Students who pass these exams must replace each exempted course with a 4-credit concentration elective in order to graduate with the required 48 credits.