Courses

  • GSM DS 999: Doctoral Dissertation Study
    This 2-credit course is a requirement to maintain doctoral student status during the completion of your Comprehensive Exam, Dissertation Proposal Defense and ultimately, Dissertation Defense. Each department has its own section which are as follows: Accounting (A1); Finance/Economics (B1); Information Systems (C1); Strategy and Policy (D1); Marketing (E1); Operations and Technology Management (F1); Organizational Behavior (G1); and Mathematical Finance (M1).
  • GSM ES 700: Executive Presentation
    A presenter's delivery skills impact the audience's image of the presenter and the clarity of the message being communicated. A combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice and simulation, this course is designed to help you exercise leadership through verbal communication.
  • GSM ES 701: Executive Written Communication
    This course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice. It's designed to help you exercise leadership through writing and understand how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management, working relationships in the network era, and overall business strategy.
  • GSM ES 707: Managing Career Growth
    The MBA is simply a step along the path of a career. It provides the skills and tools necessary to take many steps forward, but you must manage where those steps lead and how. Managing Career Growth will provide you the understanding of how to managing your own career going forward. The class will cover: -Career self-assessment (interests, values and skills) -Networking and developmental relationships -Career management/advancement strategies -Developing your career marketing plan and professional portfolio. All with the purpose of providing a foundation to not only manage your next steps but continuously assess, network, market and manage yourself. You are indeed a business of one and you are the one responsible for managing that business.
  • GSM ES 721: Teaming
    Teaming is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. Delivered through key interactions across the modular MBA core, teaming works to both support student work in teams while also provide an intellectual understanding of how to assess the dynamics by which teams form, develop, change, achieve success and transform or disband.
  • GSM ES 722: Executive Communication
    Executive Communication is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. Beginning in the pre-term and delivered through key interactions across the modular MBA core, Executive Communication will provide students with essential skills in oral communication - including development of a presenter's delivery skills and message clarity - and written communication - including how to exercise leadership through writing and understanding how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management. Executive Communication skills delivery is also structured to provide supporting content linked to both the career and integrated project activities.
  • GSM ES 723: Career Management
    Career Management is one of the three elements of the Professional Skills course. This professional development course is designed to assist students in transforming interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search. The Career Management course integrates a set of complementary resources and activities: self-assessment, career management tools, skill building opportunities, and active involvement in a career development community. The course will help students to determine professional goals; develop and implement a plan for achieving them; acquire the specific skills and experiences needed to become market ready; build a personal brand and professional network.
  • GSM ES 724: Professional Skills
    The Professional Skills Collection consists of three elements integrated into the full time MBA curriculum: Communications; Teaming, and Career Management. First, Communications focuses on both oral elements - including development of a presenter's delivery skills and message clarity - and writing elements - including how to exercise leadership through writing and understanding how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management. Second, Teaming will support student work on teams while also assessing the dynamics by which teams form, develop, change, achieve success and transform or disband. Third, Career Management will assist students in transforming personal interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search through a set of complementary resources and activities. Each of the three professional skills elements are integrated within, and delivered alongside, the integrated modular MBA core experience.
  • GSM FE 721: Finance 1
    Graduate Prerequisites: MG700, PL727, QM716, AC710
    The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the theory and practice of corporate finance, and to provide the students with a set of analytical tools necessary to answer the most important questions related to firms' valuation and investment decision making first under certainty and then under uncertainty. The course can be divided into the following three building blocks: valuation, investment decisions, and the relation between risk and return.
  • GSM FE 722: Financial Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: OB712/713, AC710/711 (or concurrently)
    Financial Management examines three sets of problems: 1) saving and investment decisions by households, 2) investment and financing decisions by corporations, and 3) the role of securities markets and financial intermediaries in the economy. Decisions today affect the timing of and uncertainty about future flows of income; both timing and risk determine the current value of those future flows. This course develops the tools required to analyze these decisions and their interaction within the financial system.
  • GSM FE 730: Economics and Management Decisions
    Graduate Prerequisites: OB712/713 (Recommend QM717)
    The aim of the course is to present many of the decision problems managers face and to present the economic analysis they need to guide these decisions. In the first half of the course, microeconomic tools are used to structure complicated decision problems about production, pricing, investment, and other strategic issues, address uncertainty through probabilistic forecasts and sequential decisions. An additional goal is to distinguish different market structures and apply competitive strategies using game theory. In the second half, the focus shifts to the study of the national and global economic environments within which companies operate. We identify the drivers of fluctuations in GDP, inflation, interest and exchange rates, and other key features of the economies. Since governments play key roles in determining the fate of economies and companies, the final theme is the rationale for and efficacy of government policy tools.
  • GSM FE 810: Finance 2
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    This course extends fundamental concepts of corporate finance and asset pricing introduced in the core. Corporate finance concepts covered are capital structure decisions, payout policy decisions, and real options. Asset pricing topics include market efficiency, multi-factor models for the risk and return, arbitrage pricing theory and contingent claim analysis and its use in valuation and risk management. The concepts are illustrated in practical examples that prepare students for their summer internships.
  • GSM FE 820: Corporate Financial Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    This course provides an in-depth analysis of financial considerations relating to corporate growth. It addresses the setting of financial and corporate goals in terms of maximizing shareholder wealth and relationships among working capital, debt levels, capital costs, dividend policy, growth and the value of the firm. It also considers the requisite financial analysis associated with mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy.
  • GSM FE 821: Advanced Corporate Finance
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722, FE820
    This course is designed for students who are pursuing careers in corporate finance (such as chief financial officer, treasurer, or controller) in an industrial corporation, in the corporate finance department of an investment banking firm or in investment banking. The course provides follow-up on the basic financial frameworks and analytical methods outlined in introductory courses. Three primary areas are covered: risk management; agency, information, and psychology; and real options.
  • GSM FE 822: Fixed Income Markets
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    This is a course primarily on fixed-income debt securities and markets. Emphasis is placed on the factors that determine bond yields, factors such as the coupon and maturity structure, liquidity, credit risk, and tax status of the security, and on measures of return and risk, statistics such as the yield to maturity, horizon yield, duration, and convexity. We will cover government debt (Treasuries and municipals), corporate bonds (investment-grade and high-yield), agency (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and mortgage-backed debt created via securitization (i.e., collateralized mortgage obligations). We will emphasize how interest rate and credit derivatives are used to manage portfolios of fixed-income securities.
  • GSM FE 823: Investments
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    Introduction to the investment management process. Defining investment objectives and constraints. Introduction to Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Fama- French factors, APT, efficient markets, stock, bond and option valuation models. Immunizing interest-rate risk. Active and passive investment strategies, fundamental analysis, trading practices, and performance evaluation. Introduction to the role of futures and options in hedging and speculation. Arbitrage and hedge fund strategies. Understanding the assumptions underlying the different approaches and their limitations. Topics related to current events and the recent financial crisis.
  • GSM FE 825: Advanced Topics in Investments
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722, FE727/730, FE823
    This course is about the theory and practice of integrated wealth and risk management. It is intended for students who plan a career in the financial services. It focuses on building quantitative decision models for individual investors, investment firms, and pension funds. Subjects covered include the framing and quantitative modeling of lifecycle saving, investing, and risk-management decisions, and the design and production of retirement products, and other structured investment contracts to achieve targeted objectives.
  • GSM FE 827: International Financial Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    This course analyzes corporations' exposures to financial risks in the global economy. It discusses national currency systems and currency volatility, and how corporations identify, measure and deal with exposure to such volatility. It introduces students to foreign currency markets, currency derivatives markets, and international financing markets that help corporations deal with the various risks they face and take advantage of opportunities that arise in foreign markets.
  • GSM FE 829: Futures, Options and Financial Risk Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE721/722
    Futures and stock options are recognized as important tools of investment and risk reduction. This course covers the theory of futures and option pricing and develops a framework for analyzing hedging and investment decisions using futures and options. Attention is paid to practical considerations in the use of these investments, tax and accounting issues and the institutional features of the market in which the various instruments are traded.
  • GSM FE 850: Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
    Graduate Prerequisites: FE810, FE820 strongly encouraged.
    Private Equity (PE) is a major force in the capital markets, acquiring household names such as Dell, Toys R Us, Neilson, Nieman Marcus, and many more. This course exposes students to, and de-mystifies, the PE world. The focus is centered on LBOs and their position in the alternative asset class. Students learn about the activities of PE firms including formation, fundraising, investing (deal structure, terms, due diligence, governance) and exiting. We also discuss how other industry sectors serve or are affected by PE and who the players are. This is a capstone course that integrates marketing, strategy and finance to further the understanding of business evaluation. Case study and class participation are the primary modes of learning. Course offered jointly with undergraduate course SMG FE 450.