Online Master of Science in Financial Management Concentration in Investment Analysis

The online MS in Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis is designed for professionals already working in, or seeking positions in, investment research, risk management, security selection, and portfolio management. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of investment strategies, asset valuation, and investment management, and will be prepared to excel at a variety of careers in finance involving analysis and valuation of financial assets as well as risk management. This concentration would also benefit those whose career plans include obtaining a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation.

Students will study the overall investment process as well as the key elements involved, such as asset allocation and security selection. They will obtain basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities such as options and futures contracts. Students will also learn about services provided by mutual funds and be able to construct portfolios with different risk levels.

The concentration in Investment Analysis provides students with an in-depth understanding of systematic and firm-specific risks, and how to reduce firm-specific risk by combining different securities in a portfolio. Additionally, students will study the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) concept; be able to calculate bond prices, accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields; and understand active bond portfolio management. Moreover, students will learn how to value a firm using constant growth or multistage dividend discount models, financial statements, and financial ratio analysis.

Students who complete the Financial Management master’s degree concentration in Investment Analysis will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the overall investment process and the key elements involved in the investment process, such as asset allocation and security selection.
  • Basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities.
  • Basic understanding of options and futures contracts.
  • Basic understanding of the services provided by mutual funds, and the ability to identify sources of information on investment companies.
  • The ability to construct portfolios of different risk levels, given information about risk free rates and returns on risky assets.
  • Full understanding of systematic and firm-specific risk, and how one can reduce the amount of firm-specific risk in the portfolio by combining securities with differing patterns of returns.
  • Insight on the concept and usage of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).
  • Experience with the calculation of bond prices including accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields.
  • Competence with active bond portfolio management.
  • Basic understanding of some of the macroeconomic factors that affect security prices.
  • Familiarity with the roles of fiscal and monetary policy in influencing interest rates and security prices.
  • The ability to value a firm using either a constant growth or multistage dividend discount model and the price/earnings ratio model; the ability to analyze a firm using the basic financial statements to perform ratio analysis.
  • The skills to calculate potential profits resulting from various option trading strategies and to formulate portfolio management strategies to modify the risk-return attributes of the portfolio; the skills to calculate option prices in a two-state world (via a simplified binomial model).
  • Comprehension of market timing, timing performance measures, and the problems that timing causes in performance measurement.

Awards & Accreditations


AACSB AccreditationAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

 

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Financial Management?

  • The Financial Management program offers the flexibility of online or on-campus study formats, ensuring that students can earn their degree the way that suits them the best.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs Grad Business 2017In 2018, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #9 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The MS in Financial Management program expands upon classic theory taught in traditional MBA courses, providing the insights, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to solve problems in today’s changing financial landscape.
  • Professor Irena Vodenska was the principle investigator for Boston University’s part of the international, multi-institutional “Forecasting Financial Crisis” grant funded by the European Union.

Meet Dr. John Sullivan, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Financial Management program.

Career Outlook

Financial Managers

7% increase in jobs through 2024

$117,990 median annual pay in 2015

Economists

6% increase in jobs through 2024

$99,180 median annual pay in 2015

Financial Analysts

12% increase in jobs through 2024

$80,310 median annual pay in 2015

Financial Examiners

10% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,010 median annual pay in 2015

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

10% increase in jobs through 2024

$71,550 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Financial Management concentration in Investment Analysis consists of ten required online courses (40 credits).*

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online master’s in Financial Management to satisfy up to two required courses in an Administrative Sciences graduate certificate program—leaving only two additional courses to be completed in order to receive a graduate-level certificate.

Faculty

Irena Vodenska

Irena Vodenska

Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences; Director of Finance Programs
PhD, Boston University; MBA, Vanderbuilt University; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John D. Sullivan

John D. Sullivan

Associate Professor and Chair of Administrative Sciences
PhD, Northeastern University; AM, Harvard University; MBA, Northeastern University; BA, Regis University

Getting Started

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