DeGroote School of Business



The Finance specialization introduces you to the theory and practice of modern financial decision-making by both firms and investors. Following an introductory course on financial management, you will learn how to:

  • price options, futures and other derivatives.
  • utilize portfolio management tools.
  • apply economic and quantitative analysis to financial problem solving.
  • apply these concepts in cases, computer simulations, projects, and market analysis.

The courses in this specialization are also designed to prepare you for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation exams. The Finance Specialization has been recognized by the CFA Institute for membership in its University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

The Finance specialization offers you the opportunity to obtain a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions you to sit for the CFA exams. While pursuing the CFA designation you are strongly encouraged to take the five courses below marked with an asterisk to obtain maximum coverage of the CBOK. You are also encouraged to utilize your three electives to take additional finance courses to enhance your CFA exam preparation. For more information, please see the Finance and Business Economics area’s Info for MBA Students.

Required Courses

P700Business, Government and the Global Environment
P720Strategic Management

Plus five of the following courses:

E714Business and Economic Forecasting
F700Valuation for Finance Professionals
F701 *Alternative Investments and Portfolio Management
F702Sustainable and Social Finance
F703History of Finance
F710Financial Economics and Quantitative Methods
F711Financial Institutions
F712Applied Corporate Finance
F713 *Security Analysis
F714Options and Futures: Theory and Applications
F715Portfolio Theory and Management
F716International Financial Management
F717 *Financial Statement Analysis
F720Small Business/Entrepreneurial Finance
F721Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Control
F722Market Trading and Risk Management Using Options
F723 *Fixed Income Analysis
F724Venture Capital and Private Equity
F725Personal Financial Management
F726Behavioural Finance
F727Working Capital Management
F730Pension, Retirement and Estate Planning
F731Insurance and Risk Management
F732Personal Financial Planning and Advising
F733Financial Risk Management
F734Real Estate Finance and Investment
F735Financial Modelling
F736 *Ethics and Professional Practice in Finance
F737Financial Fraud and Market Surveillance
F740Islamic Finance
F741Introduction to FinTech
F742Market Trading and Risk Management Using Futures
F743Big Data in Finance
F718/28/38…Selected Topics in Finance
The topics for these courses depend on recent developments in the subject area and on the research interests of the instructors. Course descriptions for specific selected topics courses will be posted in the course listings.

Plus three electives.