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 ‘Information for Students’.

Required courses

P700 Business, Government and the Global Environment
P720 Strategic Management
Plus five of the following:
E714 Business and Economic Forecasting
F700 Valuation for Finance Professionals
F701 Alternative Investments and Portfolio Management*
F710 Financial Economics and Quantitative Methods
F711 Financial Institutions
F712 Applied Corporate Finance
F713 Security Analysis*
F714 Options and Futures: Theory and Applications
F715 Portfolio Theory and Management
F716 International Financial Management
F717 Financial Statement Analysis*
F720 Small Business/Entrepreneurial Finance
F721 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Control
F722 Market Trading and Risk Management Using Options
F723 Fixed Income Analysis*
F724 Venture Capital and Private Equity
F725 Personal Financial Management
F726 Behavioural Finance
F727 Working Capital Management
F730 Pension, Retirement and Estate Planning
F731 Insurance and Risk Management
F732 Personal Financial Planning and Advising
F733 Financial Risk Management
F734 Real Estate Finance and Investment
F735 Financial Modelling
F736 Ethics and Professional Practice in Finance*
F737 Financial Fraud and Market Surveillance
F740 Islamic Finance
F741 Introduction to FinTech
F742 Market Trading and Risk Management Using Futures
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 3 electives.
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