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MS in Financial Analysis Curriculum

The MSFA coursework is ideally suited for those interested in management-track careers in public accounting, corporate finance and investments.  The curriculum provides students with analytic and forward-thinking skills to become high-level decision makers capable of integrating accounting and financial information to serve the needs of the business community.

The MSFA is a 52 credit hour program. The curriculum is grouped into three integrated sections, allowing you to specialize in a career track.

Core Curriculum (28 credits)

All MSFA students will take the core curriculum as a cohort with their class.

  • Financial Statement Analysis: ACTG 553 (4)
  • Professional Ethics & the Public Interest: ACTG 560 (2)
  • Hedging & Risk Management: FIN 545 (4)
  • Financial Management: FIN 551 (4)
  • Valuation & Analysis: FIN 553 (4)
  • Foundations of Strategy: MGMT 511 (2)
  • Communications for Leaders: BA522 (1)
  • Executive Perspectives on Leadership: BA 523 (1)
  • Capstone Consulting Experience: BA 525 (6)

Specialized Tracks (16 credits)

Each student will pick one of the three specialized tracks to focus their degree. Specialized tracks include public accounting, corporate financial management, and investment management.

Public Accounting

Corporate Financial Management

Investment Management

  • Professional Accounting Research: ACTG 525 (4)
  • Advanced Tax Topics: ACTG 527 (4)
  • Current Topics in Global Financial Accounting: ACTG 565 (4)
  • Advanced Auditing: ACTG 593 (4)
  • Strategic Cost Management: ACTG 552 (4)
  • Economics & Sustainability of the Firm: FIN 511 (2)
  • Financial Institutions: FIN 531 (2)
  • International Financial Management: FIN 556 (4)
  • Corporate Financial Strategies: FIN 565 (4)
  • Economics & Sustainability of the Firm: FIN 511 (2)
  • Financial Institutions: FIN 531 (2)
  • Investments: FIN 552  (4)
  • Alternative Investments: FIN 554 (2)
  • Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management: FIN 573 (4)
  • Portfolio Management- Issues & Performance Assessment: FIN 574 (2)

Financial Analysis Electives (8 credits)

In addition to the core curriculum and specialized tracks, students will further focus their degree by taking 8 elective credits at Portland State University or may join MBA students to study Management and Finance in a study abroad experience in France.