Transfer Pathway

Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option:  the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The  curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.  Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.

Program Overview

Finance affects all aspects of an organization, and financial considerations play a role in almost every decision. The Finance program provides solid academic grounding in areas such as investments, financing and risk management, and prepares students for careers in corporate finance, financial institutions and personal investment services.

Finance involves application of tools and concepts from mathematics, statistics, and economics to financial decision making. Strong oral and written communication skills are also important for a successful career in this field. The Finance program is designed to not only help students gain proficiency in financial theory and application, but also enhance their quantitative, critical thinking and communication skills.

The program can be completed on campus, online or by combining on campus and online courses. Program requirements are the same, regardless of the delivery mode.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Finance major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Requisite Footnotes

  • FIN 392 is a co-requisite for FIN 511, FIN 560 and FIN 595. (To enroll in FIN 511, FIN 560 or FIN 595, a student must either first complete FIN 392, or be concurrently enrolled in FIN 392.) 
  • FIN 392 is a prerequisite for FIN 496 

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of Minnesota State Policy 3.2 and Minnesota State Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course; 
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and 
  • the course carries a grade of "C-" or "S" or higher.

Management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

Students in each of the College of Management bachelor of science major programs must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of their major requirements and/or major electives at Metropolitan State University. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.

General Education and Liberal Studies

Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS).

In Addition, courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 120 total credits)

COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  • MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
    4 credits

    This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the economy as a whole and studies how government can affect the economy. After starting with principles of markets, the price system and supply and demand, the course covers national income accounting, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System, different approaches to economic growth, and the foundations of international trade.

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  • ECON 202 Microeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
    4 credits

    This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.

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COM Business Core Courses (20 credits)

  • DSCI 434 Introduction to Operations Management
    4 credits

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of production and operations management for both service and manufacturing organizations. It will address the role of operations in relation to other functions and the methods to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Topics covered include: product and service design, capacity planning, design of work systems, location planning and analysis, material requirements planning, supply-chain management, enterprise resource planning, inventory management, total quality management, Six Sigma, lean enterprise and kaizen approaches, aggregate planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and project planning. Also included are tools and processes used in operations decisions such as forecasting, breakeven analysis, and critical path method using available software.

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  • FIN 390 Principles of Finance
    4 credits

    This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.

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  • MGMT 310 Management Principles and Practices
    4 credits

    This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of management as well as current management theory and practices. The critical success factors leading to effective performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader, motivator, controller and manager of a diverse workforce in a changing environment are identified and evaluated.

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  • MIS 310 Principles of Management Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course is designed to define the role of information systems in organizations, and in particular the roles of IS staff and end-users in developing and maintaining computer systems. The managerial aspects and implications of databases, telecommunications, hardware, software and e-commerce are included. Special attention is given to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: infrastructure, transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. Also included are all phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) as well as alternative development methodologies. The course prototypically includes analysis of real world business cases and post-implementation audit report of a recently completed management information system. All students taking this class must have completed as a prerequisite the MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations course or its approved equivalent. Students should also note that this course is no longer offered as a theory seminar or as a prior learning experience, but students with significant prior work experience in the field of MIS are highly encouraged to take the internet study section for this course, which is appropriately more challenging.

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  • MKTG 300 Marketing Principles
    4 credits

    This course surveys factors that marketing managers take into account when creating a marketing plan, including consumer behavior principles, market segmentation, product life cycle, packaging, branding, pricing, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, product distribution methods and key laws affecting marketing practices. The course takes a practical approach to explaining how to identify marketing objectives and determine strategies for reaching them. It is useful to general business students, students who plan marketing management or marketing communications careers and those who wish to be better informed consumers. This course is also offered online. Prerequisite: Goal 1 writing requirement plus 30 credits must be satisfied.

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Finance Major Required Courses (8 credits)

  • FIN 392 Corporate Finance
    4 credits

    This course (formerly designated FIN 590) builds on work done in FIN 390 Principles of Finance to develop understanding of corporate financial decision making. Topics include cost of capital, capital structure policy, dividend policy, options, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and leasing.

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  • FIN 511 Investments and Portfolio Analysis
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the risk of, and return on, financial securities and the fundamental concepts of Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) as they relate to diversification and asset allocation within portfolios of financial and other assets. Topics include security markets, equity and fixed income securities, derivatives, portfolio management, and portfolio management performance evaluation.

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Finance Major Elective Courses (16 credits required: any four of the following courses)

Note: plus any upper-division course approved by the finance area coordinator.

  • ACCT 310 Financial Reporting
    4 credits

    This first course in a two-course financial reporting sequence provides for the preparation and understanding of financial information. Topics include: financial accounting theory and practice; official pronouncements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and conceptual statements; financial statement preparation and analysis; revenue and expense recognition; accounting for assets and current liabilities; noncurrent liabilities and stockholder equity; and financial statement disclosures.

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  • ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting I
    4 credits

    This course is the first in a two course sequence (Intermediate Accounting I and Intermediate Accounting II) that provides for the preparation and understanding of financial information. Topics include accounting theory and practice, the conceptual framework of United States (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), recognition of economic transactions, the preparation and analysis of financial statements and the related disclosures. The course considers both U.S. and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) accounting standards. Intermediate Accounting I focuses on the role of accounting as an information system and the measurement, recognition, presentation, and disclosure of economic transactions focusing on the following: basic financial statements, revenue recognition, time value of money, cash receivables, inventories, and property, plant, and equipment.

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  • ACCT 515 Financial Statement Analysis
    4 credits

    This course provides an in-depth study of the concepts and applications of financial statement analysis including the supply of and demand for accounting information in financial markets and the uses of accounting information in performance evaluation, investment and credit decisions.

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  • ECON 420 Money, Banking and Financial Institutions
    4 credits

    This course is designed for business and economics students interested in acquiring a broader view of the financial system and its markets. The material is divided into three sections: historical, theoretical and institutional. The historical section covers the evolution of money, money creation, inflation, the economy, and the development of banking. The theoretical part covers methods to trace the impact of money on the economy including classical, Keynesian, monetarist and rational expectation approaches. The institutional portion deals with financial intermediaries and financial instruments.

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  • ECON 352 Intermediate Microeconomics
    4 credits

    This course covers the analysis of consumption behavior and demand using the theory of utility and indifference, the theory of production and costs, and analysis of the firm and industries under the four market structures. Factor pricing and general equilibrium using comparative static analysis techniques are also covered. Selected topics include: market failure, price ceilings and floors under different market structures, subsidies, regulations, price discrimination, and consumer and producer surplus.

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  • ECON 497 Economic Research and Forecasting
    4 credits

    This course prepares students for the task of analyzing primary and secondary economic data in order to assist decision makers in profit, nonprofit and public organizations. It also provides an introduction to econometrics: regression models, serial correlation, forecasting, simultaneous equation estimation, model building, time series and simulations. Students work on a major project during the course.

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  • FIN 496 Financial Derivatives
    4 credits

    The course will focus on financial derivatives, and their applications to the management of investment portfolios and business risk. Emphasis will be placed on the role of derivatives markets in the financial system, the principles of derivative pricing, applications of derivatives in risk management, and some of the main causes of the recent global financial crisis. The course also addresses the rationale for regulation in this market.

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  • FIN 550 International Finance
    4 credits

    This course is an introduction to the international dimensions of corporate financing, investment, and risk management decisions. Topics include foreign exchange markets, international financial systems, foreign exchange rate determination, currency risk, spot and forward rates, hedging, international monetary and trade flows, multinational capital budgeting, and cost of capital in emerging economies. Overlap: IBUS 550 International Financial Management.

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  • FIN 560 Financial Markets and Institutions
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of financial markets and institutions. Topics include the workings of various financial markets, the functions of different types of financial institutions, and the regulatory framework for the financial sector. The course concludes with an introduction to the types of risks faced by institutions and the basic tools and concepts to manage these risks. Further, the course will include topics of current interest.

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  • FIN 595 Advanced Corporate Finance
    4 credits

    This course focuses on case studies. Topics include capital and business strategy analysis, forecasting and prospective analysis, mergers and acquisitions, credit analysis, corporate financing strategies, and management communications. This course requires extensive use of spreadsheets.

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  • MATH 301 Introduction to Analysis
    4 credits

    This is an introductory course in real analysis. Starting with a rigorous look at the laws of logic and how these laws are used in structuring mathematical arguments, this course develops the topological structure of real numbers. Topics include limits, sequences, series and continuity. The main goal of the course is to teach students how to read and write mathematical proofs.

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  • MATH 315 Linear Algebra and Applications
    4 credits

    The need to solve systems of linear equations frequently arises in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering and economics. In this course we study these systems from an algebraic and geometric viewpoint. Topics include systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, Euclidean vector spaces, linear transformations, linear independence, dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

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  • MATH 340 Mathematical Modeling
    4 credits

    Mathematical modeling is the investigation of real world phenomena using mathematical tools. This course includes topics such as dynamic and stochastic modeling (differential equations and discrete-time equations), as well as optimization modeling. Applications will include problems from such areas as the physical and biological sciences, business, and industry.

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  • MATH 450 Operations Research
    4 credits

    The field of Operations Research studies the mathematical methods developed for solving problems in business, industry, and management science. Following a modeling approach, this course introduces selected topics such as linear programming, integer programming, game theory, Markov chains, and queuing theory.

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  • RMI 300 Risk Management and Insurance
    4 credits

    The course explores the risk management issues facing firms and individuals and examines how to protect firm value and personal wealth. It covers the areas of the general risk management process, property and liability insurance, life and health insurance, annuities and employee benefits. The insurance industry and regulatory concerns are also addressed. In addition, the course touches on some of the new products emerging in the risk management arena and how the insurance industry responds to them.

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COM Capstone Course (4 credits)

  • MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management
    4 credits

    This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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