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The Rotman Master of Finance program provides unmatched theoretical and applied training in finance.

Foundations of Finance (RSM 4310)

Instructor: Laurence Booth, CIT Chair in Structured Finance and Professor of Finance

This course is the foundation for the future specialized MFin finance courses. It introduces the field of finance, provides an overview of its components, examines connections between different areas of finance, and most importantly it provides the analytical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of modern business finance. In addition to the fundamental introduction, the course will develop the tools and skills students need for their future finance classes. These include: (i) advanced time-value of money computations; (ii) valuation methodologies for projects, firms, and financial securities; (iii) risk-return theory and portfolio theory; and (iv) foundations for corporate financing decisions.

Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis (RSM 4216)

Instructor: Ramy Elitzur, Associate Professor of Accounting

Financial reporting systems serve many purposes. They are used to inform investors and potential investors. They produce numbers that are used in contracting between shareholders, managers, creditors and others. Regulators use financial reports to make assessments of competitive conditions and financial strength. At various times, management makes financial reporting and/or transaction design decisions to obtain some objective with these various user groups. With this in mind, this course has three main objectives:

First, students should expand their ability to analyze and interpret financial statements and notes and develop an understanding and appreciation of the various incentives and pressures impacting on financial reporting decisions.

Second, students will be exposed to current research on the importance of accounting information in capital markets (e.g., accounting based anomalies, the effects of disclosure on cost of capital, etc.). Third, students will apply this knowledge to the analysis of firm profitability, risk, and valuation.

Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on examining the topics from the perspectives of external users of information, rather than preparers. The course takes a multi-discipline approach and integrates material across accounting, economics, finance, and strategy. Overall, the course emphasizes analysis of information rather than the mechanics of accounting. However, in order to conduct any meaningful financial analysis, you need to be familiar with basic accounting (debits/credits, t-accounts, etc.). Students are thus assumed to have a basic familiarity with financial statement preparation using accrual accounting.

Analysis of Fixed Income Markets (RSM 4317)

Instructor: Fotini Tolias, Associate Professor of Finance

This course will provide the tools to analyze and understand various bond structures, simple yield curve strategies and the different fixed income products across the credit spectrum. The use of real world examples and mini-cases will link the theory with both practice and application.

Forecasting Risk and Opportunities (RSM 4319)

Instructor: Tom McCurdy, Bonham Chair in International Finance, Founder and Academic Director, BMO Financial Group Finance Research & Trading Lab and Professor of Finance

Course objectives are: to develop skills for quantifying risks; to evaluate risk and return modeling for forecasting risks and the associated potential returns; to identify and quantify parameter and model risks; and to develop trading/investment strategies taking explicit account of these risks. We will use learning-by-doing exercises to achieve these objectives. The first part of the course emphasizes developing Excel applications linked to actual financial data. We then apply what we have learned using experiential learning cases on the Rotman Interactive Trader platform for which our Excel applications will be linked to data from a simulated market, that is, data generated by the class participants. These interactive cases are analogous to using a flight simulator to learn to fly except in our case we are learning how to make effective financial decisions taking account of uncertainty about the future.

Advanced Accounting (RSM 4220)

Instructor: Ramy Elitzur, Associate Professor of Accounting

Course objectives are: to develop skills for quantifying risks; to evaluate risk and return modeling for forecasting risks and the associated potential returns; to identify and quantify parameter and model risks; and to develop trading/investment strategies taking explicit account of these risks. We will use learning-by-doing exercises to achieve these objectives. The first part of the course emphasizes developing Excel applications linked to actual financial data. We then apply what we have learned using experiential learning cases on the Rotman Interactive Trader platform for which our Excel applications will be linked to data from a simulated market, that is, data generated by the class participants. These interactive cases are analogous to using a flight simulator to learn to fly except in our case we are learning how to make effective financial decisions taking account of uncertainty about the future.

Derivatives Review and Assessment (online)

Online pre-course material needed in preparation for RSM 4322 – Applications of Derivatives Products.

Applications of Derivatives Products (RSM 4322)

Instructor: Kevin Wang, Associate Professor of Finance

This course examines the valuation of derivatives in more depth than earlier courses. It discusses stochastic calculus, the Black-Scholes analysis, numerical procedures, exotic options, the equivalent martingale measure approach, the standard market models for valuing interest rates derivatives, the construction of trees for the short rate, the LIBOR market model, non-standard swaps, and real options. The aim of the course is not to prepare students for a "quant" job. Instead it is to put students in the position where they can communicate with and manage the technical staff that manages the pricing and risks of a derivatives business.

Investment Banking and Corporate Valuation (RSM 4315)

Instructor: Heather-Anne Irwin, Adjunct Professor of Finance

This course covers corporate valuation and the many aspects of investment banking, the services, capital market’s needs met, and the products in both the Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions areas. It will look at forecasting and the different methods of valuation.

Macro Economics for Finance Professionals (RSM 4113)

Instructor: Doug Hyatt, Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy

Over the last two years, the close two-way connection between the world of Finance and the broader macroeconomy has become all the more stark and clear.In this course, the basics of international macroeconomics are surveyed with special emphasis on the connections to Finance. Among the topics covered in this course are growth and business cycles, monetary policy, capital flows and exchange rates, forecasting, the use of data, and economic modeling. The focus will be on developing frameworks with which finance professionals can make sense of macroeconomic data and news, policy controversies, and general economic debates.

Risk Management and Financial Institutions (RSM 4314)

Instructor: Chay Ornthanalai, Academic Director, Master of Finance, Associate Professor, Finance Area

This course deals with the way companies, particularly financial institutions, manage risk. It covers credit risk, market risk, operational risk, liquidity risk, and model risk. Bank regulation is discussed. In particular, Basel II, Basel 2.5, Basel III and Dodd-Frank are covered. Other topics include methods for monitoring volatilities and correlations, copulas, credit derivatives, the calculation of economic capital, and RAROC. The final class integrates earlier material by looking at what we can learn from the big losses that have occurred at financial and non-financial institutions in the last 20 years.

Innovations in Finance (RSM4324)

Instructor: John Hull, Co-Director, Master of Finance, Maple Financial Group Chair in Derivatives and Risk Management and Professor of Finance

Data science is having an increasing impact on the financial sector. Examples of areas where it has been applied are: credit decisions, private equity, algorithmic trading, fraud detection, understanding customer behavior, hedging, and asset management.

This course will introduce students to the tools of machine learning with emphasis on their applications in finance. Students will learn Python as part of this course. They will also undertake three major machine learning projects (one individual and two in groups). 

The course will cover other financial innovations such as blockchain, payment systems, PTP lending, crowdfunding, ICOs, roboadvisors, InsurTech, and RegTech.

Investments (RSM 4323)

Instructor: Chay Ornthanalai, Academic Director, Master of Finance, Associate Professor, Finance Area

This course provides an introduction to the financial theory and analytical tools for making investment decisions and for understanding how prices are determined for stocks and bonds. The course covers a broad range of topics including risk-return characteristics of important financial instruments, stock return predictability, asset allocation, factor-based risk adjustment, stock valuation techniques, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, market efficiency, anomalies, evaluation of portfolio managers, term structure of interest rates, and bond portfolio management.

Applied Portfolio Management (RSM 4318)

Instructor: Laurence Booth, CIT Chair in Structured Finance and Professor of Finance

The applied portfolio management course will look at topics in portfolio management that go beyond the null of efficient markets. Topics covered will vary but may include alternatives to mean variance optimization such as the growth optimal portfolio, the role of active versus passive management and the relevance of recent anomalies that go under the rubric of inefficient markets or behavioural finance. Assignments will be done in groups back testing various investment strategies. The emphasis is on the interface between current investment research and real world investment strategies.

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Key Facts

Duration

  • 20 months

Coursework completed in 16 months.

Delivery

  • Every Wednesday evening
  • Typically alternate Saturdays, full day

Total tuition fee (2019 entry):

  • Domestic = $61,200 CAD
  • International = $87,720 CAD 

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