MS in Finance Specialization Asset Management

A specialization in Asset Management provides you with vital knowledge and understanding of trading and investments. Asset management professionals help clients grow their wealth over time by maintaining a portfolio of investments with the goal of increasing their value while mitigating the risks involved in investment decisions. Asset Management includes providing advice and making investment decisions based on the client's investment strategy, risk tolerance, and financial situation. Many work for an investment bank or other financial institution, while others work independently.

What You'll Learn

  • The mean-variance portfolio analysis, the capital asset pricing model, the consumption-based model, the empirical performance of asset pricing models (market anomalies), multi-factor asset pricing models, time-varying risk and returns, and portfolio performance evaluation
  • Pricing and hedging of fixed-income securities, inflation-indexed bonds and breakeven inflation rates, bonds with embedded options, defaultable bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and Fed Fund Futures
  • Factor analysis and principal component analysis, time series analysis, volatility models (e.g., ARCH), vector autoregressions, forecasting, and Monte Carlo simulation
  • Risk management strategies for asset managers, such as futures overlays and alpha porting using futures; options trading strategies, both for risk management and for speculation; put-call parity and possible arbitrage strategies; option pricing using Black-Scholes and Monte Carlo methods

Course Schedule

Students can complete the program in 10 or 16 months based on personal goals and preferences. You will take 31 credits of the required MS in Finance curriculum and round out your degree with elective classes developed to focus on Asset Management specifically. 


Courses include:

  • FINA 6623 - Economic Booms and Busts
  • MSF 6422 - Financial Econometrics II
  • MSF 6424 - Machine Learning
  • FINA 6112 - Private Equity
  • FINA 6123 - Financial Services Industry
  • FINA 6325 - Behavioral Finance
  • FINA 6125 - Cryptocurrency, Blockchain
  • ACCT 5141 - Financial Data Analytics
  • ACCT 5161 - Financial Statement Analysis


Career Outcomes

Graduates with a specialization in Asset Management go on to work at companies such as Ameriprise, Bank of America, Citi, Prudential, Raymond James, UBS, and various hedge funds to name a few. Those who specialize in this area are prepared for a variety of roles, such as:

  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Client Associate
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Analyst
  • Financial Risk Manager
  • Quantitative Analyst

Learn more about career outcomes for MS in Finance graduates by viewing our employment report.


Asset Management Admissions

The admissions process and application deadlines for the MS in Finance Asset Management specialization are the same for the MS in Finance program.

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