The program’s required coursework covers a broad range of analytical tools, including software training, that will prepare you for taking electives, pursue a specialization track, and complete a team project. By taking these courses with your SMF fellow students in a teamwork environment, you will also develop valuable soft skills for your future career.
Pre-term Training and Orientation
The three-week period prior to the start of the fall semester is used for orientation to campus life and preparatory training. You will attend preparatory workshops that review basic analytical tools for financial and quantitative analysis. In this period, you also begin the accelerated finance course that will be continued in the fall quarter.
Training also includes completing a non-credit course in financial modeling with Excel. Additional activities include faculty presentations on finance topics and meetings with finance professionals. At the end of the pre-term period, you will feel well prepared and acclimated to begin your regular coursework.
During your first semester, you take eight required courses that build analytical and soft skills. This set of core courses will provide you the needed background for advanced required courses and electives as well as working in team projects. Example core courses include:
The second semester of the program includes more advanced training through required courses and electives but will also give you the opportunity to practice your technical and soft skills by participating in a required team project. In this term, you will take two additional required courses:
You will also be able to customize your studies by selecting one more required course as well as a free elective.
Visit the Electives page to learn about specialization tracks and some of the elective course options available for Spring Quarter.