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Quantitative and Financial Analysis

Graduate level

This graduate-level certificate provides background on financial analysis and management to participate in decision-making. Students take four courses. Each is 3 credits.

Courses in this certificate include:

Emphasis is placed on understanding reported financial information used to assess a company's current performance, future risks, and business opportunities. Students develop skills necessary to understand the performance impact on financial statements and how economic events such as operating activities, corporate investments, and financing transactions affect the three main financial statements - the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.
The use of a variety of business analytics techniques, including quantitative and qualitative descriptive analysis tools, to support informed decision-making serves as a major focus of this course. Techniques addressed include tabular and graphical displays of data such as the bar chart and histogram, numerical measures such as the mean and standard deviation, and linear regression. Critical evaluation of actual business scenarios will be conducted during this course. Cross-listed with MSF 624 MBA 624 Prerequisite: MBA 500 and MBA 520
Students develop the knowledge of accounting information concepts that enable them to develop recommendations for improving the performance of the firm. Students gain skills and knowledge in topics such as cost-volume-profit analysis and the balanced scorecard to support budget preparation and variance analysis to improve company performance. Students with undergraduate degree or 21 credit hours of accounting: A graduate-level accounting elective may be substituted for MBA 641 if students have an undergraduate degree in Accounting or 21 credit hours in accounting and have taken an undergraduate Cost or Advanced Managerial course and have earned at least a C or better in all of these courses. Prerequisite: MBA 624
Students acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate financial performance and strategies to utilize limited resources to optimize the financial value of a business. Key elements of the course include assessing financial performance, understanding financial and economic markets, computing the value of money and cash flows over time, performing risk analysis and project valuation. Prerequisite: MBA 624. MSBAN Prerequisite: MBA 520, MBA 500 and MBA 624 or BAN 600. MSA Prerequisite: MBA 624

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