MS in Financial Engineering & Risk Management

College of Business & Economics | California State University, Fullerton

Program schedule


The MS in Financial Engineering & Risk Management is a three semester, on-campus degree program. The program consists of 30 units (10 courses) to be completed over 12 months.

There are nine requirement courses and a final, semester-long capstone research project. In the capstone project, you will work on a real-world business problem based on your interests and career goals, and then set out to use everything you have learned along the way to create a solution.

By the time you are done, the work you have completed on your capstone project could make the transition into your chosen career feel like the next logical step.

Course schedule and descriptions

You will take four courses in the fall, four courses in the spring and two courses over summer. This will allow you to graduate in less than a year after you entered the program.

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  • Finance 444Options and Futures

    Options and Futures

    Put and call options, option pricing theory and models. Financial futures pricing, hedging strategies and models. Institutional characteristics of futures trading. Options and futures on stock indices. Options on futures, theoretical relationship between options and futures.

  • Finance 517Managerial Finance

    Managerial Finance

    Modern theory and practice of financial management. Net present value and the time value of money. Basic principles of risk and return, from an asset pricing perspective, as applied to the valuation of debt and equity. Capital budgeting and forecasting. Capital structure and dividend theory. Firm valuation from a value-based management and corporate governance perspective.

  • Finance 541Seminar in Investment Management

    Seminar in Investment Management

    Problems of investment and portfolio management; concepts of risk evaluation and investment criteria; analysis of interest rate movements; investment valuation and timing; regulation and administrative problems of the industry.

  • Finance 560Seminar in Corporate Risk Management and Insurance

    Seminar in Corporate Risk Management and Insurance

    Considers how risks are managed with diversification, capital structure, loss control, corporate governance, and how they are financed with commercial insurance contracts and other alternatives. Analyzes markets and instruments created to enable corporations to manage downside risks.



  • ISDS 505Programming Concepts for Information Technology

    Programming Concepts for Information Technology

    Application programming fundamentals for information technology systems; structured and object-oriented programming, accessing and management of database tables and external files; layout design and data extraction for advanced output; testing, debugging and analysis tools.

  • Finance 542Seminar in Financial Engineering Models

    Seminar in Financial Engineering Models

    The theoretical basis of certain financial models, including: binomial tree models and risk-neutral valuation in discrete time, Brownian motion and risk-neutral valuation in continuous time, Black-Scholes option pricing models and various interest rate models.

  • Finance 561Seminar in Financial Risk Management

    Seminar in Financial Risk Management

    Financial risk management from an institutional, regulatory, and modeling perspective. Market and credit risk. Modeling, simulation, and estimation of risk techniques. Value at Risk and expected shortfall. Risk regulations including Basel I, II and III, Solvency II. Case study.

  • Finance 562Enterprise Risk Management

    Enterprise Risk Management

    ERM framework with the integration of pure, financial, strategic and operational risks. Discusses seven building blocks for developing an ERM program. Legal and regulatory environment, technical tools and future prediction on ERM.



  • Finance 528Financial Economics

    Financial Economics

    Valuation or corporate liabilities and other securities. Economic decision-making under uncertainty and asset pricing theories are analyzed rigorously. Other topics may include optimal capital structure, the market for corporate control, or macroeconomics aspects of finance.

  • Finance 597 (capstone project)

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Applications open in the fall. To learn more about applying, or start your application, visit our Apply page.