Finance and General Business Courses

Business (BUS) courses

  • BUS 610 E-Business and Online Entrepreneurship

    A study of e-business and online entrepreneurship from an applied, best practices point of view. Classroom visits by online entrepreneurs provide unique, real-world insights into the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of doing business over the Internet. May be taught concurrently with BUS 510. Cannot receive credit for both BUS 610 and BUS 510.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 650 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with LAW 650. May be taught concurrently with BUS 550. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

Finance (FIN) courses

  • FIN 600 Managerial Finance

    Prerequisite: ACC 600 and ECO 600; and permission of a director of a College of Business Graduate Program.

    Comprehensive study of the finance function in the business enterprise, including financial analysis-planning-forecasting, capital budgeting, leasing, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, and multinational finance. Designed for graduate students who have not had an undergraduate course in financial management in the last five years. This course will not be counted in the hours required for a College of Business undergraduate or graduate degree.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 638 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with INS 638. May be taught concurrently with FIN 538. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 681 Professional Financial Planning

    Prerequisite: ACC 321 and FIN 381 and FIN 485 and INS 211 and LAW 231; and INS 314 or concurrent enrollment; and FIN/INS 538/638 or ACC 524/624 or concurrent enrollment.

    A case-oriented study of comprehensive financial planning for client families. This course integrates prior knowledge of financial planning principles and practice, investments, insurance, law, tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. Advanced topics in these subjects are also presented. The financial planning process, standards of professional practice, and planner ethics are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with FIN 581. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 681 and FIN 581.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 682 International Financial Management

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and grade of B- or better in FIN 380 or FIN 600.

    This course is designed to survey how the key concepts of business finance can be applied in the context of a multinational firm. Topics include: the nature and functioning of the foreign exchange market, parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management, and international investment and financing decisions. May be taught concurrently with FIN 582. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 682 and FIN 582.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 686 International Financial Statement Analysis

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and a grade of B- or better in FIN 380 or FIN 600.

    An introduction to the study of international financial statement analysis emphasizing the financial statement analysis portion of the common body of knowledge from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. May be taught concurrently with FIN 586. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 686 and FIN 586.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 689 Management of Financial Institutions

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and either FIN 384 or ECO 305.

    A study of the theory and practice of managing depository and non-depository financial institutions. The principal focus is asset and liability management, especially with respect to the risks associated with establishing the ideal balance between the two. Such risks include interest rate, liquidity, credit, foreign exchange and capital risk. The use of money and credit markets, as well as derivative securities to minimize risk as well as to achieve strategic financial objectives is stressed. Management implications of current developments in the interaction between financial institutions and markets are discussed. May be taught concurrently with FIN 589. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 589 and FIN 689.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 695 Financial Markets Study Tour

    Prerequisite: a graduate GPA (Missouri State and transfer) of 3.50 or higher; recommendation of a finance faculty member; permission of department head.

    The course consists of three parts; 1. Background research and discussion of selected companies and institutions of one or more major financial center(s) (e.g. New York, Chicago, and/or London) and the economic, political, international, historical, social, ethical, and cultural environment in which they function. 2. A visit of approximately seven days' duration to the financial center(s) to visit selected companies, financial markets, and cultural icons. 3. A final written project and group discussion of the experience. The course involves extensive research, written and oral reporting, and group interaction based upon trust, respect and integrity. May be taught concurrently with FIN 595. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 695 and FIN 595.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 697 Research Issues and Problems: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of department head.

    Research issues and problems growing from special areas of a student's interest which may require additional depth or breadth of study. Student's proposal and outline of study must be approved prior to enrolling. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours. May be taught concurrently with FIN 596. Cannot receive credit for more than 6 hours of FIN 596 and FIN 697 combined.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 698 Financial Research and Portfolio Management

    Prerequisite: FIN 485 or FIN 785.

    An introduction to finance industry research tools and the use of those tools to conduct in-depth security analysis and portfolio management. The course emphasizes more advanced security analysis and portfolio management techniques, aided by the use of industry accepted research tools. May be taught concurrently with FIN 598. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 698 and FIN 598.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 699 Directed Study for CFA Level I Exam

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    The professor and student will devise a study plan, based upon the CFA Institute's Common Body of Knowledge, that will best-prepare the student to pass the CFA Level I Exam in June of the current year. May be taught concurrently with FIN 599. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 699 and FIN 599.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 780 Advanced Financial Management

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and ACC 711; and a grade of B- or better in FIN 600.

    An advanced study of the theory and practice of corporate financial management, including financial analysis and forecasting, working capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation. The course utilizes cases to emphasize both theory and technology in supporting sound financial decision-making.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 785 Investment Management

    Prerequisite: FIN 780.

    A study of investment theory and practice. Topics include portfolio theory, equilibrium in capital markets, equity and fixed income security analysis, derivatives (options, futures, swaps), portfolio management and strategies.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 787 Seminar in Derivatives

    Prerequisite: FIN 780.

    A study of the fundamentals, pricing, and trading strategies of options, forwards, futures and swaps. Emphasis is placed on the modeling tools most widely used for calculating their prices and related hedging parameters. The course includes an exploration of current/relevant literature concerning market mechanics, participants, and government regulation. Each student will participate in the preparation of a significant team project and presentation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 788 Healthcare Financial Management

    An introduction to fundamental financial management concepts and skills necessary for managers at a variety of levels in healthcare organizations. The course provides an overview of financial management and how the finance function is organized in healthcare organizations. Topics covered include: tax status, third-party payers, payment methodologies, Medicare and Medicaid, cost accounting and analysis, rate setting, working capital, accounts receivable, budgeting, and financial analysis.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 790 Seminar in Finance

    Prerequisite: 15 graduate hours in business administration and economics including FIN 780 and permission of the coordinator of graduate studies.

    Critical evaluation and interpretation of research and literature in finance.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 794 Internship: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of the director of the appropriate graduate program and department head.

    In consultation with the coordinating professor, the student is engaged in on-the-job experience with a business, organization, or other professional entity. A portfolio of assigned work shall be collected, examined and evaluated during the semester.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 796 Independent Study: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of the director of the appropriate graduate program and department head.

    In consultation with the advisor, student selects for intensive study a specific area of concern related to the student's program with emphasis on research.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

Insurance (INS) courses

  • INS 638 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with FIN 638. May be taught concurrently with INS 538. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

Law (LAW) courses

  • LAW 600 Legal Environment for Business Managers

    Prerequisite: permission of a director of a College of Business Graduate Program.

    Contemporary legal and ethical issues encountered by business managers will be discussed, including issues related to torts, vicarious liability, products liability issues; formation and enforcement of contracts and sale of goods; regulatory environment affecting employment practices/discrimination, product advertising and environmental responsibility; economic development issues associated with environmental sustainability, property rights, constitutional law and city planning. Agency liabilities and fiduciary responsibilities of agents and managers in business organizations will be examined. An overview of the court system and legal dispute resolution mechanisms will be integrated. This course is primarily intended for MBA students who do not have equivalent undergraduate business law course work, and this course will not be counted in the hours required for a College of Business graduate degree.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring (even-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 631 Labor Law and Employment Discrimination

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to employer-employee relationship, including employment-at-will doctrine, discrimination and union contracts. May be taught concurrently with LAW 531. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 631 and LAW 531.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 632 Legal Environment of Business Organizations for Professionals

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Agency and employment responsibilities and liabilities facing new and traditional forms of business organizations are compared, along with selected tax and security regulation issues. Personal and real property concepts are examined, along with environmental exposure issues. Selected contract and UCC concepts are reviewed. Issue recognition, problem analysis approach and testing mechanisms are especially appropriate for individuals taking the CPA or other professional exams. May be taught concurrently with LAW 532. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 632 and LAW 532.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 637 Environmental Regulation

    Laws and government environmental regulation of air, water and soil quality, energy resources, solid and toxic waste disposal, storage tanks, toxic torts, labeling of toxic substances, recycling; ethical, public policy and international implications such regulations pose for business practices, natural resource utilization, health quality and biodiversity. May be taught concurrently with LAW 537. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 637 and LAW 537.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 639 Legal Regulation of International Commerce

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Legal and ethical issues associated with doing business in a global economy. Difference in approach to contracting and merchandising; product standards, protection and liability; trade barriers and regulation of business practices. May be taught concurrently with LAW 539. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 639 and LAW 539.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 650 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with BUS 650. May be taught concurrently with LAW 550. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 730 Seminar: Contemporary Legal Issues

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    In-depth study of selected contemporary legal issues and their impact on the environment of business. Exploration of legal resources relevant to the topics.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 733 Legal Regulation of Competition and Monopoly

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 and LAW 335; or LAW 600.

    Evolution of legal theory regarding governmental regulation of business. The judicial application of laws relating to anti-trust, price discrimination, entry regulation, rate making.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings