Master's in Economics: Financial Economics Concentration
The financial economics concentration offers students the intellectual foundation and technical skills required for careers as financial economists and analysts in private companies and public agencies. Students receive advanced training in theoretical economics, financial analysis, quantitative methods, and the institutional structure of financial markets. Students successfully completing this concentration will have the basic skills necessary to begin preparing for certification examinations in financial economics.
In addition to the requirements listed for the general economics curriculum, candidates choosing the concentration in financial economics are required to complete the following three-hour courses: TVA Investment Challenge (Fin 5990), Financial Markets (Econ/Fin 6460), Financial Analysis (Fin 6710), Financial Institutions (Econ/Fin 6730), and Security Analysis (Fin 6740). An additional six hours of guided electives must be chosen from the following courses: Public Finance (Econ/Fin 6430), Monetary Policy (Econ/Fin 6450), International Trade (Econ 6530), Cases in Financial Management (Fin 6720), and International Financial Management (Fin 6860). Remaining hours are general electives.
Competency in economic theory is tested by qualifying examinations in macroeconomics and microeconomics at the end of the student's first year of study. In addition, a financial economics field exam will test a candidate's competency in this field.