Academics and Study Abroad

Concentration in Finance

All required finance core courses and select elective (#1-#5) must be taken in Carroll School only.

SIX PRESCRIBED COURSES

  Course # Course Name Notes
  Four Core Courses
1. ACCT1021 Financial Accounting May be taken before MFIN1021
or at the same time.
2. MFIN1021 Basic Finance ACCT1021 may be taken at the
same time or before MFIN1021.
3. MFIN1127 Corporate Finance Prereq: MFIN1021
4. MFIN1151 Investments Prereq: MFIN1021
5. One Elective from Following List
  MFIN2202 Derivatives & Risk Management  
  MFIN2205 Corporate Financial Strategies  
  MFIN2225 Financial Policy  
  MFIN2230 International Finance  
  MFIN2235 Investment Banking Does not include MFIN6616
  MFIN2250 Fixed Income Analysis  
  MFIN2270 Data Analytics in Finance  
6. At least one elective from any MFIN^ course offered outside of the required courses or another from the set list above.
  View the sample list of electives for a list of offerings. Please note, not all courses are available each semester. Visit the Course Information and Schedule page in Agora for a current list of offerings

^ All MFIN66XX electives require senior status and permission from the Department. This requires that seniors visit with Professor Elliott Smith in Fulton 330B to seek approval, giving consideration to the student's successful completion of the required prerequisites.

Minor in Finance

This minor is for non-management students who are interested in learning finance to be better prepared for careers in financial institutions, service firms, nonprofits, and government agencies.

All required finance core courses and select elective (#1-#5) must be taken in Carroll School only.

Required Courses

  Course # Course Name Notes
  Four Core Courses
1. ACCT1021 Financial Accounting May be taken before MFIN1021
or at the same time.
2. MFIN1021 Basic Finance ACCT1021 may be taken at the
same time or before MFIN1021.
3. MFIN1127 Corporate Finance Prereq: MFIN1021
4. MFIN1151 Investments Prereq: MFIN1021
5. One Elective from Following List
  MFIN2202 Derivatives & Risk Management  
  MFIN2205 Corporate Financial Strategies  
  MFIN2225 Financial Policy  
  MFIN2230 International Finance  
  MFIN2235 Investment Banking Does not include MFIN6616
  MFIN2250 Fixed Income Analysis  
  MFIN2270 Data Analytics in Finance  
6. At least one elective from any MFIN^ course offered outside of the required courses or another from the set list above. 
  View the sample list of electives for a list of offerings. Please note, not all courses are available each semester. Visit the Course Information and Schedule page in Agora for a current list of offerings.

^ All MFIN66XX electives require senior status and permission from the Department. This requires that seniors visit with Professor Elliott Smith in Fulton 330B to seek approval, giving consideration to the student's successful completion of the required prerequisites.

 

Declare the Minor

Below is a sample list of electives available for undergraduate students. Additional courses may be added in the future. Please note, not all courses are available each semester. Please visit the Course Information and Schedule page in Agora for an up-to-date list of current offerings and prerequisites. 

Course # Course Name
MFIN2202   Derivatives & Risk Management
MFIN2205   Corporate Financial Strategies
MFIN2207   Real Estate Finance
MFIN2210   Entrepreneurial Finance
MFIN2212   Venture Capital & Private Equity
MFIN2225   Financial Policy
MFIN2230   International Finance
MFIN2235   Investment Banking
MFIN2250   Fixed Income Analysis
MFIN2270   Data Analytics in Finance
MFIN6602   Venture Capital
MFIN6606   Forecasting Techniques
MFIN6616   Investment Banking
MFIN6619   Seminar on Economic Crises
MFIN6621   Equity Securities Analysis
MFIN6622   Mergers & Acquisitions
MFIN6640   Simulation & Optimization in Finance
MFIN6665   Applied Fundamental Analysis
MFIN6680   Renewable Energy Investments

Study Abroad for Finance Minors and Concentrators

All students wishing to study abroad must first meet with an advisor in the Office of International Programs (OIP)

If accepted into the study abroad program and approved by Ethan Sullivan, Senior Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program (Fulton 315), the student should then contact either the Department Chairperson, Ronnie Sadka (Fulton 560C) or Elliott Smith (Fulton 330B), by email or in person, with all supporting documentation (course description, detailed syllabus, etc.) for elective course approvals. 

Any requested finance elective abroad must be equivalent to an undergraduate finance elective taught at BC.

In the rare circumstance where course selection is only available upon arrival at the university, you must email the course syllabus to either the Department Chairman, Ronnie Sadka (Fulton 560C) or Elliott Smith (Fulton 330B) before enrolling in the course in order to obtain approval.  The Finance Department will send a confirming email to you approving the course for credit if deemed a suitable equivalent to an undergraduate finance elective course taught at BC.

The Finance Department requires that Financial Accounting (ACCT1021) and Basic Finance (MFIN1021) be taken at Boston College as prerequisites for any finance elective prior to going abroad.  All required finance concentration core courses must be taken in the Carroll School only.

ALL APPROVALS SHOULD BE OBTAINED PRIOR TO GOING ABROAD.

No approvals will be granted after the course has been completed.

Independent Study

MFIN2299 - INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY

Prerequisites: Corporate Finance (MFIN1127), Investments (MFIN1151) and senior status. 

PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL:

  1. The student must be of senior status with a finance concentration and completed the above noted prerequisites;
  2. The student must demonstrate both an extremely strong interest in a particular area of finance and a a strong self-motivation and self-discipline in previous studies;
  3. The topic and area of research may not overlap with any undergraduate finance elective offering;
  4. The request to undertake an Independent Study may not be associated with an existing internship program;
  5. No less than a five-page abstract that details the area of research, hypotheses, and methodology to be employed must be presented to the full-time professor for his/her consideration, prior to his or her approval to supervise the project, along with the Independent Study Approval Form.
  6. A full-time faculty member has agreed to direct and supervise your course of study;
  7. The finance department chairman, Ronnie Sadka, has approved the request for an Independent Study.