Master of Science in Financial Economics (MSFE)
Learning Goals and Objectives
MSFE learning objectives can be viewed by clicking on the learning goals listed below.
L1: Students will develop a rigorous understanding of modern finance.
L1.1 Students will demonstrate a mastery of financial asset pricing.
L1.2 Students will demonstrate a mastery of corporate finance topics.
L2: Students will be able to apply appropriate analytical techniques in financial analysis.
L2.1 Students will demonstrate relevant mathematical and statistical skills generally applied in empirical financial analysis.
L3: Students will develop the technical skills commonly applied in financial analysis.
L3.1 Students will demonstrate functionality with the programming languages SAS, R, C++, or Python.
L3.2 Students will demonstrate functionality with the Bloomberg system.
L3.3 Students will conduct meaningful research under the direction of department faculty.
L4: Students will have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities.
L4.1 Students will manage a bond portfolio under direction of department faculty.
After the development of the Huntsman School's principal goals and objectives, an extensive mapping process was conducted in order to link the objectives to specific departments, classes, and programs. For every goal and subsequent objective, the School is always aware of what class is principally charged with assessing student development in the respective area. A complete outline of this mapping procedure is seen below.
|Master of Science in Financial Economics|
|L1: Students will develop a rigorous understanding of modern finance.||L2: Students will be able to apply appropriate analytical techniques in financial analysis.||L3: Students will develop the technical skills commonly applied in financial analysis.||L4: Students will have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities.|
|Course||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective
|Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective
|(H) High focus in this course, (M) medium focus in this course, (L) low focus in this course.|
Assurance of learning is carried out using standardized exams and course embedded measurements. Visualizations of the results can be found at the following links:
Closing the Loop (Continuous Improvement)
By analyzing the data generated by the assurance of learning (AoL) process, the Huntsman School has been able to make changes to curricula that have had an impact on student learning. Some of these changes have been large, structural changes such as targeted acquisition of certain faculty or curriculum changes; others have been small--at the individual course or instructor level. Full "Closing the Loop" details for each measurement are available in the Outcomes Data section, however, a few of the more recent results include:
- The assessment of the understanding of modern finance (L1) has been going well. Small changes to the course content are the only changes that are warranted at this time. Students need to spend more time dealing with the material to understand at the deepest level. Next year, in addition to spending more time, we will see how the students perform individually.
- The assessment of analytical techniques in financial analysis (L2) has been going well. Small changes to the course content are the only changes that are warranted at this time. Further explanation of how to use the appropriate software. Additional homework assignments that require use of software and will provide some practice.
- Students are consistently passing their Plan B defense, showing mastery of the technical skills commonly applied in financial analysis (L3). No major changes are anticipated at this time.
- Effective management of a bond portfolio give the students an opportunity to develop their professional skills in a real-world environment (L4). The principles of bond portfolio management have consistently been dempnstrat4ed by our students. No major changes are anticipated at this time.