Program Director: Dr. Randy Jorgensen
Program Office: Harper Center

Graduate Study in Investment Management and Financial Analysis

The Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (M.I.M.F.A.) program is designed to prepare students for advanced investments and financial analysis guided by a Code of Ethical Practices and Professional Conduct and uses as its foundation the curriculum of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) program.1 Both a campus-based evening program, as well as online program are available. The CFA program is grounded in the practice of the investment profession. According to the CFA Institute, the program of study for the CFA charter is based on “a job analysis survey involving CFA charterholders around the world to determine those elements of the body of investment knowledge and skills that are important to the professional practice of investment management.” The program of study has a significant foundation in theory as well as practical applications of the theory and tools provided. Students who complete the M.I.M.F.A. program will have the knowledge base to sit for each of the three levels of CFA exams but are not required to do so. More information on the CFA program is available at www.cfainstitute.org.

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Note: CFA, CFA Program and Body of Knowledge are trademarks owned by the CFA Institute.

Program Goals

  1. Exhibit disciplinary knowledge and behavior essential in investment management and financial analysis.
  2. Think critically to aid decision-making.
  3. Commit to action that demonstrates care for others.
  4. Exhibit personal habits consistent with personal formation.

Admission

  1. Eligibility for Admission: Applicants for admission to the M.I.M.F.A. program must have a baccalaureate degree in business from an accredited institution of higher learning, or, if the degree is in a field other than business, significant work experience in the field of finance.
  2. Application: A completed application form, personal essay describing how a master’s degree fits in with an applicant’s career objectives upon completion of the program, current resume, and a non-refundable application fee.
  3. Recommendations: Two recommendations are required. The recommendations should be completed by persons other than family members who are capable of assessing an applicant’s performance in an academic or work setting.
  4. Transcripts: Evidence of high scholastic potential. One official transcript must be sent from each institution of collegiate rank attended by the applicant. Transcripts should be sent directly from the collegiate institution to the Enrollment Services, Harper Center, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178. All such transcripts become the property of Creighton University.
  5. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)1: All applicants must submit an acceptable score report on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT is administered by Pearson VUE. Further information about the GMAT may be obtained at www.mba.com.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Graduate School requires all students from countries in which English is not the native language to demonstrate competence in English by a score of 577 in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination or 90 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) at the graduate level.International applicants who received their baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English speaking only) are not required to submit a TOEFL score. The IELTS may be substituted for the TOEFL provided an applicant's overall band score is 6.5 with no subscore below 6.
  7. Financial Ability: All international applicants who are formally admitted must provide a “Certification of Available Finances” form in order for the I-20 form to be issued by the Office of International Programs. Form available at www.creighton.edu/IntlPrograms.
  8. Prerequisites: Applicants to the M.I.M.F.A. program must show evidence that they have completed undergraduate courses in accounting, finance, and economics.

Acceptance to the M.I.M.F.A. program is granted to applicants who clearly demonstrate that they have high promise of succeeding in graduate business study. Interviews are not required as part of the admission process.

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 GMAT Exemption Practices

  1. GRE Performance: Applicants who have already taken the GRE may substitute their GRE performance for their GMAT score. The applicant's verbal GRE score must be at least 153 and the quantitative score must be at least 144. The applicant must also be above the 20th percentile in both categories.
  2. Professional Graduate Degrees: Applicants may be exempt from taking the GMAT if they have earned a professional graduate degree. Examples of such degrees include: J.D., M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., Ed.D., and Pharm.D.
  3. Professional certifications: Applicants who have earned CPA certification or CFA certification (have passed at least Level 1) may be exempted from taking the GMAT.
  4. Creighton business graduates: Applicants who have earned a BSBA degree from Creighton University Heider College of Business in the last 10 years and had at least a 3.5 overall GPA plus at least a 3.75 GPA in all accounting, finance, and statistics courses taken may be exempted from taking the GMAT.

Courses

MIM 717. Ethical and Professional Standards I. 1 credit.

An intensive study of the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct as well as readings drawn primarily from the CFA Level I curriculum. This course emphasizes the importance of ethical behavior in the financial services industry. Students will apply knowledge of the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct to recognize and avoid unprofessional practices and violations of the Code and Standards. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents. Open only to students enrolled in the online MIMFA program.

MIM 718. Ethical and Professional Standards II. 2 credits.

An intensive study of the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct as well as readings drawn primarily from the CFA Level II curriculum. Much of this material also appears in MIM 717. It is repeated here to emphasize the importance of ethical behavior in the financial services industry. P: MIM 717. Open only to students enrolled in the online MIMFA program.

MIM 720. Ethical and Professional Standards. 3 credits.

An intensive study of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®), corporate governance issues and risks affecting companies. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 722. Fixed Income and Derivatives I. 3 credits.

A study of fixed income investments, including basic characteristics of bonds in alternative sectors, valuation tools, and factors that influence bond yields. Also includes a study of derivative investments, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 723. Quantitative Analysis I. 2 credits.

This course covers the basic tools necessary for advanced security analysis. First, basic concepts such as the time value of money and computing returns and yields are covered. Second, the course addresses elementary statistical topics such as descriptive and inferential statistics as well as the use of statistical tests and frequency distributions. Finally students will perform hypothesis tests and apply measures of statistical significance. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents. Open only to students enrolled in the online MIMFA program.

MIM 724. Quantitative Analysis. 3 credits.

A study of elementary statistics, data collection and analysis, regression and correlation analysis, probability theory and distributions, hypothesis testing, and the time value of money. Also covers regression and correlation analysis and time series analysis as they are used in portfolio management. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 725. Quantitative Analysis II. 1 credit.

The objectives of this course cover advanced financial and statistical topics. Topics include the basics of correlation and simple linear regression plus multiple regression and issues in regression analysis. Students will also test models for heteroskedasticity, serial correlation, and multicollinearity before moving on to time series analysis and an examination of linear trends, log-linear trends, and AR models. P: MIM 723. Open only to students enrolled in the online MIMFA program.

MIM 728. Corporate Finance. 3 credits.

A study of capital budgeting concepts and analysis, capital structure issues, cost of capital, dividend policy considerations, and the market for corporate control. Discusses how corporate finance concepts, such as cash flow, liquidity, leverage, cost of capital, and dividends, are used in the valuation process. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 730. Financial Statement Analysis I. 3 credits.

A study of financial accounting procedures and the rules that govern disclosure. Emphasis is placed on basic financial statements and how alternative accounting methods affect those statements, the analysis of financial statement relationships, and the implications of alternative accounting methods for financial analysis and valuation. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 732. Economics of Investment Management. 3 credits.

A study of macroeconomic and microeconomic principles, including the key components of economic activity, macroeconomic theory and policy. Also a study of equity investments, including securities markets, efficient market theory, the analysis of equity risk and return (for industries and companies), and technical analysis. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 734. Equity Analysis. 3 credits.

A study of the concepts and techniques that are basic to the valuation of equity securities. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 736. Fixed Income and Derivatives II. 3 credits.

A study of methods to estimate risk and returns for fixed income instruments, analyze fixed income instruments with unique features, and value fixed income instruments with embedded options. Discusses the valuation of futures, forwards, options, and swaps. P: MSA 722.

MIM 738. Advanced Financial Analysis. 3 credits.

The first part of this course covers financial statement analysis topics including inventories, long-lived assets, intercorporate investments, accounting for pensions and other post-employment benefits, and accounting for multinational operations. These topics are tied into a discussion of the assessment of earnings quality. The second part of the course is an introduction to portfolio management. This includes a study of portfolio concepts, various asset pricing models, security and capital market theory, as well as the practical applications in foreign markets. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents.

MIM 739. Asset Management within a Portfolio Context. 3 credits.

This class addresses the basics of portfolio construction and management. Students will examine the role each of the following play in the portfolio management process: equities, alternative asset classes, fixed income and global bonds. In addition students will examine risk management both in an enterprise context as well as within a portfolio context using futures, forwards, options and swaps. The class wraps up with how all this portfolio performance is presented to the client in the format of the Global Investment Performance Standards. P: MBA 701, MBA 711, MBA 741 or equivalents. Last 12 hours of enrollment in the MIMFA program.

MIM 740. Portfolio Management. 3 credits.

A capstone course designed to enforce student knowledge and understanding of the security analysis and portfolio management process. P: Last semester or last nine hours of enrollment in the MIMFA program.

MIM 766. Graduate Internship. 1-3 credits.

This course is intended to provide graduate-level credit for significant program-related practical experience, coupled with a research component that utilizes the context of this practical experience as its primary vehicle of inquiry. Students must work a minimum of 150 hours for the sponsoring employer during the semester. In addition, the student must complete a research project related to this work, which has been planned and carried out under the direction of a graduate faculty supervisor, with the approval and cooperation of the sponsoring employer. The student’s internship employment and faculty supervision for the research component must be arranged before registration for the course will be allowed. The course is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and only 3 hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. P: IC and approval of the MIMFA Program Director.

MIM 779. Seminar in Investments. 1-3 credits.

Exploration and analysis of selected problems and issues in investments, security analysis and portfolio management. Course content changes each semester as current and sometimes controversial issues within are discussed. This course is repeatable up to nine credits. P: Prerequisites depend on course content.

MIM 795. Independent Study and Research. 1-3 credits.

Advanced study and research in subjects not ordinarily covered by regularly scheduled courses. P: IC and approval of the MIMFA Program Director.