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Financial Markets Minor

Finance & Management Information Sciences
Labovitz School of Business and Economics
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
LSBE candidates or economics majors may wish to apply for the financial markets minor program, an intensive academic and experiential preparation for careers in the financial services industry. Students interested in this program are strongly encouraged to meet with the Financial Markets Program Director.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 3 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to the minor is based on the same GPA requirements as admission to candidacy for LSBE baccalaureate degrees.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Required pre-requisites (9 cr)
Students are admitted into the minor program after successful completion of the prerequisite courses and selection from the individual interview process.
FMIS 3601 - Corporate Finance (3.0 cr)
FMIS 3619 - Analysis of Financial Statements (3.0 cr)
FMIS 3644 - Investment Fundamentals (3.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Required Courses (9 cr)
Take 3 courses totaling exactly 9 credits.
FMIS 4616 - Security Analysis (3.0 cr)
FMIS 4620 - Portfolio Theory and Analysis (3.0 cr)
FMIS 4624 - Applied Portfolio Management (3.0 cr)
 
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FMIS 3601 - Corporate Finance
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Prerequisites: LSBE candidate or approved non-LSBE business administration minor or approved Finance minor or college consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
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FMIS 3619 - Analysis of Financial Statements
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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FMIS 3644 - Investment Fundamentals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3601, LSBE candidate or approved finance minor or college consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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FMIS 4616 - Security Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
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FMIS 4620 - Portfolio Theory and Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01375 - FMIS 4620/ FMIS 4611
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Portfolio management in a modern portfolio theory (MPT) framework. Risk measurements, risk-return relationships, and portfolio models are developed. Topics include Markowitz portfolio theory, risk-return models, bond portfolio management, evaluating portfolio performance, and outperforming the market. prereq: Financial Markets major or minor; no grad credit
FMIS 4624 - Applied Portfolio Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
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