New Financial Economics Concentration Coming to MGA

The School of Business is pleased to announce a new concentration of study starting Fall semester 2020. The new concentration will be in the area of Finance Economics. The objective of the new area of study is to provide our students with a strong foundation of core economic concepts and quantitative methods, along with course work in both corporate and personal finance. In this concentration, students will be introduced to applied analytical tools of finance and economics that are fundamental for financial decision making and serve as the basis for many areas of economic growth in middle Georgia and beyond.

The new Financial Economics concentration includes THREE new courses:

FINA 3120 – Advanced Corporate Finance. In this class, students will gain deep understanding of a broad range of topics concerning financial decision-making areas for modern corporation and some selected topics in financial theory.

FINA 4120 – Investments. This course is designed to serve investors who are (or will be) actively developing and monitoring their own investment portfolios.

ECON 4110 – Applied Data Analysis. This class is an overview of quantitative and qualitative data analysis.  Special emphasis is placed on thinking statistically, evaluating assumptions, and developing practical skills for real-life applications in business.

Steve Morse, Dean of the School of Business commented that the new Financial Economics area of study will serve to prepare graduates to be “Business Ready” and provide a tool kit of skills in the analysis of financial and economic decisions impacting growing industries in the Middle Georgia economy and beyond.

Alhaj-Yaseen, Associate Professor in the School of Business added that the new Financial Economics concentration will add an element of advanced applied financial data analysis many employers are seeking.

The field of financial economics offers a broad and varied range of employment opportunities. For example:

  • Real estate developers
  • Treasurers and controllers
  • Financial managers
  • Budget, credit and financial analysts
  • Personal finance advisors
  • Loan officers
  • Risk management specialists
  • Investment underwriters
  • Fraud investigators

For more information about our new Financial Economics concentration, please contact Dr. Yaseen S. Alhaj-Yaseen at (478) 471-5718.