The Master of Trust and Wealth Management is a 39 credit hour program consisting of 13 courses.
Master of Trust and Wealth Management Required Curriculum
An integrative analysis of the financial planning process, including risk and investment management, as well as tax, retirement, and estate planning. Special focus on cutting-edge planning techniques for individuals, culminating in a detailed research project.
A study of security analysis, with an emphasis on fundamental analysis of equities and bonds. Specific topics include market efficiency and anomalies, security valuation, asset pricing models, equity and bond fundamentals, and the use of futures and options markets. Team project involving the analysis of an actual common stock is required.
A study of portfolio management, with an emphasis on customizing asset allocation strategies and tactics for individual and institutional investors. Modern Portfolio Theory is introduced and applied. Topics also include bond management strategies, portfolio performance evaluation, international diversification, and the assessment of alternative investments. Team project involving the development of an investment plan and then the management of an associated investment portfolio is required.
A study of the principles and rationale of the federal income tax laws and their impact on complex tax situations. There will be an emphasis on advanced strategies to minimize the impact of federal income taxes.
A comprehensive study of the duties and liabilities of a trustee with special focus on current trends by the judiciary to adapt to the current environment. The remedies to those harmed by fiduciary breaches will be presented in case study format.
A study of the principles and rationale of federal estate tax law as it continues to evolve in the 21st century. Emphasis on cutting-edge techniques to minimize the impact of the law, while maintaining flexibility to deal with future anticipated changes in the law.
A study of the principles and rationale of federal gift, generation-skipping, and fiduciary income tax laws and their impact on the wealth-transfer process. A focus on cutting-edge techniques to minimize the laws’ impact on efficient wealth-transfer strategies will be presented in case study format.
A comprehensive analysis of the risk management process and its impact on the individual, business, and the economy in the 21st century. Case studies on current trends in risk management will be presented in class.
A study of effective sales strategies in the current Wealth Management environment. The interdisciplinary approach reviews current product and service offerings across the wealth management spectrum and addresses the sales techniques appropriate for each product and service. The study includes sales cycle dynamics and managing the referral network and prospect pipeline.
An advanced analysis of E.R.I.S.A. and its impact on various types of retirement plan offerings. A detailed focus on current trends and employer-liability issues will be emphasized using current real-life scenarios as case studies.
An advanced inter-disciplinary study of the use, conservation, and efficient transfer of wealth. Areas of emphasis include the law of property, wills, trusts, insurance, and taxation. Group case problems require analysis of complex scenarios and development of an appropriate estate plan.
An advanced examination of the appropriate techniques to facilitate wealth transfer through estate and trust administration. Complex case problems examine the risks of fiduciary administration as well as techniques required to fulfill legal requirements of probate proceedings.
A comprehensive analysis of the legal and regulatory environment facing the Wealth Management industry. Compliance considerations include; Regulation 9; Sarbanes/Oxley; OFAC; the Privacy Act; and other due diligence issues. Legal and Regulatory matters include the Uniform Trust Code, the Prudent Investor Act, the Uniform Principal and Income Act and their implications for fiduciary administration.