Faculty Interview: Finance Professor Nicole Boyson

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In this video, Assistant Professor Boyson talks about the finance courses that are part of the Online Master of Science in Finance program.


My name is Nicole Boyson and I’m a professor of finance, I guess an associate professor of finance. So, I teach fixed income securities online at Northeastern. I’ve been teaching at – I think this is my sixth or seventh year. And the course is really about economics. And so, I try to teach it as kind of a broad overview looking at sort of how fixed income interacts with the broader investment world. So, for example, we spend a lot of time talking about the fed and how the fed works, short-term interest rates, that sort of thing.

So in our online class, we do quite a few different types of assignments. We have kind of the traditional quizzes, exams and that sort of thing, regular homework and do problems. But we also do some case studies that are driven typically. Studies sometimes that I create based on actual real world events. Other case studies that we use from Harberger or other providers of casework.

I’m delighted when my online students send me an email, because I don’t get that face to face connection and so it’s very nice. You need to make sure you’re absolutely committed to it, you’re willing to put in that time. But I will say that most of us that teach in the online program, and we’re all the same guys and girls that teach on ground, we work really hard to translate that material and make it accessible. So, I’ve had comments from students that said this is very time intensive, this was a ton of material, but it was presented clearly and linearly and I had help. And so I was able to work through it, as all schools sort of get more hyberdized, we like to use all this terminology. I mean we’re beginning to offer some of our on ground students the ability to take courses online. Our part-time evening, MBA students, some of their elective courses. And so we obviously feel that the quality and the strength of the program is identical to the on ground experience, in terms of interaction, in terms of kind of access to faculty and the quality of the materials and the education. They’re perfectly equivalent.

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