First semester

Financial Derivatives5Iskra Kalođera Schmiedecke, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Mladen Fruk MA, ZSEM, Croatia
Financial Institutions and Markets5Jurica Vukas, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Denis Alajbeg, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Velimir Šonje, MA, ZSEM, Croatia
International Financial Management5Jurica Vukas, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Mirna Marović, MBA, ZSEM, Croatia
Financial Institutions Risk Management5Andrea Pavlović, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Ivan Šverko, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Financial Law2Jelena Madir, JD, ZSEM, Croatia
Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability3Kristijan Krkač, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Borna Jalšenjak, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Igor Matutinović, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Portfolio Management and Investments9Denis Alajbeg, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia

Second semester

Financial Mathematics 22Igor Jemrić, MSc, ZSEM, Croatia
Introduction into Financial Econometrics2Petra Posedel, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Financial Statement Analysis5Hrvoje Volarević, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Mario Varović, MSc, ZSEM, Croatia,
Zoran Bubaš, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Financial Management9Dario Silić, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia,
Andrej Grubišić, DBA, ZSEM, Croatia,
John A. Helmuth, PhD, University of Michigan-Flint, USA

*ZSEM reserves the right to change the courses and the faculty


Course description


The aim of this course is to acquire basic theoretical knowledge related to financial intermediation through transferable financial instruments, which serves as a basis for understanding modern finance and the problems that arise in this context and which should make rational decisions. Students will, through the development of specific numerical examples, gain a basis for developing an analytical approach to decision making on investments in financial instruments in the context of the adopted mathematical tools and theoretical knowledge about these instruments. Through the acquired knowledge of all basic types of debt instruments and derivatives and their valuation in financial markets, students will gain the ability to understand quantitative aspects of the functioning of modern financial markets and a mathematical foundation for building a business strategy for them.


Financial econometrics is the econometrics applied to time sequence series of variables in financial markets: in particular, value of securities and their return. Most of the available financial data represents a time sequence, and accordingly, financial econometrics is mainly econometrics of time sequences. This subject will provide an overview of the financial dana features, in an attempt to introduce a framework model for this process.


The course is primarily focused on acquiring basic concepts for interpretation of financial reports as a ground for business decision making process at management level. The course emphasizes the valuation of debtor’s instruments and capital, based on internationally adopted standards.


The course is divided into several basic units of crucial importance to financial management such as: basic theoretical concepts of modern finance, valuation and return on investment in securities, portfolio risk securities, valuation of debt and equity options, the theory of capital structure, and analysis of value creation within the company (NPV, IRR, PBP, WACC, EPS …) etc. In modern financial theory this course is dealing with modern analysis of corporate securities in the primary and secondary capital markets and financial strategies. Separate financial focus will be on investing in stocks, investing in bonds and real estate. Using input values such as the spread, rating, solvency, capital cost, yield, maturity, business and financial risk objective of this course is to show how the practice works in Croatia and in foreign capital markets to facilitate student understanding and successfully managing the modern corporate finance.


The course consists of two parts: in the first part students will acquire basic knowledge of the principles of investing, they will analyze the types and characteristics of securities available for investment, and financial markets in which are they traded and investment environment. It will also be considered the valuation of financial instruments and their selection criteria for the investment portfolios of individuals and businesses. The course covers the modern theory of investment as well as traditional approaches to selecting and managing investments. Students will acquire the analytical skills needed to conduct evaluations of shares, debt securities and alternative investments. In the second part the focus is on major topics related to modern portfolio management, from asset allocation strategies to risk management. Their study, students will get the latest information on portfolio management in terms of globalized financial markets. Combining theory with practice, the course will be presented to the entire flow of the portfolio management process – from formulating investment strategy and portfolio composition, and monitoring and adjusting portfolio.


The main objective of this course is to provide students valuable knowledge about the application of legal concepts in national and international business transactions, as well as prepare students for success in a business environment where more and more intertwined influences of different legal systems. Topics of this cours are focused on issues faced by companies operating in the domestic and international markets, and will therefore be of particular interest to students interested in careers of managers in various economic fields including banking, finance and consulting local international company.


This subject is an introduction to the main financial risks faced by banks and other financial institutions. Within this framework, students will learn the role and importance of efficient functioning of risk management in financial institutions.


The course deals with market strategies based on financial derivatives, and different concepts of risk insurance (hedging). The theory that deals with the lectures extensively supported by practical examples from the world of finance, so that students get a detailed insight into the issues and challenges they face every day of the investment company, and meet customer requirements. The very principle of valuation of futures and options requires a mathematical approach, since the basic relations are based on the principle of”the impossibility of the existence of arbitration”(concept of no arbitrage).


This course indicates potential risks and investment opportunities which modern financial managers face in the world of volatile exchange rates, interest rates, and different financial and accounting systems. The course is divided into the following basic units: foreign exchange market, international money and capital markets, liability to interest rate and exchange rate risk, using derivatives in risk management, including options, futures and swaps, and financial innovations on global markets. Additionally, the course deals with historic and current credit crises, including debates on the topic of occurrence, effects and lessons in which the newest research in the field is applied.


This course deals with financial markets, where participants are given asymmetrical information. The main intention is to cover basic concepts, as well as to review current issues within the area of financial markets and institutions. We’ll examine the role of financial intermediaries in the process of resolving information asymmetry on the loan market and in promoting economic growth.


Conceived as a continuation of the undergraduate course, in this course student will gain an ability to identify moral dilemmas in doing business and to formulate and solve these processes in a quicker and transparent way. Certain case studies will be critically evaluated and ethical decisions will be made in a transparent way. The course includes the following topics: ethical systems, ethical decision making in doing business- all in relation to customers, market, environment, procurement and international business. Furthermore, the place and role of a corporation will be analyzed in terms of its position towards culture, religion, tradition, government policy and legislation etc.


At the end of the program, students are expected to write a graduate thesis. We recommend them to focus on research of issues related to banking and finance in the Croatian economy. Research areas can be recommended by sponsoring institutions, which shall directly benefit from the outcome of the thesis, in sense of implementing or improving/realizing certain business areas and project.

What students say about ZSEM?

Vitor Duarte

Professors at ZSEM are great since they resort to several innovative teaching methods, and most of the times I was able to learn from their personal experiences on the market. All of these made me feel very interested in the courses I was taking at the time and made me want to go for further knowledge.

Sid Eshuis

I like best that it's a small school and also the teaching style - during lectures and seminars we work on real case studies. There's not too much theory and everything is very practice oriented, which is very different from my university back home.

Draženko Kopljar

I am a student of the MBA Program in Finance and Banking at ZSEM. The program lasts one year after which a thesis must be written. In comparison to typical studies, its great advantage is interactivness throughout the program, meaning that students are not passive listeners, but they have to participate actively in lectures.

Matea Sokolar

From the beginning I had very high expectations about the MBA program at ZSEM, including both the subject courses and the professors. The thing that I liked the most was the way of teaching, especially from the international professors who encourage each lecture to have discussions and where students are encouraged to give their opinions. I also liked that the professors gave real life examples in class. Another thing that I liked about the program is that in both semesters, there were many international students so I had the opportunity to make friends from all over the world.

Among 5% best business schools in the world

4 Palms of excellence

ZSEM became a leader in educating HR specialists