MS in Finance

Master of Science in Finance

STEM Designation Granted for SMU Cox Master of Science in Finance. See more below


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Our goal in the Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) program is to provide you with the skills necessary to differentiate yourself in the financial services marketplace.

The Cox MSF program is an opportunity for those with either non-business or business undergraduate degrees who wish to acquire graduate level skills in order to enhance career prospects in the field of finance. 

Designed to be completed in two semesters, the program can also accommodate professionals who have flexibility in their work schedules and wish to complete the program at a slower pace.

Graduates will be positioned well with the knowledge and skills required by employers for entry-level financial analyst positions along with the upward mobility of a Masters degree.

The Finance Department at the Cox School is proud of its academic excellence in teaching and research and also its close involvement with the professional business community. The department offers an intellectually rigorous, state-of-the-art program of study in finance theory and practice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Examples of courses include International Financial Markets, Hedge Funds and Alternative Asset Management. Our faculty members have trained at the top business schools in the world and bring a plethora of industry and subject-matter knowledge to the classroom experience.

STEM Designation

Beginning in the fall semester of 2018, the Cox MSF program will be STEM-designated. Based on these changes, the Cox MSF program now falls under the fields of study that U.S Department of Homeland Security considers to be science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The U.S. government considers expertise in these fields an important driver of innovation and job creation. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the country is currently facing a shortage of qualified candidates for STEM jobs. As a result, international students completing STEM-designated programs in the U.S. are encouraged to stay after graduation and contribute their knowledge and skill while gaining work experience related to their field of study. 

Students who pursue the Cox MSF program will be eligible to apply for the STEM Optical Practical Training (OPT) Extension through the Department of Homeland Security. This extension allows them to work in the U.S. for an additional 24 months. The standard OPT period is 12 months, which means the STEM extension brings the total length of OPT time such students may be granted to 36 months.

Additional information about the STEM OPT Extension can be found at