Master of Science in Finance

Go Beyond Finance in This STEM-Designated Program

With an MS in Finance from SMU Cox, you’ll be ready to push ahead in a finance career whether or not you have a undergraduate business degree. This STEM-designated program — a hot ticket for employers — covers everything from financial accounting and statistics to international markets and monetary policy. Get real-world experience in our simulated trading center, complete with Bloomberg terminals, and make professional connections that will last a lifetime. At Cox, you’ll study with professors who don’t just teach — they’re driving the Dallas business boom. That's just one reason the Financial Times ranked SMU Cox No. 10 in finance.

  • Full-time or part-time evening options.
  • Summer Boot Camps to prepare students from all backgrounds
  • CFA preparation course.
Every aspect of the program was instrumental in landing my current position and preparing me for success. The career center and faculty are always available to answer questions and help expand your professional network, as a student or alumni.

Cody Conoly

Corporate Development Transaction Services, M&A at Accenture, MSF 2016

By the Numbers: The Cox MSF Class of 2019

  • Class Size

    69
  • Average Age

    23
  • % Women

    36%
  • % U.S. Minority

    32%
  • Average GPA

    3.4
  • Average GMAT

    670
  • GMAT Mid 80% Range

    640-710
  • Average GRE

    314
  • GRE Mid 80% Range

    307-321
  • % International

    17%
  • Number of Countries Represented

    8
  • Number of Undergrad Institutions Represented

    33

After Cox: Success Stories

  • Romina Meuti, MSF 2013

    Transfer Pricing Director, PwC

    “The Cox network provides excellent opportunities for students and alumni to stay in touch with important business players and to connect with the business world in Dallas.”

    With a Cox BBA under her belt, Romina Meuti had already launched an international tax consulting career that took her from Dallas to Barcelona and on to Ecuador. But along the way, she realized that her real passion was finance. She returned to Cox to earn her MSF and make the career shift she sought. Finance degree in hand, she's now risen to the director level at consulting giant PwC.

  • Thomas Austin, MSF 2013

    Vice president, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    How does a liberal arts major pivot to finance? Thomas Austin prepared himself for his MSF studies at the Cox School with the program's Summer Boot Camp, which gave him a grounding in the basics and prepared him for the rigorous MFA curriculum. After mastering the ideas, tools and principles of finance at Cox, he moved into a business analyst role at Deutsche Bank Securities, and then on to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Thomas is now a vice president in the bank's real estate structured finance division.

  • Miaoyu Han, MSF 2016

    American Airlines

    From: Jinan, China

    Undergraduate: Portland State University

     “After one year in an investment bank in China, I realized that a bachelor’s degree in finance was not enough and that the finance industry in China was evolving quickly. I decided to go back to school at SMU Cox for an advanced education in finance. I knew this would help me achieve my long-term goal which is to set up a fund to help children in need from China.”