Master of Science in Finance

  • Overview

    A Cox School MSF goes beyond the financial basics. Through this unique curriculum, you'll gain an edge in the marketplace by developing knowledge and skills in four areas of competency:

    • Alternative assets (a specialized course in hedge funds is also available).
    • Energy finance (you can add courses in energy risk management and energy project management).
    • Real-time markets and trading.
    • Investment portfolios.

    Along with rigorous classroom learning that includes MBA-level courses, you'll also gain real-world skills through hands-on experiences. And if you're planning to sit for the CFA Level 1, our CFA review course will prepare you.

  • Curriculum

    The Cox MSF is designed to provide students with a broad and intensive education in the finance field. Its focus is to provide specialized skills that enhance finance based employment prospects. Graduates will be positioned well with the knowledge and skills required by employers for entry-level financial analyst positions.

    To distinguish the Cox MSF from other programs offered by top graduate business schools, we have built the program around four areas of unique competency: 

    • Alternative Assets
    • Energy Finance
    • Real-time Markets and Trading
    • Investment Portfolios

    Additionally, SMU Cox offers a specialized course in hedge funds, which is aligned with our Alternative Assets Management Center, and specialized courses in energy risk management and energy project management, which connects with our Maguire Energy Institute. SMU Cox also utilizes the Kitt Trading Center in several courses including a course on markets and trading. The Kitt Trading Center is built around on-line and real-time trading and financial information processing. Finally, we connect some of our class applications to the management of the Cox and Underwood student-managed investment portfolios, which are real-time investment portfolios managed by Cox students.

    The 30-hour SMU Cox MSF Program is taken on a full-time basis over four modules (two semesters) or a part-time basis over eight modules (four semesters). All SMU Cox graduate classes are offered in eight-week modules (half-semesters) with each class receiving two credit-hours. Each semester has two modules, Module A and Module B. The ideal applicant to our program will be familiar with the basic introductory subjects covered in finance, accounting, economics and statistics at the undergraduate level, but we also host a Summer Boot Camp that provides familiarity in these subjects before starting in the Fall. Ambitious students may also be able to make up deficiencies while in the program.

    MS in Finance Program (Full-Time)
    Cox School of Business
    30 Credit Hours
     
    Fall Term - 16 Hours
    Module A Courses
    Financial Accounting I
    Managerial Statistics
    Finance Theory and Practice
    Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing
     
    Module B Courses
    Financial Accounting II
    Valuation and Analysis
    Financial Modeling                                                                       
    Derivatives                                                                                                                                            Managing Your Career
     
    Spring Term - 14 Hours
    Module A Courses
    Fixed Income Securities
    Quantitative Trading Strategies
    Energy Project Valuation and Finance
    Choose One:
       Financial Reporting and Analysis
       Real Estate Investment                                                                                                                       Financial Statement Analysis 
     
    Module B Courses
    Corporate Financial Policies
    International Finance
    Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
     
    Credit Hours in Full-Time MS in Finance Program Summary
                                       
    16 credit hours in Fall term
    14 credit hours in Spring term
    30 credit hours total for Cox MSF Degree

    MS in Finance Program (Part-Time)
    Cox School of Business 
    30 Credit Hours
     
    First Year
     

    Fall Term - 8 Hours

    Spring Term - 8 Hours
    Module A Courses Module A Courses
    Financial Accounting I
    Finance Theory and Practice
    Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing
    Choose One:
       
    Financial Reporting and Analysis
       Real Estate Investment                                         Financial Statement Analysis 
       
    Module B Courses Module B Courses
    Financial Accounting II
    Financial Modeling

    Corporate Financial Policies
    Financial Markets and Monetary Policy

       
    Second Year
     
    Fall Term - 8 Hours Spring Term - 6 Hours
    Module A Courses Module A Courses
    Managerial Statistics                                            Quantitative Trading Strategies     
    Energy Project Valuation and Finance
    Fixed Income Securities
       
    Module B Courses Module B Courses
    Valuation and Analysis
    Derivatives
    International Finance
       
    Credit Hours in Part-Time MS in Finance Program Summary

    16 credit hours in First Year
    14  credit hours in Second Year
    30 credit hours total for Cox MSF Degree

  • Online Summer Boot Camp

    Maybe you have a passion for finance, but need to shore up your skills before taking on the rigors of the MSF. The SMU Cox online summer Boot Camp IS designed to prepare you. By the time school starts, you'll you’ll have a working knowledge of compound interest, discounted cash flow and financial statements. The Cox MSF Boot Camp unfolds in three phases:

    1. MBA Math. Cover core business subjects such as accounting, finance, statistics, economics and Microsoft Excel.

    2. Online Self-Study Guide. Authored by Cox faculty, this self-paced workbook offers a solid primer on basic financial concepts.

    3. MyFinanceLab Homework Exercises. Cox faculty monitor your progress as you complete at-home assignments. The goal: Hit the ground running in your first on-campus finance class.

  • Beyond the Classroom

    The best way to gain leadership experience and confidence is by connecting with people in leadership positions and immersing yourself in real world business environments. At SMU Cox, we bring opportunities for hands-on experience to life outside the typical classroom setting, tapping our strong ties with business leaders in Dallas and beyond. Among your experiential learning opportunities at SMU Cox:

    • Applied leadership opportunities include the Nonprofit Consulting Program, which gives you the option to join a team of peers in addressing the challenges of a local not-for-profit organization.
    • The Practicum in Portfolio Management course allows a select group of MBA and MSF students to manage the $6 million Nancy Chambers Underwood Graduate Fund, one of the oldest student-managed portfolios in the country. It's a chance to practice major aspects of fund management, including client interface, asset allocation, individual security selection and performance evaluation.

  • Highlight: The Kitt Investment and Trading Center

    Kitt Investing Trading Center

    Get hands-on experience with industry-standard data feeds and financial software, along with an LED stock ticker, three video walls, 24 high-end work stations and 10 Bloomberg Professional terminals in this state-of-the art simulated trading room. You'll have a chance to get this unique hands-on experience as part of several MS courses.

    Learn what you can do at the Kitt Center