The economic landscape is changing at warp speed.

To stay ahead of the curve you'll need the latest research and techniques - plus experience applying them. The finance department's state-of-the art programs are designed for the future. Taught by a superstar faculty and top practitioners, our courses offer a deep foundation in finance theory and practice. Our holistic approach allows students to graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective financial and business professionals.



Program Spotlight: The Cox MSF

"If you give us one year of your time and best effort, we are confident that we'll be able to help you achieve your career goals." Mukunthan Santhanakrishnan Clinical Professor of Finance, Associate Director, MSF Program

Degrees and Programs

MBA Concentrations and Minors

Master of Science in Finance

BBA -  Major in Finance

SMU Cox Ranks 23rd For Investment Banking

At SMU Cox, students gain a rigorous knowledge that prepares them for analyst careers in investment banking. In fact, Peak Frameworks recently ranked 30 top universities as target schools for investment banking career-seekers. SMU Cox was 23rd on that list. See the full article here.

SMU Cox Graduates Earning Potential

The U.S. Department of Education's latest College Scorecard shows that Finance students coming out of SMU gain the highest median salary in Texas and the 3rd highest median salary in the country. See the full report here.


Affiliated Research Centers

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Don Jackson Center For Financial Studies

The center's main goal is to connect students with professors and industry professionals in ways that create energy and deepen integrity. It was named for an inspirational Cox professor by former student David Miller, MBA '13, who went on to become managing director of EnCap Investments.

See what's happening at the Financial Studies Center

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Maguire Energy Institute & Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program

The Maguire Energy Institute and Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program promote the study of policy, marketing and management issues related to oil, natural gas, electricity and renewables.

See what's happening at the Maguire Energy Institute

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Encap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center

Each year, a select group of smart, highly-motivated juniors make it into this center's training program. Students get a hands-on foundation in investment banking and hedge fund investing strategies, and connect with industry pros through events and internships.

See what's happening at the AAMC


Kitt Investing And Trading Center

The Kitt Center is where Cox students get hands-on experience of the trading floor. With its bank of dual-display Bloomberg Professional terminals and workstations, it's designed to integrate financial data and technology into the finance curriculum and boost innovative research.

See what's happening at the Trading Center

Recent Research Insights

At the SMU Cox School of Business, our faculty are leading scholars in finance, publishing cutting-edge research in financial market design, corporate governance, tax policy, asset pricing, mergers and acquisitions, institutional investors and many other areas.

Selected Finance Faculty Publications >

See Cox Finance Faculty Publications on SSRN >

Seminar Series







John Graham

Duke University

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Elena Loutskina

University of Virginia

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Hao Jiang

Michigan State University

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Lauren Cohen

Harvard University

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Nagpurnanand Prabhala

Johns Hopkins University

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Tony Cookson

University of Colorado - Boulder

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Paige Ouimet

University of North Carolina

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Raghuram Rajan

University of Chicago

10:30 am - 12:00 pm



Understanding finance is essential for making business decisions and increasingly important as global competitiveness rises.

In addition to their excellence in the classroom and in the field, Cox faculty participate in national and international conferences, collaborate with scholars across the globe, and inform policy debates on topics such as market design and corporate governance.

Featured Faculty

James Linck

Distinguished Chair in Finance

Professor of Finance

Department Chair

Which qualifications matter when it comes to a board of directors? To what extent do public firms' managers listen to the market in making major corporate investments? James Linck, finance department chair and distinguished chair in finance, has been asking tough questions and challenging perceived knowledge throughout his 20 years of research on corporate finance, governance and control.

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Darius Miller

Caruth Chair of Financial Management

Professor in Finance

Darius Miller has a passion that's contagious. The focus of his passion — and his award-winning research — is international finance. The Caruth Chair in Finance, he has published widely in the leading journals, contributing papers on financial market regulation, corporate governance and financial disclosure.

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Stacey Jacobsen

Fabacher Endowed Professor of Alternative Asset Management

Associate Professor

Professor Jacobsen's research, continued alongside her teaching, lies in the areas of empirical corporate finance and market microstructure. her work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and Review of Finance. As well, she's been featured in the New York Times and Financial Times.