Master of Science in Finance at SMU Cox

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.

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With a Master’s of Science in Finance (MSF) from SMU Cox, you’ll be ready to push ahead in a finance career. This STEM and OPT-certified program 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.

The MSF is a thirty-two-credit hours degree with Full-Time and Part-Time attendance options. The Full-Time program can be completed in nine months across two semesters (four, eight-week Modules). The Part-Time program can be completed in eighteen months across four semesters (eight, eight-week Modules).

  • All courses are taught on campus.
  • Candidates come from a variety of backgrounds including degrees in business and marketing. Online summer Boot Camps prepare students from all backgrounds. All degrees are welcome to apply.
  • Includes CFA preparation course.
Cody Connely

Every aspect of the program was instrumental in landing my first position and preparing me for success.

"The faculty are always available to answer questions and help expand your network."

Cody Conoly
Mergers & Acquisition Manger at Accenture

The Cox MSF Class of 2024

  • 75

    Class Size

  • 3.42

    Average GPA

  • 30%

    Percent of Underrepresented Minorities

  • 315

    Average GRE (total)

  • 19%


  • 12

    Number of Countries Represented

Find Your Student Club

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Cox Graduate Finance Club

If you’re interested in an investment-related career or corporate finance, this club is for you. Along with students from other MS and MBA programs, you'll get chances to network when you attend speaker panels, visit Dallas firms, join pitch competitions and mix it up at happy hours and crawfish boils.

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Operations and Analytics

Turn data into a into a decision-making tool that’s moving business in bold new directions. Go beyond the “analytics” buzzword to gain strategic skills that every future business leader needs. Join Cox faculty, our vast alumni network and other professionals as you navigate this fascinating, fast-moving field.

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Women in Business

One of SMU Cox's largest student organizations, Women in Business helps launch you into a meaningful career as a business leader. You'll find opportunities for mentorship and networking with high-powered women from industries across Dallas, as well as a calendar full of events, from lunch-and-learns with guest speakers to seminars and get-togethers. The club's relationship with the Forté Foundation means you automatically benefit from membership in the national organization.

After Cox: Success Stories

 Romina Meuti, MSF 2013

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

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.”