Lifelong Support

At Cox, you'll earn more than an MSF: You'll build a career path and forge connections that will last a lifetime.

Lifelong Support

At SMU Cox, we take your success personally. From day one through your life as an alum, we help you transform yourself and your career. Count on tailor-made support — from small classes led by top-ranked faculty who take a personal interest in your future, to a hands-on career center and a tight-knit global alumni community that's waiting for you to reach out. We'll open doors to the boardrooms of Dallas, turning this booming city into your testing ground and classroom-at-large.

Faculty: Learn from the Best

We don't just teach business — we're immersed in business. When they’re not educating you in applicable knowledge and skills, your professors are consulting for Fortune 500s, publishing books and research, running their own businesses and serving in government. Small class sizes and a calendar full of events where you can mingle informally mean you’ll be able to build one-on-one relationships with the academics and professionals who are invested in your future.

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Meet the Faculty

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Amar Gande

Associate Professor of Finance

Amar Gande is an award-winning researcher in the areas of corporate and international finance, and finance institutions. He teaches managerial finance to MSF students, bringing both his research and real-world experience to bear — before earning his PdD from NYU Stern, Amar worked in Citibank in the areas of corporate banking and international trade finance, primarily in India.


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Michel Vetsuypens

Professor of Finance

Michel Vetsuypens uses case analyses and other practical tools to help you apply theoretical financial concepts to real business situations. In his research, which appears in leading academic financial journals, he explores leveraged buyouts, executive compensation, initial public offerings, venture capital financing and liquidity issues. Dr. Vetsuypens has won several awards for outstanding teaching and service.

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William Maxwell

Professor of Finance

A finance expert and award-winning teacher, William Maxwell has created a unique specialization at Cox: alternative asset management. An accomplished researcher, he's written two books, been published in numerous journals and had his work noted in major media outlets. William also holds the Mary Jo Vaughn Rauscher Chair in Financial Investments at Cox, and directs the school's Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies and EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center.

The SMU Cox Master's of Science in Finance expands well beyond your one year of time here. Instead, you'll be able to tap into our network, our career resource offerings, and so much more. Forge forward with the tools in your toolkit.

Create Your Career Path: The Career Management Center

As your world expands through Cox, the CMC goes to work for you. The staff's main purpose is to give you the advice and resources you'll need to pursue and build your ideal career — before, during and after your MSF studies. Take advantage of a range of services, including the Associate Board Mentoring Program. Through the Associate Board, Cox’s executive mentoring program, you’ll gain real-world insights and connections in your area of interest.

The career services seminar has sessions throughout the MSF program, beginning with an orientation to career development in finance. It contains a wide range of activities from resume writing to interview skills to positioning for CFA, CFP and licensing certifications. MSF students, have access to an active board of job postings from investment banks, financial institutions and multinational companies. SMU hosts an annual career fair, held every spring, which brings to campus many employers eager to meet graduating students from all of our programs.

Recent Hiring Companies

MSF students were recently hired by the following companies:

  • AEW Capital Management
  • American Airlines
  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • AustinCSI*
  • Bessemer Trust
  • Bloomberg
  • Capital One
  • Challenger Group
  • Comerica
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank*
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FedEx
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Graycourt Capital*
  • Guotai Junan
  • Injury Management Organization*
  • Interstate Batteries
  • JP Morgan
  • Kaufman Rossin
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Match Point (2)*
  • PwC (2)
  • Regions Bank
  • Sabre Holdings
  • Southwest Bank
  • Steria Consulting
  • Stout Risius Ross
  • VMG Health
  • Vobile

*Denotes post-graduate internships

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Grow as a Leader

You can't learn leadership from a textbook — you need firsthand experience. That’s why the Cox Business Leadership Center develops your leadership abilities through a variety of programming that will broaden your horizons and hone your skills. The BLC offers you a chance to engage your studies in real-world application and readies you for the road ahead.

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Highlight: Business Leadership Center Seminars

Cox's Business Leadership Center seminars brings leadership lessons to life with fresh insights from industry heavy-hitters. You can attend an average of four weekly BLC seminars, each developed and led by pros from such companies as Accenture, Dell Services, Walt Disney Company, Texas Instruments and Xerox. From personal branding to conflict management, these practical, hands-on seminars connect the classroom and the boardroom. BLC seminars appear on your Cox MSF transcript — where potential employers can see the extra miles you’ve covered.

Learn more about the BLC seminars