Master of Science in Finance Cohort

The Master of Science in Finance Cohort program is a minimum 36 semester credit-hour degree program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The purpose of the program is to develop effective leaders in professional finance by adopting a holistic approach that focuses on knowledge of finance as well as communication and leadership skills. Students in the program will take all the courses together as a cohort.

The program is designed for students with or without a previous educational background in finance. The program is designed so that students are able to complete all the requirements for the degree in 12 months. No prior work experience is required.

Program Highlights

This fast-paced, 12-month program strives to have students accomplish the following objectives:

  • Obtain an MS in Finance degree;
  • Attend lectures by well-established professors, experienced practitioners, and bankers;
  • Adequately train to take the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) examination;
  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities for hands-on assignments, an internship or a capstone project;
  • Develop leadership and communication skills;
  • Exercise their option to apply for and pursue a second Master of Science degree in the second year;
  • Develop lifelong relationships with fellow cohort students; and
  • Participate in additional academic and social activities.

  • Connect with the Director
  • Degree Plan
  • Program Prerequisites
  • Tuition and Program Costs
  • Application

Connect with the Director

Finance is a dynamic field full of exciting opportunities that attracts many talented minds. The UT Dallas Masters of Science in Finance Cohort degree program offers great opportunities for students who aspire to succeed in rapidly evolving global financial markets. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in investment management, financial analysis, financial risk management, management of financial institutions, and more.

The coursework also helps prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Students in the UT Dallas Masters of Science in Finance Cohort program have access to Thomson Reuters Eikon and, S&P Capital IQ financial software and services, and are eligible to receive training and certification in these resources. The program also provides access to Morningstar and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).

Students can participate in the Financial Leadership Association, CFA Institute Research Challenge and the student investment fund. These resources provide skills that professionals need to evaluate strategic decisions in rapidly evolving global financial markets.

The unique features of our program have led to international collaboration with many prestigious universities, such as Harbin Institute of Technology, Nankai University, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin University, and Wuhan University.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Yexiao Xu, PhD Co-Director
MS in Finance Cohort Program
Harold H. Zhang, PhD Co-Director
MS in Finance Cohort Program

Degree Plan

Courses (36 credit hours)

All students enrolling in the UT Dallas Masters of Science in Finance Cohort program must complete the following courses or their equivalents. All courses are currently offered. Please see course descriptions for further prerequisite information.

Program Prerequisites

Students applying for to the Masters of Science in Finance Cohort program should have passed calculus, basic statistics, and should be competent in personal computing. Candidates who have not taken equivalent courses will need to take MATH 5304 to meet the calculus requirement, OPRE 6301 to complete the basic statistics requirement, and BA 3351 to complete the personal computing requirement.

Tuition and Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees are $30,000, and out- of- state tuition and fees are $45,000 for the degree program. In addition, living expenses and health insurance will be borne by the students. For international students, these expenses are set in accordance with the UT Dallas International Student Services Office (ISSO) and State Department guidelines for visa application for international students. Tuition and fees are paid in two installments in the fall and spring semester.

Explanation of Costs

The total program cost includes:

  • Program tuition and registration fees
  • Program activities
  • Internship capstone course
  • Training for communication skills
  • Career coaching


Tuition scholarships are available to high-achieving students.


The deadline is April 30 for foreign applicants and May 31 for domestic applicants.

Application materials include:

  1. Application form (Online) Application for this new MS in Finance program offering will be available and live on November 28.
  2. GMAT (or GRE) and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts, degree certificates and diplomas in sealed envelopes (Note: Applicants from foreign countries should also provide these documents in their own languages.)