Master of Science in Finance Flex


The Master of Science in Finance (MS FIN) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management that provides students with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed by finance professionals. Students learn the quantitative skills required to analyze financial information, make financial decisions and valuations, select and analyze portfolios and manage risk. MS Finance students also gain proficiency in spreadsheets, databases and other technological skills needed to evaluate financial data.

MS in Finance To apply for the finance degree program, an undergraduate degrees is required (all majors are considered).

Concentrations

The program offers several concentrations, however many students select the Financial Management option, which provides a generalist approach to the degree while allowing flexibility to tailor the program to their needs.

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  • Degree Plan
  • Student Profile & Statistics
  • Student Testimonials
  • Peer to Peer Mentoring
  • Student Involvement

The MS Finance degree offers a number of resources to enhance the learning experience. We have a Finance Trading Lab where you can get trained and certified using the Bloomberg terminals. The lab also has access to a number of databases, including Thomson Reuters Eikon, S&P Capital IQ, SDC Platinum, Morningstar Direct and Wharton Research Data Services. You can apply your knowledge to real world scenarios by participating in local and national case competitions, such as the CFA® Institute Research Challenge, and by participating in the UT Dallas Student Investment Corporation, a global investment fund for MS FIN graduates. There are numerous guest speakers and activities hosted by student organizations, including the Financial Leadership Association, as well as the Career Management Center. These resources allow you to improve your quantitative and qualitative skills in making strategic financial decisions.

For more information on the MS Finance program and the exciting opportunities at UT Dallas, please browse the website. You will find information on the degree plan and student involvement as well as careers and certifications for finance professionals. For admissions related questions, please contact .

Carolyn Reichert, PhD Director, MS Finance Program
Lynn Hankins Finance Program Coordinator

Program Prerequisites

Calculus and basic statistics are required as prerequisites for the finance major. Candidates who have not taken equivalent courses will need to take OPRE 6303 to meet the calculus requirement and OPRE 6301 to complete the basic statistics requirement (degree credit is not earned for program prerequisites and all grades earned in graduate courses impact a student’s cumulative GPA).

Basic Core Courses (18 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following basic business core courses. Students may also apply for a waiver of a core course if they have exceptional academic preparation, but a higher level course must be substituted.

Concentrations

Financial Analyst – 18 semester credit hours

For students interested in corporate finance, investment banking, venture capital and private equity.

Enterprise Risk Management – 18 semester credit hours

For students interested in careers in banking or other financial institutions.

  • ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management
  • FIN 6342 Insurance and Risk Management
  • FIN 6352 Financial Modeling
  • FIN 6368 Financial Information and Analysis
  • FIN 6381 Introductory Mathematical Finance
  • FIN 6382 Numerical and Statistical Methods in Finance
  • FIN 6385 Enterprise Risk Management**Highly recommended for concentration
  • FIN 6390 Futures and Options Trading
  • FIN 6391 Risk Accounting
  • FIN 6V98 Finance Internship
  • MECO 6312 Applied Econometrics and Times Series Analysis
  • MIS 6319 Enterprise Resource Planning
  • MIS 6330 Information Technology Security
  • OPRE 6335 Risk and Decision Analysis

Corporate Finance/Investment Banking – 18 semester credit hours

Real Estate Finance – 18 semester credit hours

For students interested in careers in the real estate industry, property management and real estate investment analysis.

Financial Risk Management – 18 semester credit hours

For students with the quantitative ability to pursue a career applying quantitative methods to risk management problems.

Energy Risk Management – 18 semester credit hours

Financial Management – 18 semester credit hours

Complete 18 semester credit hours from the course selections listed below. At least 9 credit hours must come from the Finance area and have a FIN prefix.

Other Area Classes (Category A):
Note: Either MECO 6312 or ECON 6306 can be counted, as they are substitutes. Similarly, either OPRE 7310 or ECON 6311 can be counted, as they are substitutes.

Finance Area Classes (Category B):

Download MS Finance Degree Plan Summer 2016 and Earlier

Download MS Finance Degree Plan

Spring 2016 MS Finance Student Profile

Class Statistics Percentage or Number
Students in Program 384
Gender Male: 59%, Female: 41%
Average Age 25
Average GMAT* 620
Average GPA 3.30
Country of Origin China: 66%, USA: 20%, Taiwan: 7%, Other: 7%

*GRE accepted as well.

Peter Bellino

Peter Bellino

Allen, TX – Class of Fall 2015

“After growing up nearby, I chose UT Dallas due to the reputation of being more technical- and research-focused institution. The Master of Science in Finance program within the Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas was challenging, yet very rewarding due to the quantitative focus that my studies followed, integrating the science of finance and statistics with the technology required to model and analyze financial data to enable more accurate forecasting.

“The administration and faculty were eager to provide students with opportunities for growth, both academically and professionally. Numerous on-campus organizations, like the Financial Leadership Association and the Real Estate Club, were invaluable for networking and meeting like-minded professionals dedicated to asset management and corporate finance. Additionally, sponsored competitions related to equity and derivatives trading, corporate turnaround management, security analysis, and financial modeling reinforced the skills required to be successful in my post-graduate career. With a diverse mix of students, perspectives from across the globe helped to influence my studies. I found my classmates to be competitive, yet willing to collaborate in order to deliver a superior-quality project or presentation.

“From this program, I take with me an expanded knowledge and renewed passion for finance, a network of friends and colleagues that traverses the globe, and the ability to better understand the impact that capital and investments have in economies around the world, all while staying engaged in the community in which I grew up in.”

Peter, who graduated with an MBA and MS in Finance in December 2015 grew up in nearby Allen, Texas and is currently working in the risk management industry.

Monty Hsu

Chun-Pin “Monty” Hsu

Taipei, Taiwan – Class of Spring 2015

“MSF Program at UT Dallas provides students with flexible curriculum to fit our special needs. I was able to leverage this advantage to complete multiple certificate exams, internships and a master degree within two years. A wide range of finance courses with six in-depth concentrations allowed me to develop necessary skills and knowledge in the real world. Professors and faculties care students, listen to our needs, and give customized and professional advice for career planning. Finance Leadership Association holds speaker events, panels, and workshops twice a week to allow members to get access to strong professionals and alumni network in finance. You wouldn’t be surprised if celebrities sharing their thoughts on campus, such as Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks’ Owner. As one of the most competitive programs in Dallas, one of the fastest growing areas nationwide, I strongly recommend UTD Finance program”.

Monty Hsu (MS Finance, Class of 2015) works as a Financial Analyst in Mercer Capital, where he provides valuation advisory services for depository institutions, transactions, tax purposes, litigation support, and financial reporting.

Monty Hsu

Zhouli “Pye” Yuan,CAIA

Zhoushan, China – Class of Spring 2014

“I feel honor and fortune to join UT Dallas MS Finance program, which equipped me with both knowledge and other soft skills for real world challenge and career. MS Finance program at UT Dallas offers great choices of tracks and courses. It cover most sectors in current financial industry such as real estate investing, private equity investing and corporate finance management. One track even helps students to prepare for CFA certification exam. Faculties are professional and passionate to share knowledge and career advices with students.

“Financial Leadership Association is also a valuable asset to student in MS Finance program. The organization organizes speaker events, panels, real case competitions and field trip to help students connecting to professionals in the industry. The competitions help students to apply what they learn from class to the real case and is judged by professionals in its industry.

“Upon my graduation, I feel well prepared for my career and I highly recommend MS Finance at UT Dallas to anyone who desire a career in finance.”

Pye Yuan, CAIA (MS Finance, Class of 2014) works as an Investment Analyst in Boy Scouts of American Asset Management, LLC, where he manages and monitor 2 billion assets for defined benefit plan, defined contribution plan, endowment, general liability insurance program and employee welfare benefit plan.

Peer to peer mentoring is a student directed mentoring program for our MS Finance program. Mentors are students who are more experienced, who “know the ropes” across campus and who are in a position to guide, advise and assist less experienced student mentees who are newer to UTD. Mentees look to mentors to provide advice on academic issues related to their major, advice on student life issues, student organizations and activities.

For the mentee, mentors serve as a trusted advisor and a confidant. Mentees are any student who is new to UTD. If you are interested in contacting one of our mentors, please email mentorMSF@utdallas.edu and a mentor will contact you directly. Please include your name, NET ID, preferred contact method, which mentor you would like to contact you and what type of assistance you need.

Jailaxmi - India

Jailaxmi – India

Chennai, India – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Bachelor in Accounting & Finance
Areas of interest: Valuation Methods, Financial Modeling, Excel spreadsheet skills, Accounting
Hobbies: Listen to music, read all sorts of books, dabble a little in writing, traveling

I am an MS Finance student in my graduating semester and an officer of the Financial Leadership Association. I am passionate about finance and would like to guide students who know they want to be in Finance but seek direction. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Kamiar - USA

Kamiar – USA

Dallas, Texas – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: BSc dual degree in Economics and Political Science from Texas A&M University
Areas of interest: Microfinance, Energy Economics/Finance, Risk, Econometrics, Development, Financial Modeling, Business Analytics
Hobbies: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Data Analytics, International Affairs, International Development, History

I graduated from Texas A&M University, worked in oil and gas software (ERM) systems in Oklahoma, and now a full-time student at UT Dallas. I currently serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and Graduate Finance Tutor, along with the role of President/Founder of Leap | UT Dallas Microfinance Initiative. In addition, with the help and guidance of A&M and UT Dallas faculty, I have had the privilege of running my own nonprofit, Policentric, using social data and data analytics for enhanced civic engagement.

Coming to UT Dallas was the best choice, and I’ll tell you why. When I weighed my options of picking top Finance programs in the country, a few things came to mind: a) cost b) faculty c) reputation d) resources and amenities e) post-graduate connections – all of which led me to my decision to come here. I wanted to enhance my financial understanding and develop the capability to integrate financial risk knowledge with analytics. I intend to graduate with value-added skills and industry knowledge in order to make sound and logical decisions in the future, while being cognizant of risk. Lastly, I believe Finance, and business in general, embodies many qualitative components that involve people-to-people interaction. I found myself learning valuable insights from UT Dallas faculty regarding industry know-how, dos & don’ts, and what motivates people to work together for, and towards, a common cause.

Runyu - India

Runyu – China

Hefei, China – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Finance
Areas of interest: Financial Analysis, Risk Management
Hobbies: Chinese traditional music and literature

I’ve been studying finance for more than 5 years since undergraduate. I spent one year and eight months here in UT Dallas. Financial valuation and risk management are my academic interests and they are my potential careers. I’m willing to share my academic and living experience here at UT Dallas!

Weilin (Cillian) - China

Weilin (Cillian) – China

Kunming, China – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: Equity Research
Hobbies: Sports, Video making, reading

I was an engineering student in a top 16 Chinese university. I was a national athlete. I was a backpacker. Now, I am a full time student. Finance is what I love and is what I will not grow tired of. Financial modeling and analysis are my interests. If you are serious with finance, please feel free to contact me.

Dongye - Taiwan

Dongye (Shayne) – China

Panjin City, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Credit Management
Areas of interest: Finance, philosophy, psychology, mathematics and history.
Hobbies: Swimming, reading, watching movies, basketball

My undergraduate major is one of the top three in China. The aim of the major is to provide talent reserve for China’s own credit rating industry. I have a strong interest in risk management and industry statistics. I attended the business idea competition the first semester and made the semi-finals. I would like to share the ideas about finance with people who are interested.


Skye - USA

Skye – USA

Overland Park, KS – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate and Other Graduate Degrees: B. S. in Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University a Galveston; J. D., Washburn Law School; MBA, UT Dallas
Areas of interest: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Analytics, Real Estate Finance, Financial Modeling
Hobbies: Scuba diving, reading, photography

Finance is my second career. Prior to beginning classes at UT Dallas, I practiced oil and gas law for 6 years. In December 2014, I graduated from UT Dallas full-time Cohort MBA program. After graduating from the full-time Cohort MBA program, I’ve been working full time in a finance role, and taking classes part time in the MS Finance program.

I’m studying finance because I enjoy the challenge of the material. UT Dallas has been a great place for me to learn new skills and get involved in numerous case competitions, clubs, and projects. My advice for new students at UT Dallas is to explore your interests and take advantage of all of the opportunities to get involved while you’re here. If you have questions about the school or the MSF program, please feel free to contact me.

Junyi - USA

Junyi – China

Dongguan, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Finance
Areas of interest: Equity Research and Trading
Hobbies: Swimming, Basketball and Outdoors

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Finance and am still a Finance graduate student in UT Dallas. During my life in UT Dallas, I knew how to research equities as a financial analyst from Financial Management Courses and Security Analysis Competition in UTD. Also, I have improved my equity trading skills in trading competition. All in all, professional Finance courses and competitions help me a lot in my interest of equity research and trading. If you are interested in finance, I am glad to share my experience in UT Dallas to you.

Shireen - Pakistan

Shireen – Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Bachelors in Business Administration – Finance, Institute of Business Administration
Areas of interest: Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Forecasting, Valuation, Market Research
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music

I worked as a teaching assistant in Spring 2016 for business finance and risk management related courses. Currently, I am working as a finance tutor at the trading lab. I am the Director of Finance at the Consulting Club and Director of Economic Impact for LEAP UT Dallas. Taking the officer positions in the societies allows me to apply the knowledge in the business setting, as well as develop the communication, organization and numeracy skills I have acquired through my academic learning. Moreover, it helps nurture qualities like commitment to work, flexibility and enthusiasm to learn more. UT Dallas MS Finance program comes under the top 15 finance programs in the USA. It promises a lot of growth and learning opportunities. The various societies at UTD allow you to participate in many competitions like case study and trading challenges that will prepare you to enter the work place with greater confidence and skills. UT Dallas has been a second home to me. I would encourage the interested students to contact me to get to know more about the program and my experience at UT Dallas.

Jiacong - China

Jiacong – China

Urumqi, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Statistics
Areas of interest: Financial analysis, Modeling
Hobbies: Photography, Jazz

Prior to my study in the MS Finance program of Jindal School of Management, I achieved my bachelor degree in statistics at a top 10 University in China. Currently I’m taking classes full-time while working on campus as a teaching assistant.

I changed my direction because I want to gain more profound perspectives that my bachelor degree could not provide in the financial field. The Jindal School of Management provides me with such opportunities, which really lifted me to a higher level. I’d love to help new students at UT Dallas for I’ve received a lot from so many nice people here.

Abhinav - India

Abinav – India

Hyderabad, India – Fall 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Civil Engineering
Areas of interest: Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Macro Trading, Entrepreneurial Finance, Financial & Economic History
Hobbies: Music, Reading, Traveling, Sports

Having graduated from top tier schools in India, my penchant for finance lead me to a career in banking. After a brief but successful stint in Nomura, I felt I needed to study the subject qualitatively for my masters. This lead me to pursue my MS in Finance from UTD and this was one the best decisions I have taken. UT Dallas has very experienced professors who have been in academics and the industry for more than three decades and I have gleaned a lot of wisdom from them during my time here. I am very actively involved with many student clubs on campus, as all of them replicate the real world scenarios either through speaker series or the competitions( M&A, Trading) they conduct during the semester. I am very passionate about finance and all that I have learnt till now is because I always had great mentors who have motivated and guided me. I am very excited to share my experiences with you, feel free to contact me.

Christophe - Senegal

Christophe – Senegal

Dakar, Senegal – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Finance
Areas of interest: Microfinance and Science
Hobbies: Cooking, playing guitar, meditating 

I am a passionate person, and I love to share what I know and help others improve themselves. I am part of 2 organizations, AIESEC and Leap, whose mission it is to help others through different services.

Yiding - China

Yiding – China

Beijing, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Statistics
Areas of interest: Securities and options
Hobbies: Soccer, Basketball, PC games and Sleeping  

I graduated from School of Finance & Statistics, Hunan University in 2015. I learned the Calculus, Probability Theory, Linear algebra, Times Series and etc. in my Statistics Major. I was admitted to The University of Texas at Dallas in 2015 Fall. I have finished seven courses with a strong GPA.

Malav - India

Malav – India

Mumbai, India – Fall 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Information Technology Engineer
Areas of interest: Portfolio management and Equity Research
Hobbies: Finance, Soccer, Cricket, Movies and Reading   

I am an IT Engineer from India. I love the field of Finance and so i decided to shift my career path. I passed CFA level 1 in June 2016, and I am currently preparing for CFA level 2. I am really interested in equity research and portfolio management as a whole. I am a full time MS Finance student at UTD. The course at UTD is amazing; please feel free to contact me.

David - USA

David – USA

Grapevine, TX – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Biology
Areas of interest: Investment Management/Financial Analysis
Hobbies: Basketball, Rock-climbing, Football 

I’m a laid-back individual, Game of Thrones enthusiast, and enjoy watching and participating in sports. I like to engage in new activities and learning new skills. I am a big Dallas Cowboys fan. Hoping for a college football at UTD but they might be a distant dream.

Kee Siang - Malaysia

Kee Siang – Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: BBA – Investment Option
Areas of interest: CFA, Investment Analysis, Financial Modeling
Hobbies: Work Out, Music, Basketball  

“I am currently a full time graduate student in UTD pursing my MS Finance degree. I graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and developed a deep interest in understanding what Finance really is. It has always been a fulfilling and rewarding experience to be able to enhance my Knowledge about finance here in UTD.

My goal right now would be to cultivate essential skills in order to transit into the financial industry as a Financial Analyst. I am actively involved in variety of organizations and activities so that I am constantly challenging myself.”

Change - China

Chang (Vicky) – China

Guizhou, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Applied Chemistry
Areas of interest: Financial Investment
Hobbies: Electronic organ, sketch  

I’m positive and optimistic girl. I’d like to help other people and also like to know new people. I think that I worked hard and have the ability to be a good mentor. I passed level 3 of the CFA exam on my first try. I’m the kind of person that is always consistent to pursue my target.

Nan - China

Nan – China

Beijing, China – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Finance – Beijing University of Technology
Areas of interest: Cooperate Finance, Financial management
Hobbies: Swimming, Piano, Traveling  

I am currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in Finance and Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). I have completed all my coursework and am now working for an Architecture company as a financial analyst, using CPT during my last semester at UTD. I deeply love my classmates and professors at UTD because I have gained too much from them. Now it is the time for me to return my efforts in helping my UTD family.

Darshan - India

Darshan – India

Mumbai, India – Summer 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Finance
Areas of interest: Financial Modeling and Financial Analysis
Hobbies: Gaming, Cricket, Movies  

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and currently I am pursuing my MS Management Science (Concentration in Finance). Broadening my horizons in finance is my goal. Financial analysis and Financial Modeling are my areas of interest. If you have any questions regarding the school or MS Finance program, feel free to contact me.

Yuyuan - China

Yuyuan – China

Beijing, China – Spring 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Finance
Areas of interest: Financial Risk Management;  Econometrics; Data Science
Hobbies: Detective Novel; Tennis  

I was a Finance student in Beijing, China. Now, I have been studying at UT Dallas for one year. During my first year of study, I learned a lot about Financial Knowledge and figured out my career path for the future. I enjoy the life in UT Dallas. Here at UT Dallas, I have meet many new and interesting people, and feel different culture.  All of things make me fell excited about my new life in Dallas.

Chen - China

Chen – China

Fujian, China – Fall 2017, expected graduation

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Areas of interest: Financial Risk Management; CFA
Hobbies: Reading, movies, traveling, music 

I am pursuing an MS Finance degree at UTD now. Before I came to USA, I worked at the University of China as an Economics lecturer and undergraduate advisor. I loved my job and enjoy working with my students and colleagues. Although moving to USA is one of the biggest challenges in my life, continuing to study at UTD lifts my spirits. I wish my working and studying experience will help the mentees success in their academic and college life.

The finance department provides opportunities for students to become engaged and involved in a variety of activities in order to reinforce the academic learning process here at UT Dallas. Opportunities such as competitions, employer roundtable discussions, guest speakers and student organizations allow students to gain leadership skills, become better team players and network with industry leaders while gaining additional industry knowledge and skills.

Case Competitions – TravisWolff

traviswolff

The TravisWolff Cup Mergers & Acquisitions Competition is an internal case study competition designed to give students experience and insight into mergers & acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Other internal and external competitions include the SAC – Security Analysis Competition and ACG – Association for Corporate Growth.

UT Dallas Student Investment Corporation

Student Investment Corp

Students are given an opportunity to earn course credit and add an internship to their resume managing real investments. This class is taught by industry professionals and gives students an ongoing, structured way of learning how to manage a portfolio.

Student Organizations Teach Leadership Skills and Industry Knowledge

Student Organisations

Student organizations help bridge the gap between academia and industry by providing activities such as competitions, workshops, industry speakers and social events. The finance area has three student organizations:

  • Financial Leadership Association (FLA)
  • Real Estate Club
  • Energy Association

Industry Visits Connect Students With Employers

Student Investment Corp

Industry guest speakers give students the opportunity to network with potential employers while learning about different finance careers and potential internship programs. Recent guests include:

  • Texas Instruments
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • JP Morgan
  • Comerica
  • ALM First Advisors
  • AT&T
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Capital One
  • State Farm
  • Goldman Sachs

Naveen Jindal School of Management Finance Trading Lab

Trading Lab
Trading Lab

Our student-run lab provides students the opportunity to develop financial trading skills and provides access to various electronic business databases including Bloomberg, S&P Capital IQ, SDC Platinum, Thomson Reuters Eikon™ and WRDS-Wharton Research Data Services. The lab also hosts the UTD Securities Trading Competitions each semester giving students the opportunities to win cash awards and scholarships.