Master of Science in Finance


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 undergrad business degree is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Program Partners

The Investment Management concentration a CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute University Recognized Program*.

* CFA® is a registered trademark owned by the CFA Institute.

The Energy Risk Management concentration is an Academic Partner with the Global Association of Risk Professionals(GARP).

The Real Estate program is a partner with the CCIM Institute (Certified Commercial Investment Member). This allows students a fast track route toward receiving the recognized CCIM designation.

MS Finance Program Highlights

Learn from world-renowned faculty who have published in all of the top finance journals (including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies and others) and have won numerous best paper prizes.


The Finance Trading Lab gives you the opportunity to develop financial trading skills and access to many electronic business databases, including Thomson Reuters Eikon, Bloomberg, S&P Capital IQ, SDC Platinum, Morningstar Direct and Wharton Research Data Services. There are trading competitions held during the year for prizes, money and scholarships.


Participate in clubs and organizations, including the Financial Leadership Association, the Real Estate Club and the Energy Association – UT Dallas.

Invest money in the market through the student-run Global Investment Fund.


Develop your skills through contests and competitions, including the CFA® Institute Research Challenge, the TravisWolff Competition, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Competition, as well as competitions through the Finance Trading Lab.


The Career Management Center offers workshops to develop resume and interviewing skills, as well as internship and job placement assistance.


If you are highly qualified, you can apply for a graduate scholarship.

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.

  • Investment Management
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Real Estate
  • Connect with the Director
  • 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.

Skye - USA

Skye – USA

Overland Park, KS – Fall 2016, 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.”

Sung (Fannie) - Taiwan

Sung (Fannie) – Taiwan

Changhua, Taiwan – Summer 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate: Finance, National Chung Cheng University
Areas of interest: Financial Analyst
Hobbies: Music, board game, traveling, cooking

“I hold a bachelor’s degree in Finance and am currently a double major in Finance and Accounting. During my life in UTD, I enjoy discussing class materials with peers from different backgrounds. In addition, I am involved in a lot of school events such as a volunteer trip to Oklahoma. UT Dallas provides lots of resources that you can utilize and has lots of events for students to get involved. I am more than happy to share my experiences not only in academic fields but also about life here in UT Dallas!”

Eric - USA

Eric – USA

Coppell, TX – Summer 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate : BBA Finance – Texas State University – San Marcos
Areas of interest: Finance, Strategic Leadership, Valuation, M&A
Hobbies: Professional Sports, Fitness, Outdoors, Finance

“I am a part time graduate student in two programs, the PMBA and MS Finance programs. I work as a Financial Analyst for a leading financial services company at which I’ve worked for four years. My goals for the PMBA program were to gain perspective from a breadth of diverse professors, and use this perspective and knowledge to enhance and cultivate my leadership and management skills. My goals for the Finance program were to learn technical skills and develop a deep understanding of the financial industry. My short term goals post-graduation would be to transition into Management Consulting, or into M&A as an analyst. Otherwise my hobbies are mentioned above. I love watching/participating in sports, take great pride in my personal health, love hiking and canoeing, and spend a fair portion of time planning with my brokerage account. In between all of these overlapping priorities I also spend a lot of time with my family.”

Weilin (Cillian) - China

Weilin (Cillian) – China

Kunming, China – Fall 2016, expected graduation

Undergraduate: 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.”

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.