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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.

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

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.


(Semester 1)


(Semester 2)

  • FIN 6307 – Mathematical Methods for Finance
  • FIN 6318 – Analytics of Finance
  • FIN 6325 – Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
  • FIN 6368 – Financial Information and Analysis
  • MAS 6102 – Professional Development


(Semester 3)

  • FIN 6310 – Investment Theory and Practice
  • FIN 6314 – Fixed Income Securities
  • FIN 6352 – Financial Modeling For Valuation
  • FIN 6392 – Financial Technology and Blockchain
  • *FIN 6V99 – Research Methods in Finance (optional)


(Semester 4)

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.

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
  • Program activities
  • Internship capstone course
  • Training for communication skills
  • Career coaching


Tuition discounts are available to high-achieving students.

Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Loans are available for a student who is a US citizen or eligible noncitizen; is registered with Selective Service (males) or prove exemption; and, is admitted as a regular degree-seeking graduate student. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply electronically at You must first apply for a Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID) at The FSA ID is needed to sign your FAFSA electronically, correct any information after you get your FAFSA results, and access your financial aid history online. The UTD federal school code is 009741.

Private Educational Loans are available for a student who does not meet the Federal Student Loan requirements or who prefers to borrow from a private educational lender. There are several sources of private-based long term educational loans that are issued based on the credit-worthiness of the borrower. More information is available via the UTD Financial Aid Office website, including a list of some lenders.

JSOM contact:
More information is available by contacting Paula Baxter ( or 972-883-4114).

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

Application materials include:

  1. Online Application
  2. GMAT* (or GRE)
  3. English Proficiency – If your native language is not English and you have been educated outside the United States, you must demonstrate English proficiency. Please review the requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admission at UT Dallas page for specifics on scores and potential waivers.
  4. Resume – A detailed resume of all work history. This may be submitted with the online application. Work experience is not required for MS degrees; however, prior working experience is considered when reviewing applicants.
  5. Personal Objectives Statement – A one-page, double-spaced, typed essay outlining the applicant’s academic interests and goals. This may be submitted with the online application.
  6. One Professional Letter of Recommendation
  7. Transcripts and degree certificates (if applicable) from all colleges/universities attended. (Note: Applicants from foreign countries should also provide these documents in their own languages.) Please review the requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admission at UT Dallas page for specifics on credentials and document translation.

* UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management prefers the GMAT admission test, however, we gladly accept the GRE test as well.