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MS in Finance

The Master of Science in Finance degree can help you develop in-depth knowledge for your financial career. The MSF degree can advance your career and improve your earnings potential. MS Finance students can earn practical experience through internships and participation in project-based courses.

International students graduating from a STEM-designated program are eligible to work in the U.S. for up to 36 months under OPT (Optional Practical Training). The Office of International Student Services has more information about OPT and curricular internship programs.

MS Finance Placement Data

Average Salary by Position

Average salary across levels (I, II, III, IV) with 1 to 3 years of experience in the position from Most associates and managers have more experience in the field.

Average Salary by Experience

Data is from Robert Half Salary Calculator for Financial Analysts in Dallas, varying experience.

MS in Finance Placements (Source: LinkedIn)

Firms employing our graduates include:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • Fidelity
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Texas Instruments
  • Bank of America
  • Globe Life
  • Sabre
  • Ernst and Young
  • Sunoco
  • Moody’s Analytics
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • DTCC
  • Bank of China
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • Fannie Mae
  • Santander
  • Raytheon
  • Amazon
  • Daseke
  • Corelogic

Recent graduates were hired as:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Analyst
  • Senior Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Associate
  • Investment Associate
  • Project Manager
  • Manager
  • Advisor
  • Consultant
  • Director
  • Vice President

Prior work experience influences the position and starting salary for graduates.

National Salary Statistics

Salary Range for Dallas

Data is from Robert Half Salary Calculator for Dallas. The salary range is for 1 to 3 years of experience in the Dallas area. Other areas of the US will differ.

Projected Annual Growth in Job Openings in Texas

Projected annual growth in Texas job openings through 2026 from Career One Stop.

Top Finance Skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • Complex problem solving that balances business and technical knowledge
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Collaboration across multiple departments
  • Intrapersonal skills, including time management and work ethic
  • Experience with Tableau, Quickbooks, Excel
  • Technical abilities, including experience with SQL, R, SAS, Python, C++, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, cloud-based computing
  • Expertise in compliance, analytics, and risk
  • Professional Certifications, including CFA®
  • Industry-specific experience
  • Skills with niche markets

List adapted from the Robert Half 2020 Salary Guide, CFA® Investment Professional of the Future and the Deloitte 2020 Financial Services Outlook.

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