The Master of Science in Finance is designed to provide advanced study for the person interested in developing skills in this specific area. Intended for students desiring a strong concentration in finance, the focus of the program allows the student to gain considerable expertise in the area in a relatively short period of time. A minimum of 30 hours is required to complete the program.

Background and Foundation Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at the university are necessary for graduate standing. Students without a bachelor's degree in a business field from an accredited institution must complete some or all of the following background courses determined by the department.


Students must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas with a grade no less than B in the following courses. These courses are prerequisites for all finance courses with course numbers 5200 and higher.

  • Accumulation and Analysis of Accounting Data (or acceptable
    undergraduate course(s)
  • ECON 5000 Economic Concepts (or acceptable undergraduate course
  • Math with Business Applications (or acceptable undergraduate
  • Financial Management
  • Data Analysis

Required Courses (3 credit hours each)

At the discretion of the Department Master's Program Advisor, up to six semester credit hours of equivalent previous coursework successfully completed at an AACSB accredited institution or other Texas state university may be transferred. Acceptable courses would be included in the minimum 30-hour requirement for graduation.

  • Investment Analysis and Management
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Advanced Topics in Financial Management
  • Global Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Financial Management

Elective Courses (3 credit hours each)

Students will select at least four elective courses to complete at least 27 hours of the minimum 30-hour requirement for the degree. The capstone course below comprises the remaining 3 hours. MSCI 5180 is the only prerequisite course that may be used as an elective. The following are some possible elective choices, but other courses would be considered subject to the approval of the department Master's advisor.

  • Advanced Management of Financial Institutions
  • Theory of Finance
  • Model-Based Decision Making
  • Data-Based Decision Making

Capstone Experience

Prerequisites for the capstone course are Finance 5210, Finance 5310, Finance 5400, and Finance 5500.

  • Integrative Capstone Course

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