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Master of Science in Finance

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The M.S. in Finance program consists of 36 credits of graduate study, which includes 10.5 credits of required foundation courses, 12 credits of required advance courses, and the rest from elective classes. Instead of taking additional finance electives, students also have the option to specialize in either Energy or Real Estate, as specified below.

Program information is subject to change.

Required Foundation Courses (10.5 credit hours):

Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
ACCT 6331 Financial Accounting 3 credit hours
BZAN 6310 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions 3 credit hours
FINA 6387 Managerial Analysis 3 credit hours
FINA 6A35 Managerial Finance 1.5 credit hours

Required Advanced Courses (12 credit hours):

Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
*FINA 7A20 Capital Markets 1.5 credit hours
*FINA 7A23 Portfolio Theory & Practice 1.5 credit hours
*FINA 7A10 Intermediate Corporate Finance: Valuation 1.5 credit hours
*FINA 7A30 or
 FINA 7A33
Advanced Corporate Finance or/
Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
1.5 credit hours
*FINA 7350 or
 FINA 7351
Derivatives I: Options or/
Derivatives II: Forwards, Futures and Swaps
3 credit hours
*FINA 7354 Financial Securities and Innovation 3 credit hours
Please note:
  • FINA 6A35 Managerial Finance is a prerequisite for all upper level finance classes
  • FINA 7A10 Intermediate Corporate Finance: Valuation is a prerequisite for FINA 7A30 Advanced Corp. Finance and FINA 7A33 Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
  • FINA 7A20 Capital Markets is a prerequisite for FINA 7A23 Portfolio Theory and Practice
  • ACCT 7340 Financial Statement Analysis is an approved elective
  • BZAN 7320 Business Modeling for Competitive Advantage is an approved elective
  • Electives marked * are required for those starting in fall of 2015
  • Multiple FINA 7397/7A97 courses may be taken as long as each is a different topic
  • Petitions to substitute appropriate core courses for those indicated above need to be submitted to Britney Hudson – bhudson@bauer.uh.edu

Other Finance Electives (13.5 credit hours)

Students seeking an M.S. in Finance with Energy Specialization may also choose from the following
energy electives:

Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
FINA 7371 Energy Value Chain 3 credit hours
FINA 7372 Upstream Economics 3 credit hours
FINA 7376 or
FINA 7352
Energy Trading or/
Energy Derivatives
3 credit hours
FINA Choice of energy elective course 3 credit hours

Students seeking an M.S. in Finance with Real Estate Specialization may also choose from the following
real estate electives:

Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
FINA 7497 Essentials of Real Estate 4 credit hours
FINA 7380 Real Estate Finance 3 credit hours
FINA 7397 Developing a Real Estate Project 3 credit hours
FINA Choice of real estate course 3 credit hours