Graduate and Professional Programs

Master of Science in Finance

Program Overview
Quantitative Specialization
To request an MS Finance appointment,
please contact:

Meagan Chang
Assistant Director of Admissions

The goals of the Masters of Science in Finance program are to provide graduates with skills associated with:

  1. Firm Valuation
  2. Portfolio Analysis
  3. Valuation of Derivatives
  4. Security Analysis and Financial Innovation

Over the last decade, finance professionals have faced an increasingly complex and technical world with the advent of a tremendous number of new "exotic" securities, the explosion in the options and futures markets, the increase in financial globalization, and the increased volatility in equity and currency markets. This has generated a demand for a focused, intensive course of study in the technical aspects of security valuation, trading strategies, hedging, and corporate reorganization. This demand has given rise to the Master of Science in Finance Program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business.

The program provides students with a focused, technical concentration in the finance area to help graduates deal with the increasingly complex world of finance. The Master's of Science in Finance is a fully accredited graduate program in the UH Bauer College of Business. The program's objective is to provide participants with a focused course of study that will enhance their understanding of the principles and practice of finance. This will enable participants to deal more readily with the increasingly complex concepts and body of knowledge faced by finance professionals. The program would be particularly relevant to those working in, or planning to work in the following areas:

  • Commercial and retail banking
  • Investment banking
  • Security analysis and brokerage
  • Corporate finance, venture capital and corporate restructuring
  • Security trading and risk management
  • Financial consulting

The program consists of 36 hours of graduate study in the areas of finance, accounting, statistics and economics. Students are required to take 4 foundation courses, 4 required advanced courses and 4 advanced elective courses.

In order to better service the educational needs of the Houston community, the Bauer College of Business has assembled a nationally renowned faculty in finance. The current members of the faculty have over forty years of full-time experience as faculty at the top 10 finance departments. Indeed, recent rankings place the UH finance faculty sixteenth in the nation and second in the State of Texas.

Our knowledge of what "works" at the top business schools in this country is being brought to bear on the task of providing the Houston community with the opportunity for training and advanced certification in finance commensurate with the fourth largest city in the United States.

Prof. Ramon Rabinovitch

Co-Director of Masters of Science in Finance Program

Ramon Rabinovitch

Professor Rabinovitch joined the faculty in 1980, after having taught at the University of Rochester, New York, and the University of Haifa, Israel. He is a UH recipient of the 1998-1999 Fulbright Teaching and Research Award in Argentina and the 1992/3 and 1993/4 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Madrid Business School.

Prof. Vijay Yerramilli

Co-Director of Masters of Science in Finance Program

Vijay Yerramilli

Vijay Yerramilli received his Ph.D. in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at Bauer College in 2010, he was an Assistant Professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, risk management and real options, contracting, and financial institutions.