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Meagan Chang
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Email: lmchang@bauer.uh.edu

Quantitative Specialization in the MS in Finance (MSF-Q)

The MSF-Q specialization combines Ph.D. courses with advanced MS Finance courses, and is aimed at students who are interested in taking highly quantitative finance classes without continuing into the Ph.D. program and writing a dissertation. It is ideal preparation for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance but lack the necessary quantitative skills. Students who want to pursue this specialization must receive approval from the MSF-Q Specialization Director and Finance Department Chair. Such students will usually have a solid quantitative background; with knowledge of calculus, mathematical statistics, and linear algebra. This specialization may be taken on a full- or part-time basis; however, Ph.D. level courses are offered only during the day.

Curriculum

The MSF-Q specialization consists of 36 hours of coursework. There is a required core of 4 Ph.D. level courses (10.5 credit hours) and 4 MS level courses (7.5 credit hours). Students can select the remaining credit hours from the elective courses listed below. Other MS Finance courses can be counted as credit towards the degree subject to the approval of the MSF-Q specialization Director.

Required Courses:

Program information is subject to change.

Ph. D. Level
Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
FINA 7A97 Mathematics for Finance 1.5 credit hours
FINA 8397 Econometrics I 3 credit hours
FINA 8338 Financial Management I 3 credit hours
FINA 8368 Seminar in Investments 3 credit hours
MS Level
FINA 7A10 Intermediate Corporate Finance: Valuation 1.5 credit hours
FINA 7A20 Capital Markets 1.5 credit hours
FINA 6A31 Analyzing Financial Statements 1.5 credit hours
FINA xxxx Object Oriented Programming in Finance 3 credit hours

Elective Courses:

Program information is subject to change.

Ph. D. Level
Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
FINA 8397 Econometrics II 3 credit hours
FINA 8397 Financial Management II 3 credit hours
FINA 8397 Derivatives 3 credit hours
FINA 8397 Price Theory I 3 credit hours
FINA 8397 Continuous Time Finance 3 credit hours
FINA 8397 Fixed Income 3 credit hours
MS Level
FINA 7A23 Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures 1.5 credit hours
FINA 7A23 Portfolio Theory and Practice 1.5 credit hours
FINA 7A30 Advanced Corporate Finance 1.5 credit hours
FINA 7354 Financial Securities and Innovation 3 credit hours
FINA 7352 Energy Derivatives 3 credit hours
FINA xxxx Optimization 3 credit hours

MSF-Q Specialization Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the MSF-Q specialization a full time program?

    It can be taken as a full-time or part time program. Ph.D. classes are usually taught during the day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All MS classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Some MS classes are offered on Saturdays.

  • Are there summer classes?

    "Mathematics for Finance", FINA 7A97, is taught in August.

  • Can I register to begin my MS in Finance program for a spring or summer semester?

    New students are admitted only in the Fall semester.

  • I am an MSF student. Can I transfer to MSF-Q specialization?

    Your transfer should be approved by the MSF-Q specialization Director.

  • How many classes can I transfer to the MSF-Q specialization?

    In general, up to four classes. The precise number of classes transferred will be determined in consultation with the MSF-Q specialization Director.

  • Can I transfer into the Bauer Finance Ph.D. program?

    Students who wish to transfer into the Ph.D. program in Finance need to go through the regular application procedure. However, MSF-Q students can take the qualifying Ph.D. exam, which is offered in May of each year and is based on the following three courses: Econometrics I, Price Theory I, and Financial Management I. If an MSF-Q student succeeds in the qualifying Ph.D. exam, this will be taken into account in the Ph.D. admission procedure.

  • Can I include any MS-Finance or MBA course in my MSF-Q specialization?

    Any course that is not listed as a required or elective course must be approved by the MSF-Q specialization Director.

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Please refer to our full FAQ section for questions regarding the application process, test scores and experience requirements.