Master of Science in Finance (STEM)

Why MS Finance?

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Prof. Marcus Stewart,
Executive Director

Prof. Vijay Yerramilli,
Faculty Director


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Why Choose Bauer MS in Finance?

Bauer's MS in Finance degree is a gateway to exciting career opportunities in finance. Our cutting-edge curriculum provides students with a rigorous and comprehensive training in all aspects of finance. Our location in the fourth largest city in the United States, and close connections to the finance, energy, healthcare and real estate industries can transform your future. Starting in Fall 2021, students may also enroll in our newly-launched fully Online MS in Finance program.

Thank you for your interest in the MS Finance Program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business. This free preliminary application will only take a few minutes to complete, and will help you learn if you're a fit for the program – before you put together your formal application.



Effective August 15, 2020, the MSF program consists of 30 credits of graduate study for all students, which includes 6 credits of required foundation courses, 3 credits of required advanced courses, and the remaining 21 credits from elective courses. Students who are already in the program can elect to graduate under the new rules on or after August 15, 2020 if they have 30 graduate credits by their chosen graduation date.


Tailor the curriculum to fit your specific career goals

Corporate Finance

For students seeking careers in corporate financial management, corporate development, financial consulting, investment banking, commercial banking, and private equity.

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Investments and Portfolio Management

For students seeking a wide range of careers in the asset management industry, such as investment management, trading, security analysis, and risk management.

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Wealth Management

For students seeking careers in the fast-growing area of wealth management, personal financial planning, and financial advisory services (tax planning, estate planning, and retirement planning).

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Quantitative Finance

For students seeking careers in investment management and trading that require proficiency in quantitative analytic skills, such as financial econometrics, computational finance, and data analytics.

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Energy Finance

Specialize your knowledge of finance for careers in the energy industry by acquiring a solid knowledge of the economics of the energy industry, energy trading and energy derivatives.

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Real Estate Finance

Specialize your knowledge of finance for careers in the real estate sector by acquiring industry-specific knowledge of the economics and institutional features of the real estate sector, project development and real estate finance.

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Key Program Highlights

Emphasis on experiential learning:

  • The Cougar Investment Fund (CIF) is a multi-million dollar private investment fund that is managed by selected MBA and MS Finance students.
  • Investment and Portfolio Management Project is a 6-credit course taught by an industry expert that uses a virtual fund to simulate the fund management experience.
  • Industry Consulting Project allows students to earn 3 credits over the summer while working on a real-life industry project.

World-class faculty:

  • Finance faculty produce high-quality research that is widely published in leading finance, economics and management journals.
  • Clinical faculty are senior executives in the energy, financial management, and real estate industries.

Placement support from the Rockwell Career Center, which caters only to the students and alumni of the C. T. Bauer College of Business.



CFA Institute logo

The MS in Finance Program is an approved CFA University Affiliation Program.

This approval indicates that the MS in Finance curriculum meets the high standards demanded by the CFA Institute for participation in its CFA University Affiliation Program. The CFA Institute is a global organization that promotes high standards in ethics, education, and professional excellence in the financial community. The CFA Institute offers a limited number of scholarships to our MSF students on an annual basis.



STEM certified program

The MS in Finance Program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) certified program. Visit these government webpages for more information: and



MSF Advisory Board

The MS Finance Advisory Board comprises successful finance industry professionals who are highly committed to the Bauer MS Finance program. The primary roles of the advisory board are to: (1) provide inputs on MSF curriculum initiatives; and (2) facilitate industry contacts and networks for MSF students. The current members of the advisory board are as follows:

Jay Bell, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Joe Corkin (CFA), Partner, Davis/ Chambers & Company, Ltd.
John G. Keeton (CFA), Wealth Advisor, Covenant Multifamily Offices LLC
Jeffrey D. Detwiler (CFA, AAMS), Partner and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L. P.
Allen Lewis (CFA), Vice President, Westwood Trust
Marianne Maximous, Associate Director, O&P- Americas Business Decision Analysis Group Lyondell Basell
Michael Sergi, Senior Manager- Business Planning & Analysis, TPC Group




Corporate Finance Track

The corporate finance track is suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in corporate finance, financial consulting, commercial banking, investment banking, and private equity. Accordingly, the curriculum has been designed to help students develop their expertise in financial analysis, valuation, corporate financial management, investment banking, private equity, and risk management.

We present below a recommended course schedule for full-time students entering the program in the fall semester of 2018 who plan to graduate in 18 months. The required foundation courses are listed in red, the required advanced courses are listed in blue, whereas the advanced elective courses are listed in black. The course schedule below represents the optimal sequencing of finance courses by ensuring that students complete the necessary prerequisite courses before taking advanced electives. However, students may choose their own electives and the pace through the program.


Semester Course Credit Hours
Fall (Year 1) 10.5
1st half only: Financial Statement Analysis (6A31) 1.5
Managerial Finance (6A35) 1.5
2nd half only: Intermediate Corporate Finance: Valuation (7A10) 1.5
Full Semester: Statistics (BZAN 6310/6320) 3
Managerial Analysis (6387) 3
SPRING (Year 1) 10.5
1st half only: M&A-I OR Advanced Corporate Finance (7A30) 1.5
M&A-I OR Advanced Corporate Finance (7A30) 1.5
Capital Markets (7A20) 1.5
2nd half only: M&A-II 1.5
Portfolio theory (7A23) 1.5
Full Semester: International Finance 3
SUMMER (Year 1) (Choose 6 credits from below) 6
Financial Risk Management 3
Midstream Finance 3
Intl. Business & Political Risk Mgmt. 3
Industry Consulting Project (12-weeks) 3
FALL (Year 2) 9
1st half only: Derivatives-I 1.5
Fixed Income-I 1.5
2nd half only: Derivatives-II 1.5
Fixed Income-II 1.5
Full Semester: Private Equity 3
Total Program Credits: 36