Master of Science in Finance (STEM)

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Prof. Marcus Stewart,
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Prof. Vijay Yerramilli,
Faculty Director
vyerramilli@bauer.uh.edu

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Specific Career Tracks in the MS Finance Program:

Corporate Finance Track

The Corporate Finance track prepares students for financial careers in nonfinancial firms, and for careers in financial firms that advise nonfinancial firms and assist them in the implementation of their financial strategies (e.g., banks, investment banks, consulting firms, and private equity funds). Financial roles in corporations could include project evaluation (capital budgeting), budgeting, financial modeling, financial planning, controlling, valuation, and business development research. Higher-level corporate positions include that of a treasurer or chief financial officer of a firm.

The curriculum has been designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of financial analysis, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings, corporate restructuring (divestitures, spin-offs, resolution of financial distress), decisions about capital structure, capital markets and role of key financial institutions. Students may specialize their training by earning the Corporate Finance Certificate and the Investment Banking and Private Equity Certificate.

We present below a recommended course schedule for full-time students entering the program in the fall semester 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.

 

Recommended Corporate Finance Course Schedule

Semester Course Credit Hours
Fall (Year 1) 9
1st half only: Analyzing Financial Statements (6A31) 1.5
Managerial Finance (6A35) 1.5
2nd half only: Intermediate Corporate Finance: Valuation (7A10) 1.5
Capital Markets (7A20) 1.5
Full Semester: Statistics (BZAN 6310/6320) 3
SPRING (Year 1) 9
1st half only: Advanced Corporate Finance (7A30) 1.5
Mergers & Acquisitions I (7A33) 1.5
2nd half only: Mergers & Acquisitions II (7A34) 1.5
Portfolio Theory and Practice (7A23) 1.5
Full Semester: International Finance (7360) 3
SUMMER (Year 1) (Choose 6 credits from below) 6
Risk Management (7361) 3
Midstream Energy Finance (7374) 3
International Business and Political Risk Management (7364) 3
Industry Consulting Project - 12 weeks (7397)* 3
FALL (Year 2) (Choose 6 credits from below) 6
1st half only: Derivatives I (7A50) 1.5
Fixed Income I (7A40) 1.5
2nd half only: Derivatives II (7A51) 1.5
Fixed Income II (7A41) 1.5
Banking and Credit Analysis (7A42) 1.5
Full Semester: Managerial Analysis (6387) 3
Private Equity and Investment Banking (7326) 3
Total Program Credits: 30

*: Subject to availability

 

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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
Risk Management (7361) 3
Midstream Energy Finance (7374/7397) 3
International Business and Political Risk Management (7364/7397) 3
Industry Consulting Project (12 weeks) 3
FALL (Year 2) 9
1st half only: Derivatives I (7A50/7A97) 1.5
Fixed Income I (7A40/7A97)< 1.5
2nd half only: Derivatives II (7A51/7A97) 1.5
Fixed Income II (7A41/7A97) 1.5
Full Semester: Private Equity and Investment Banking (7326) 3
Total Program Credits: 36
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