Master of Science in Finance (STEM)

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msprograms@bauer.uh.edu

Prof. Marcus Stewart,
Executive Director
mcstewart@bauer.uh.edu

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

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Specific Career Tracks in the MS Finance Program:

Investments and Portfolio Management Track

The investments and portfolio management track is suitable for a wide range of careers in the asset management industry, such as investment management, trading, security analysis, and risk management. Students with this background may be hired by investment banks, institutional money management firms (mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, etc.), and firms that specialize in trading of derivatives.

The curriculum in this track has been designed to provide students with a though understanding of investment analysis, portfolio management, fixed income, derivatives (forwards, futures, swaps and options), risk management, and financial innovation. Students may specialize their training by earning the Investment Analysis 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 Investments and Portfolio Management 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) 10.5
1st half only: Derivatives I (7A50) 1.5
2nd half only: Portfolio Theory and Practice (7A23) 1.5
Derivatives II (7A51) 1.5
Full Semester: Programming in R - Finance Applications (7358) 3
International Finance (7360) 3
SUMMER (Year 1) (Choose 6 credits from below) 6
Risk Management (7361) 3
Introduction to Quantitative Investing (7A97) 1.5
Electric Power Markets (7377) 3
Midstream Energy Finance (7374) 3
Industry Consulting Project - 12 weeks (7397)* 3
FALL (Year 2) (Choose 4.5 credits from below) 4.5
1st half only: Advanced Corporate Finance (7A30) 1.5
Fixed Income I (7A40) 1.5
Retirement and Estate Planning (7A62) 1.5
2nd half only: Fixed Income II (7A41) 1.5
Banking and Credit Analysis (7A42) 1.5
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
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
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