Graduate and Professional Programs

Master of Science in Finance Program

Program Overview

Real Estate Finance Track

The UH Bauer Real Estate degree program was built by Houston’s real estate professionals to prepare students to become leaders in the industry. Practicing real estate professionals serve as faculty bringing their expertise to the classroom. Students become members of the real estate community through professional development: internships, mentorships, scholarships, professional organization membership and career services.

MS Finance students have the option to specialize their 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. The real estate specialization requires 12 credits from the following real estate electives:


Course Credit Hours
Essentials of Real Estate (FINA 7497) 3.0
Real Estate Finance (FINA 7380) 3.0
Developing a Real Estate Project (FINA 7397) 3.0
Choice of any other real estate elective 3.0


Students seeking a real estate specialization may substitute the above electives into either the corporate finance track or the investments and asset management track.



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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