Master of Science in Finance (STEM)

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Prof. Marcus Stewart,
Executive Director

Prof. Vijay Yerramilli,
Faculty Director

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Specific Career Tracks in the MS Finance Program:

Energy Finance Track

Houston is considered the energy capital of the world and is the gateway to jobs in the energy industry. Bauer College is home to the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute (GEMI), which provides graduate curriculum in energy management that is now internationally recognized. Our energy courses are taught by senior executives in the energy industry.

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


Required Energy Finance Track Electives

Course Credit Hours
Energy Value Chain (FINA 7371) 3.0
Upstream Economics (FINA 7372) 3.0
Energy Trading (FINA 7376)
OR Energy Derivatives (FINA 7352)
Choice of any other energy elective 3.0


Students seeking an energy specialization may substitute the above electives into either the corporate finance track or the investments and portfolio 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