MSF Curriculum - 30 Credit Hours
Credit Hours Summary:
4 credit hours of required ACCOUNTING courses
2 credit hours of required ECONOMICS course
24 credit hours of required FINANCE courses
The Cox MSF is designed to provide students with a broad and intensive education in the finance field. Its focus is to provide specialized skills that enhance finance based employment prospects. Graduates will be positioned well with the knowledge and skills required by employers for entry-level financial analyst positions. To distinguish the Cox MSF from other programs offered by top graduate business schools, we have built the program around four areas of unique competency: alternative assets, energy finance, real-time markets and trading, and investment portfolios. SMU Cox offers a specialized course in hedge funds, which is aligned with our Alternative Assets Management Center, and speciailized courses in energy risk management and energy project management, which connects with our Maguire Energy Institute. SMU Cox also utilizes the Kitt Trading Center in several courses including a course on markets and trading. The Kitt Trading Center is built around on-line and real-time trading and financial information processing. Finally, we connect some of our class applications to the management of the Cox and Underwood student-managed investment portfolios, which are real-time investment portfolios managed by Cox students.
The 30-hour SMU Cox MSF Program is taken on a full-time basis over four modules (two semesters). All SMU Cox graduate classes are offered in eight-week modules (half-semesters) with each class receiving two credit-hours. Each semester has two modules, Module A and Module B. The ideal applicant to our program will be familiar with the basic introductory subjects covered in finance, accounting, economics and statistics at the undergraduate level. But we also host a Summer Boot Camp that provides familiarity in these subjects before starting in the Fall. Ambitious students may also be able to make up deficiencies while in the program.
Sample Curriculum for Full-time MSF Students: