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Master of Science in Finance

Overview

Mays Business School’s Master of Science in Finance program is expanding. Beginning fall 2014, we will offer two new tracks of study: the General Track and the Commercial Banking Track. A third new track, the Trading, Risk, and Investments Program (TRIP) Track, will launch fall 2015. Applications for all three programs are now open.

General Track

The General Track is a 12-month, 36-hour MS-FINC program. Admission is fall only, with graduation the following August. This track is ideally suited for students with a technical background who desire efficient, specialized academic training in finance.

Eligibility and Application Process

General Track applicants must complete an undergraduate degree before beginning master’s level course work at Texas A&M. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude and a desire to work in the finance sector. A typical applicant will hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, economics, or other natural sciences. The General Track invites application from all undergraduate degree holders with excellent quantitative skills, both domestic and international.

Interested candidates can apply for fall 2014 admission at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=tamu-ms. Applications submitted before January 15, 2014, will receive priority and be eligible for early notification as well as financial aid. Applications submitted between January 15 and April 30, 2014, will be considered for remaining openings, if any. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 

Course of Study

The General Track curriculum provides intensive study in finance, with supporting coursework in accounting and economics. The course of study is a 12-month lockstep curriculum beginning in the fall of each academic year, ending the following summer.

Fall

Spring

Summer

Commercial Banking Track

The Commercial Banking Track is a 16-month, 36-hour program that includes a 3-hour internship and 6 hours of banking coursework. Admission is fall only, with graduation the following December. This program is targeted toward non-Mays students with technical undergraduate degrees who seek a career in commercial banking.

Eligibility and Application Process

The Commercial Banking Track is open only to successful applicants to the General Track who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates interested in this program should follow the application procedure for the General Track, which allows applicants to indicate an interest in the Commercial Banking Track. All admission decisions for this track are made by the Director of the Mays Commercial Banking Program.

Course of Study

The Commercial Banking Track curriculum provides intensive study in finance, with specialized courses in commercial bank management. The course of study is a 16-month (four-semester) lockstep curriculum beginning in the fall of each academic year, ending the following December.

Fall (Semester 1)

Spring (Semester 2)

Summer (Semester 3)

Fall (Semester 4)

TRIP Track

The Trading, Risk, and Investments Program (TRIP) prepares students for careers in trading, risk management, and investments through a combination of intensive coursework and two hands-on internships at companies who are members of the TRIP/Reliant Center Advisory Board. The TRIP Track is targeted to TAMU undergraduates majoring in finance, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or economics.  TRIP students receive two degrees, an undergraduate degree in their major and a Master of Science in finance. Candidates apply for both TRIP and the MS-FINC program at the beginning of the fall semester during which they will accrue 61-75 completed undergraduate credits, typically the fall of the junior year. Applicants accepted into the TRIP Track will spend two years completing their undergraduate degree and TRIP requirements (including their first internship), entering graduate school study in the second fall semester after applying. 

Eligibility and Application Process

The TRIP Track is open only to TAMU undergraduate TRIP students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students apply to TRIP and the MS-FINC Trip Track during the fall of the junior year.  TRIP applications are evaluated first, and successful candidates are admitted to TRIP on a conditional basis. To gain admission to the MS-FINC TRIP Track, conditional TRIP admits must

For more information about applying to TRIP, visit http://mays.tamu.edu/trip/.  To apply for fall 2015 admission to the MS-FINC Trip Track, visit https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=tamu-ms.

Course of Study

The TRIP Track curriculum provides course preparation for careers in trading and investments, with distinctive internship opportunities at participating advisory board member firms. The 16-month curriculum begins in the fall semester two years after application and ends the following December. After the first semester, the course of study depends on whether the internship falls during the spring or summer semester.

Summer Internship

Spring Internship

Fall (Semester 1)

ACCT 640 Accounting Concepts and Procedures I
ECON 607 Foundations of Microeconomic Theory
FINC 629 Financial Management I
FINC 632 Investment Management
FINC 642 Analysis of Money and Capital Markets

Spring (Semester 2)

  • ECON 611 Foundations of Macroeconomic Theory
  • FINC 645 International Finance
  • FINC 689 Valuation
  • FINC 660 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FINC 684 Internship

Summer (Semester 3)

  • FINC 684 Internship Advisory Board Presentation
  • FINC 630 Financial Management II
  • FINC 665 Derivative Securities
  • FINC 645 International Finance
  • Advisory Board Presentation

Fall (Semester 4)

  • FINC 647 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINC 689 Advanced Investments
  • FINC 644 Funding New Ventures
  • FINC 647 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINC 689 Advanced Investments

For Advising information on these programs, please contact:

Lois Carter, Associate Director
Graduate Programs
lcarter@mays.tamu.edu
979-862-2313