Southern Methodist University Masters in Finance Update – May 2020

SMU Cox Masters in Finance

Texas has a number of quality MSF programs for students to choose from and the Southern Methodist University Masters in Finance ranks as one of the top choices among students. The program has been around for a number of years now and continues to grow and mature. It has been a little while since I last checked in on this MSF and I think it is far overdue for an update. Check out below for a refreshed summary of the program.


The SMU program is a 32 credit hour masters in finance, with both a full time and part time option. All graduate classes are offered in eight-week modules (half-semesters) with each class receiving two credit-hours. The program also offers an online summer bootcamp for students who want to pursue a MSF, but need some preparation before jumping in. The SMU MSF also includes applied leadership opportunities as well as a practicum in portfolio management. Both of these activities incorporate real world application the subject matter taught in the masters program.

Class Profile

The class profile is as follows:

  • Class Size – 62 students
  • Average GPA – 3.3
  • Average GMAT – 626
  • Average GRE – 310
  • International – 24%


The SMU Cox program requires roughly the same things as many other schools. Resume, completed application, GMAT/GRE, application essay and references. The school does have two things I want to bring to your attention that is slightly different and might be of importance to anyone applying:

  1. No GMAT/GRE for SMU undergraduates
  2. References – Only the name and contact information required – no written references

Tuition for the program is $52,724. This is a relatively modest tuition for a MSF program.

The next application deadline for the final, fifth round is August 2, 2020.

Career Outcomes

The Souther Methodist MSF program has a list of employers for full time as well as internships for the Masters in Finance program. This is pretty helpful and you will see a number of big name firms on here. SMU has a great reputation and I think it reflects in the placements.

  • AEW Capital Management
  • American Airlines
  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Bloomberg
  • Capital One
  • Comerica
  • Deloitte
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FedEx
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Regions Bank
  • Southwest Bank
  • Steria Consulting
  • Stout Risius Ross

As mentioned, this is not the entire list, but a ton of well known banks, energy firms and consulting agencies. The program has an annual NYC trip for networking and the career services office seems plugged in with the program. I will see if I can get some more information.

That is all for the update right now. As you can see, a bunch of good things going on down in Texas. I have reached out for some additional information that I will add to this post or make another (depends). Keep checking back for updates.


Here is a link to the Southern Methodist University Masters in Finance Program


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