Texas Tech University

Master of Science in Finance

The Rawls College Master of Science in Finance program provides graduates with the expertise needed to lead in the financial sector. Through our one-year, 30-hour program, learn how to make informed financial decisions and evaluations, balance the relationship between risk and return, and evaluate financial data through advanced proficiency in spreadsheets and databases. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the many fields of finance, including corporate finance, security analysis and valuation, investment management, commercial and investment banking, real estate analysis and investments, and more.

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Current Rawls College Students

Texas Tech undergraduate finance students can apply to our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program and begin graduate coursework while completing their bachelor's degree.

Explore the Accelerated BBA to MS in Finance Program »

program highlights



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Student Managed Investment Fund

Students have the opportunity to manage an equity portfolio with a market value of approximately $2.8 million through the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), a security valuation and portfolio management practicum course.

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High Job Placement Rates

More than 94 percent of our graduates are employed full-time within six months of graduation. Many begin their careers with leading organizations such as AT&T, City Bank, Edward Jones, Fidelity Investments, HP, McKesson, TD Ameritrade and more.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Students are considered for competitive scholarships as part of their application.

Learn more about the MS Finance program.

Cutting Edge Curriculum

With a balanced blend of research and real-world applications, our comprehensive curriculum will help you master the principles of finance. Upon graduation, you will have the competitive knowledge and skills sought-after by prominent employers as they identify future leaders and executives.

Core classes include foundational building blocks for today's finance professionals:

Advanced Financial Methods

Corporate Finance

Financial and Managerial Accounting

Financial Management Case Analysis

Fixed Income

Fundamentals of Real Estate

Options and Futures

Relationship Management for Financial Services

Seminar in Bank Management

Seminar in Security Analysis and Investments

Statistical concepts for Business and Management



customized learning experience


In addition to developing a standard body of knowledge in finance, students may choose one of two areas of concentration.

Commercial Bank Management

The commercial banking concentration prepares students for a successful career in commercial banking by providing a comprehensive understanding of modern banking operations and practices.

Core classes include:

  • Advanced Financial Methods
  • Internship in Finance
  • Real Estate Analysis
  • Relationship Management for Financial Services
  • Seminar in Bank Management
  • Seminar in Credit and Lending

Investment Management

The investment management concentration provides students with the knowledge needed to succeed in the competitive field of investment management.

Core classes include:

  • Advanced Financial Methods
  • Internship in Finance
  • Relationship Management for Financial Services
  • Seminar in Investment Management
  • Student Managed Investment Fund



Our finance faculty members are dedicated teachers and highly regarded researchers advancing scholarship in the finance discipline. Their areas of expertise include mutual funds/hedge funds, market efficiency, real estate finance and investments, corporate finance, market microstructure, financial regulation and reform, commercial banking and more.

Meet our faculty »

class profile

Fall 2018 Admitted Class Profile: Average age was 26 years, 81% male, 19% female
Fall 2018 Admitted Class Profile: Ethnicity was 19% international, 81% domestic

supporting your success

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Rawls Career Management Center

Whether you are looking to switch careers or advance on your current path, the Rawls Career Management Center (CMC) is dedicated to supporting your success. The CMC staff can help you explore professions and industries, learn strategic career advancement techniques, and connect you with top employers.

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Techsan Connection

The Techsan Connection is a free, online platform for Texas Tech alumni. Through the platform, alumni can apply for jobs, reconnect with fellow classmates, network with industry professionals and volunteer to mentor current students.

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We invite you to meet a few of our graduates who have followed their passions, built outstanding careers and serve as leaders in today's business world.

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❝ During the program at Texas Tech, several professors made a lasting impact on my life. They gave me reasons to push forward and the skills to succeed. ❞

Cristina Stancu
MS in Finance, 2016

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❝ The MSF program at Texas Tech equipped me with the tools and knowledge required to enter the commercial real estate industry. The faculty was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and genuinely interested in seeing the students grow and prosper. The Career Management Center proved to be a wonderful and vital resource that helped me achieve my dream of working in the commercial real estate industry. ❞

Luke Goebel
MS in Finance, 2015




The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree. We will work closely with you to ensure your application process is personal, simple and successful.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. A complete application consists of the following items, to be received by the noted deadlines:

Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from any degree-awarding college or university, as well as any post-secondary institution attended.


Applicants must submit a detailed current resume, indicating professional work experience—including start and end dates (month and year) for each position held. Provide accomplishments and skills acquired, including managerial experience.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two formal letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in an academic capacity.


Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay outlining personal goals and experiences, past challenges, and any other relative information they would like the admissions team to consider.

GMAT or GRE Scores (Optional)

We don't have a set minimum or maximum requirement for test scores. We review students holistically, taking the application in its entirety into consideration.

English Proficiency for International Students

All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. Only your most recent measure of English proficiency is considered for admission purposes. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to non-Texas Tech students and Texas Tech alumni. If you are a current finance undergraduate student at Rawls College interested in pursuing your MS in Finance, view application requirements and deadlines for the accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program.


April 15


December 5

International students are encouraged to apply at least six months in advance when possible.

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