My Path To Success in MS Finance

Jiaojiao Li, MS Finance Graduate

Jiaojiao Li, Class of 2020

Derivatives Risk Co-op at Athene – Internship

I started my MS in Finance degree in the spring of 2019. When I started my graduate degree, I was working in risk management. I had challenges when I first started in the program. I got confused about course selection, didn’t know how to network with professionals, even didn’t know how to write a good résumé.

Looking back, the most important thing I want to share with you is: Be open-minded, reach out to veteran students, your professors, your program advisors and the Career Management Center. Be proactive.

Finding Success in MS Finance

Luckily, those problems were all solved, and I’ve learned so much. I became the teaching assistant and lab manager in the finance lab. I was honored to be elected as the president of the Graduate Finance Management Council as well.

Looking back, the most important thing I want to share with you is: Be open-minded, reach out to veteran students, your professors, your program advisors and the Career Management Center. Be proactive. They are always here for you. Check your emails every day; you will be surprised that they already know what problems you have and offer you various information sessions and workshops every week.

Trust me; you will have a wonderful experience here, enjoy!

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Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in Finance?

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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Build the skills to do rigorous analysis of financial information through various courses in managerial economics and financial analysis. These skills are in high demand across the corporate world and prized in government and not-for-profit sectors.

BS in Finance

Master’s Degree Programs

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Find the finance graduate degree that matches your interests. See a brief summary of each degree or click a program below for more information.

MS in Finance MS in Finance Technology and Analytics MS in Energy Management

PhD Concentration in Finance

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Develop strong research skills that are especially relevant for students interested in an academic career. Research seminars are held weekly, and each year the finance area sponsors a speaker series to bring researchers from other universities to UT Dallas.

PhD in Management Science, Finance Concentration