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Texas State University

M.S. in Quantitative Finance & Economics

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The ever-growing role of advanced math and statistical techniques in leveraging financial and economic data has become increasingly important in all sectors of industry. As a result of market needs, the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University has developed a new master of science in quantitative finance and economics program to ensure graduates develop complementary skills in economic theory, financial analysis, programming and their practical application.

Why Texas State University

This unique program is one of only a few in the state of Texas and will keep graduates competitive in the expanding employment market. The M.S. in quantitative finance and economics: 

  • is a STEM-designated program 
  • offers a thesis/non-thesis option 
  • emphasizes essential programming skills
  • is led by renowned faculty 
  • offers scholarship and assistantship opportunities


“Texas State is the only school to offer this combination of finance and economics, along with data analysis tools that are useful in analyzing data for business as well as government and nonprofit entities.” 


— Dr. Janet Payne, Program Coordinator


Job Prospects

An M.S. in quantitative finance and economics can prove to be pivotal in helping you establish a career or advance one. There is strong projected growth in occupations in which quantitative finance and economic skills are highly valuable.

  • Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to increase by 19% for economists. (Texas Workforce Commission)
  • Job growth is expected to increase by 18% over the next decade for financial analysts. (Texas Workforce Commission)
  • Job growth for financial manager positions is projected to reach 30% over the next 10 years. (Texas Workforce Commission)

Job prospects include careers such as:

  • economist
  • business analyst
  • financial manager
  • quantitative risk analyst
  • financial analyst