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Plane Crash Survivor Optimistic for Future After Graduation
Balancing Olympic Dream and Finance Career
UST Student Connects the World Through Economics
Lebanese Mother Finds Future in Finance
Plane Crash Survivor Optimistic for Future After Graduation

At the age of 16, Kechi Okwuchi survived a plane crashed that killed 107 people. Now an economics graduate, she spoke at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, allaying fellow students’ fears, saying, “It’s okay to not know what the next step is.” Read more

Balancing Olympic Dream and Finance Career

Mark Lopez thanks the school of hard knocks for his 2008 Olympic silver medal in Taekwondo and he credits UST for preparing him to become a certified financial planner at UBS. Read more

UST Student Connects the World Through Economics

Growing up in Brazil, then moving to Angola before finally moving to Houston to attend the University of St. Thomas, Maria Isabel Buambua

already understands how incredibly globalized the world is and wants to see cooperation between countries improved. Buambua plans to bridge countries together through their finances and economics. Read more


Lebanese Mother Finds Future in Finance

Because University of St. Thomas is in the large, international city of Houston, the diversity of cultures is well represented on campus. Karmen Rouhana, a recent graduate originally from Lebanon, discovered this diversity when she returned to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics from UST’s Cameron School of Business. Read more

The Department of Economics and Finance offers four degree programs:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance/Master of Business Administration (BBA/MBA)
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Additionally, the department also offers minors for undergraduate students in economics and finance.

BBA in Finance
The finance degree program provides a solid body of theoretical and practical knowledge of domestic and international finance in the areas of corporate finance, risk management, investments, portfolio management, financial markets, financial planning, financial forecasting and financial institutions. The program prepares students for careers in the field of finance including:

  • Commercial banking
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Portfolio management
  • Post-baccalaureate study in business or law.  

BBA in Economics
The economics degree program exposes students to social science concepts central to business and governmental decision-making, society’s allocation of resources, international relations among competing economies and ethics in commerce. The economics program encompasses micro and macroeconomics, international economics, money and banking, labor markets, cost benefit analysis, economic development and theory. Career opportunities for economics majors include the following:

  • Consulting
  • Commercial banking
  • Investment banking
  • Economic research

Master of Science in Finance
Beginning Fall 2013, the Cameron School of Business will offer the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree. The MSF is designed to serve the needs of working professionals in the finance field. It also prepares candidates for taking the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Careers after graduation include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Commercial bank manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Financial consultant
  • Business valuation analyst
  • Portfolio analyst
  • Foreign exchange analyst
  • Real estate developer

Excluding proficiency courses, MSF students are required to take 30 credit hours in the program. This includes 24 credit hours of core courses and six credit hours of elective courses. The maximum number of proficiency courses required for students without prior business courses is 10.5 credit hours.

Degree Programs
Economics, BBA
Finance, BBA
BBA/MBA (five-year)

Finance, MSF

Undergraduate Minors

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Dr. Joe Ueng, CFA, LIFA, Chair and Cullen Foundation Chair of Finance

Dr. S. Gulfem Bayram
Dr. Pierre Canac
Dr. Shabnam Lutafali
Dr. Roger Morefield
Dr. Hassan Shirvani

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