Top Masters in Finance Programs

Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance - especially one from a recognized school - may prepare you to become a venture capitalist, bank executive, mutual fund manager or financial services consultant. Read on to find out what the top schools in this field are and what programs they offer. Schools offering Finance degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Top Master's Degree Program in Finance

Some business schools are nationally renowned for their finance programs, while others receive recognition on a regional level. Look for professors who also serve as financial consultants to businesses, government agencies and think tanks. The business school you choose should have ties with local or national businesses to provide you with finance internship opportunities. Additionally, top business schools typically host on-campus student organizations, such as non-profit consulting groups and investment funds, providing you with opportunities to hone your skills.

Three Top Finance Schools

New York University in New York, NY

Since its founding in 1831, New York University's student population has grown from 158 to more than 50,000. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's Leonard N. Stern School of Business third among finance programs in 2019 and 12th for best business schools in the same year. Finance students may enroll in a 2-year MBA program with a variety of options for specialization. Additionally, students may pursue master's degrees in global finance or risk management. Degree options include:

  • MBA in Banking
  • MBA in Corporate Finance
  • MBA in Finance
  • MBA in Financial Instruments and Markets
  • MBA in Financial Systems and Analytics
  • MBA in Quantitative Finance
  • Master of Science in Global Finance
  • Executive Master of Science in Risk Management

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

Since 1908, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management has been training business leaders from all over the world through its MBA program. In 2019, Northwestern University was ranked 12th by U.S. News & World Report for its finance program. You might earn one of the following degrees:

  • MBA in Finance
  • MBA in Analytical Finance

University of Texas at Austin

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin was ranked 11th among finance programs. In 2019, the school was ranked 19th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best business schools. Finance-related MBA programs include:

  • MBA in Finance
  • MBA in Corporate Finance
  • MBA in Private Equity Finance
  • MBA in Real Estate Finance
  • MBA in Investment Management
  • MBA in Energy Finance

More Top Schools with Finance Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 4-year, Private not-for-profit Philadelphia, PA$38,000
University of Chicago (Booth) 4-year, Private not-for-profit Chicago, IL$59,000
Columbia University 4--year, Private not-for-profit New York, NY$48,000
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Stanford, CA$51,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) 4-year, Private not-for-profit Cambridge, MA$55,000
University of California - Berkeley (Haas) 4-year, Public Berkeley, CA$14,000
University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson) 4-year, Public Los Angeles, CA$13,000
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ross) 4-year, Public Ann Arbor, MI$23,000
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Cambridge, MA$48,000
University of Rochester 4-year, Private Rochester, NY$40,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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