What Are the Top Schools for a Financial Planning Master's Degree?

A master's degree in financial planning may lead to a career as a financial planner, financial consultant or financial adviser. Learn about three of the top schools offering a master's degree in financial planning, which were selected based on national rankings and program offerings. Schools offering Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Financial Planning School?

When considering a master's degree in financial planning program, students should evaluate schools that have highly ranked MBA programs. Top schools will also offer research opportunities in a variety of areas within the field, as well as specialized financial planning coursework. Below are three top schools offering a master's degree in financial planning.

What Are Three Top Financial Planning Schools?

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance. In 2018, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Wharton's full-time MBA program #2 in the nation, and in 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked Wharton the #1 school for graduate business programs and #1 for graduate business programs in finance. At Wharton, the first collegiate business school, students can choose core and elective classes to meet their career goals.

  • Master of Business Administration in Finance

Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard University confers a Master of Business Administration in Finance. The school was ranked #3 among all graduate business schools in 2019, according to U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, U.S. News ranked Harvard's graduate business program in finance #7 in the nation in 2019. In the MBA program, students are encouraged to study and practice leadership principles and participate in business research.

  • Master of Business Administration in Finance

Columbia University in New York, NY

Students at Columbia University can earn a Master of Business Administration in Finance. The school was ranked #6 in the nation among all business schools in 2019, and its graduate business programs in finance were ranked #4 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. The MBA in Finance program prepares students for careers in corporate finance, financial consulting and asset management.

  • Master of Business Administration in Finance

Ten Top Schools With Finance Master's Degrees

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Chicago (Booth)4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$57,700
New York University (Stern)4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$42,800
Stanford University4-year, PrivateStanford, CA$50,700
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$51,500
University of California, Berkeley (Haas)4-year, PublicBerkeley, CA$11,400
University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)4-year, PublicLos Angeles, CA$11,400
Northwestern University (Kellogg)4-year, PrivateEvanston, IL$54,100
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ross)4-year, PublicAnn Arbor, MI$23,100
University of Rochester (Simon)4-year, PrivateRochester, NY$39,600
University of Texas, Austin (McCombs)4-year, PublicAustin, TX$11,700

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

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