Best Banking Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools

Research strong schools with banking and finance programs. See rankings, locations and degree possibilities at some top schools to compare and make an informed education decision.

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Below, you can see more about two graduate programs that can prepare you for a career in retail banking, asset management or corporate finance. Most Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs offer banking courses as part of their finance concentrations. New York University (NYU) and Northwestern University offer two of the top MBA programs in the nation for a specialization in finance.

1. New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Up to three specializations - 9 credits each - are possible within the MBA programs; part-time, executive, full-time and global options are offered.

NYU, located in Manhattan, is a private university that was named the 32nd best national university and second-best U.S. business school for finance by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business offers a 2-year, full-time MBA program. Students can choose up to three concentrations from 23 specialized fields, including banking, financial instruments and markets, and corporate finance. Courses in the banking specialization cover central banks and monetary policy, the global banking market and investment banking law.

2. Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

School Highlight: The Finance Department's Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) track within the MBA helps students determine the right career path.

Northwestern is another well-known university with global recognition, including a 21st place ranking among world universities by Times Higher Education in 2015. The Kellogg School of Management, located in Evanston, was ninth in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of top business schools for finance in 2015.

The business school's full time, 24.5-credit MBA program can be completed in two years. Aside from the nine credits of required courses, students choose 2-3 areas of concentration. The finance concentration offers courses in banking, such as security analysis, investment banking and derivatives. Students also can choose to participate in the business school's international exchange programs, which are offered in various countries, including Australia, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland.

Top Banking and Finance Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Carnegie Mellon University A 1-month orientation, BaseCamp, immerses new MBA students in academic and career planning Pittsburgh, PA
Cornell University Six dual degrees that can be matched with the MBA are among the options at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management Ithaca, NY
Dartmouth College The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth offers an MBA with independent study and research-to-practice seminars Hanover, NH
Duke University MBA study options include daytime, weekend executive, global executive and cross continent, plus joint degree possibilities with disciplines such as medicine, law, public policy, and environmental management; Ph.D. is also available Durham, NC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Finance (MFin) degree includes a 3-week 'ProSeminar' that pairs students with industry professionals to solve real business problems and present their solution Cambridge, MA
University of California - Los Angeles Anderson School of Management offers a finance track with further specialization options such as real estate, investment management, global management and entertainment Los Angeles, CA
University of Maryland - College Park Robert H. Smith School of Business offers finance specialization along with joint degree and/or evening and weekend options College Park, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MBA program at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School include global immersion electives and a state-of-the-art capital markets lab Chapel Hill, NC

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