Financial analysts assess and provide guidance to businesses and individuals on different types of investments. This career field can be entered by completing a relevant undergraduate degree or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Top 10 Finance Schools
Students considering a career as a financial analyst have a number of highly-rated schools to choose from.
|University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016, Undergrad in- & out-of-state)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Postgrad certificate||$49,536|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Postgrad certificate||$47,750|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,856; $43,476|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,704|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,431; $38,139|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Undergrad certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806; $34,676|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$15,192; $44,365|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$50,665|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$8,591; $33,673|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Undergrad certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Postgrad certificate||$10,388; $33,741|
*Source: NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in financial analyst programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Graduates of an MBA program generally have a better chance of securing financial analyst positions than job candidates who hold only an undergraduate degree.
- The ranking of a school and its internship opportunities are two key criteria for selecting the right school.
- Potential MBA students may want to consider business schools that offer career placement services.
- Consider if the schools expose students to a rigorous curriculum supplemented by career services and job placement as they approach graduation.
Program quality is an important consideration when choosing a finance program, as a job applicant who has an undergraduate degree in finance from a top-ranked business school may be looked at just as favorably as an MBA graduate from an average-to-good business school. In addition to quality, prospective students may also want to consider factors such as location, career goals, and cost when selecting a school.