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Nine out of the ten schools listed in this article offer bachelor's degree options for studying finance, and seven of them offer master's or doctoral degree programs. Degree program minors are also available. While most degree programs offer finance as a concentration within a larger degree program in business administration, students can also choose a finance sub-specialization, such as insurance and risk management, corporate or business finance, real estate or banking.
All of the universities listed in this article are public or private not-for-profit institutions. Short overviews of their programs are provided below, along with a table summarizing the degree offerings and tuition info.
Located in Nashville, this university has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance program. Students learn the basics of investments, real estate, insurance and more. At its Massey Center for Financial Information, Belmont lets students manage actual investment funds in a trading classroom to gain practical experience; finance majors can also visit the Federal Reserve and Mercantile Exchange in Chicago. The university also has a Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in finance. MBA students are required to complete an international study abroad course.
East Tennessee State University
Found in Johnson City, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance with three specialization options: corporate finance and investments, real estate and banking. Core BBA requirements include courses in accounting, microeconomics, quantitative methods, decision science and management information systems, while courses needed for the finance major include financial analysis and policies, investments and portfolio valuation. The university also offers a minor in finance that includes courses in accounting, business finance and microeconomics.
This university, located in Nashville, offers BBA degrees in financial markets and financial management. Students study topics in debt, equity investments, accounting, internal control and managerial finance. The school also has an 18-credit finance minor that calls for courses in international economics and general finance; other requirements for the minor differ based on whether a student is pursuing a business major or a non-business major. Lipscomb's MBA program has an accounting and finance specialization, and students study investment valuation, financial statements and fund management. The graduate degree can also be pursued on nights and weekends.
Middle Tennessee State University
Found in Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has a BBA in Finance program that offers concentrations in business finance, financial institution management, real estate, and insurance. A minor in business administration is an automatic outcome that is built into the finance major. Courses in the bachelor's degree program cover investments, international financial management and managerial finance. A finance minor that includes courses in business finance and financial management is also available. Additionally, a Master of Science in Finance is offered with concentrations in corporate finance, general studies, or investments. A Master of Arts in Economics is offered with a concentration in Financial Economics, as well.
Southern Adventist University
Located in Collegedale, this university has a BBA in Financial Management degree as well as a finance minor program. To earn the major, students complete a 40-credit business administration core, along with courses in accounting and capital management and additional finance electives. Southern Adventist also offers graduate degrees. A 36-credit MBA with a finance emphasis is also offered.
Tennessee Technological University
This university is found in Cookeville, and it offers a bachelor's degree in finance. Students learn how to make good financial decisions using technology and computer applications. Courses in the program include managerial finance and investment. Finance students can participate in an investment challenge and a finance organization. Students who enroll in the MBA program at TTU can choose a concentration in finance. They may take investment challenge courses and/or study the topics of risk/insurance, corporate risk management and international finance.
University of Memphis
This Memphis university offers a major in finance and a minor in business finance at the undergraduate level. The BBA in Finance program has concentrations in banking/financial services, business finance, real estate and risk management/insurance. U of M also has a master's degree program in finance that provides courses in global financial management, advanced financial management and financial accounting for managers. Finally, the U of M doctoral program in finance requires students to complete research and develop a dissertation.
The University of Tennessee
Located in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee's main campus offers a bachelor's degree program in finance that allows students to choose a dual concentration option (12 credits each in two areas of focus) or a 'collateral' option (15 credits in the major area and nine in the collateral area). For example, a dual concentration is available in international business or internal auditing; collateral subjects that can be paired with finance include accounting, economics, information management, entrepreneurship, logistics and international business. The university also offers an MBA program with a finance concentration and a Ph.D. program that includes seminars in finance, corporate finance and asset pricing/markets.
The University of Tennessee - Martin
The University of Tennessee's campus in Martin provides both a bachelor's degree and a minor in finance. Bachelor's degree students complete 37 core credits covering topics such as accounting, information systems, management and economics. Students also take 30 credit hours in their major, which includes six required courses and three electives. Minor students study basic financial theories and practices.
Located in Nashville, this private university offers a Master of Science (MS) in Finance degree program that can be completed in nine months. Students can specialize in quantitative finance or corporate finance, and they may study financial accounting, financial economics and financial modeling.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Finance Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Belmont University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||BBA in Finance,
Professional MBA with finance concentration
|$30,000; $19,960 graduate tuition*|
|East Tennessee State University||4-year, public; small city||Minor in Finance,
BBA in Finance
|$8,153 in-state; $24,977 out-of-state*|
|Lipscomb University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Minor in Finance,
BBA in Financial Management or Financial Markets,
MBA with an accounting & finance concentration
$18,432 graduate tuition*
|Middle Tennessee State University||4-year, public; small city||Minor in Finance,
BBA in Finance,
MS in Finance,
MA in Economics with concentration in Financial Economics
|$8,080 in-state; $24,808 out-of-state
$9,018 in-state, $22,788 out-of-state graduate tuition*
|Southern Adventist University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Minor in Finance,
BBA in Financial Management,
MBA with a finance emphasis
$10,800 graduate tuition*
|Tennessee Technological University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Finance,
MBA with a concentration in finance
|$8,011 in-state; $23,443 out-of-state
$9,911 in-state, $24,031 out-of-state, graduate tuition*
|University of Memphis||4-year, public; large city||Minor in Business Finance,
BBA in Finance,
Master of Science (MS) in Business Administration in Finance,
Ph.D. in Business Administration in Finance
|$8,903 in-state; $20,615 out-of-state
$10,211 in-state, $18,994 out-of-state, graduate tuition*
|The University of Tennessee||4-year, public; midsize city||BSBA in Finance,
MBA with a finance concentration,
PhD in Business Administration in Finance
|$12,463 in-state; $30,856 out-of-state
$12,356 in-state, $30,544 out-of-state, graduate tuition*
|The University of Tennessee - Martin||4-year, public; remote town||Minor in Finance,
BSBA in Finance
|$8,326 in-state; $22,270 out-of-state*|
|Vanderbilt University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||MS in Finance,
Ph.D. in Finance
|$44,050 graduate tuition*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics