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

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Top schools around the U.S. offer training for aspiring bankers through Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, many of which offer banking courses as part of their finance concentrations. Relevant Master of Science programs and Master of Finance programs are also available.

There are a variety of graduate programs that can prepare you for a career in retail banking, asset management, or corporate finance. New York University, Northwestern University, and Carnegie Mellon University offer some of the top finance-focused business programs in the country, as ranked for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

New York University in New York, NY

New York University, located in Manhattan, is a private university that was named the 36th-best national university and the 3rd-best U.S. business school for finance for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business offers a two-year, full-time MBA program, though part-time, executive, and global options are offered as well. Students can choose up to three nine-credit 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.

Northwestern in Evanston, IL

Northwestern University is another well-known school with national recognition, ranking 12th on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities for 2017. The Kellogg School of Management, located in Evanston, was 10th in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of top business schools for finance in 2017.

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 two to three areas of concentration. The finance concentration offers courses in banking, such as security analysis, investment banking, and derivatives. The finance department's Investment Banking and Capital Markets track within the MBA helps students determine the right career path. Students can also choose to participate in the business school's international exchange programs, which are offered in various countries, including Australia, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland.

Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA

For 2017, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked #18 among business schools for finance and tied for #24 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University offers an MBA program that includes a variety of banking-related courses such as finance, accounting, and managing networks and organizations. Students can participate in a one-month orientation called BaseCamp that immerses new MBA students in academic and career planning. Another option at CMU is the Master of Science in Computational Finance program, which trains students through interdisciplinary studies in business, statistics, and math.

Top Banking and Finance Schools

A few other institutions offer strong programs in banking and finance that are notable for distinguishing factors:

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

There are a variety of graduate banking programs available through top business schools, including New York University, Northwestern University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Students can find Master of Science and Master of Finance Programs, as well as MBA programs with finance concentrations.

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