Top School in Salt Lake City for a Finance Degree

School and Ranking Information

The handful of schools in Salt Lake City with degrees in finance include 2-year community colleges, for-profit universities and 4-year not-for-profit schools. Based on programs offered and rankings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for finance degrees:

  • Winner: University of Utah is the one of the few 4-year public institution in Salt Lake City with degrees in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in finance.

School Info Chart

Category University of Utah
Rankings Tied for #129 for National Universities (2015), Tied for #51 Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014), #63 Best Graduate Business Schools (2014)*
Location Salt Lake City, UT
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $7,457 (in-state), $23,736 (out-of-state)**
Finance Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Finance Degrees Awarded (Bachelor's and Master's) in 2013 143**
Most Popular Finance Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (104 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 60%**
Noteworthy Master of Science in Finance program ranked #47 by Financial Engineer magazine***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Utah

University of Utah

  • The business school has a cutting-edge building of close to 200,000 square feet that was just finished in 2013
  • The School of Business has had accreditation with the AACSB since 1933
  • The University of Utah is top-ranked for its research contributions to getting start-up businesses going

The University of Utah is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state, as well as being Utah's flagship university. It serves more than 32,000 students and features more than 100 total programs. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The business school's undergraduate finance major includes required major courses such as financial reporting, investments and global coursework. Students pick three electives from numerous areas such as insurance and real estate.

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree program prepares students for job opportunities in investment and financial management. It requires students to complete 30 semester credits, which can be completed in nine months of full-time study. The program prepares a student for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and provides coursework for both phases of the examination.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program with a finance specialization takes approximately 4-5 years of full-time study to complete. There are 7 total finance major area courses, with some including economics, pricing and management research. Students spend the first 2 years of the Ph.D. doing coursework and begin a thesis starting in the program's third year.

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