School and Ranking Information
Finance studies offered in Baltimore schools can be standalone programs or areas of concentration in business programs. The following schools are considered the top three for finance programs in Baltimore based on rankings, levels of study and number of degrees awarded in the field of study:
- Winner: Loyola University Maryland is named to the top spot because of its national and regional rankings. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs related to finance.
- Runner Up #1: Johns Hopkins University is the first runner up because of its overall national ranking and because it awards the highest number of graduate degrees in finance in Baltimore. It also has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among the three institutions. Its finance programs are found at the master's level.
- Runner Up #2: Placing third is Morgan State University. This school, which offers an undergraduate major in finance, is the only public institution among the three schools and awards the most bachelor's degrees in finance in the city.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Loyola University Maryland||Johns Hopkins University||Morgan State University|
|Rankings||#3 (tie) Best Regional Universities in the North (2015)*||#12 among Best National Universities (2015)*||#15 (tie) among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2015)*|
|Location||Baltimore, MD||Baltimore, MD||Baltimore, MD|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $43,250
|Graduate: $45,470**||Undergraduate: $7,218 (in-state),
|Finance Degree Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's||Master's||Bachelor's|
|Finance Degree Awarded (All Levels) in 2012-2013||9 (undergraduate finance degrees not reported)**||143**||23**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2007 Entering Class||84%**||93%**||34%**|
|Noteworthy||Both undergraduate and graduate finance programs ranked #15 among national universities (2014)*||Global MBA program named among the 10 most innovative business school programs by Forbes***||MSU hosts a chapter of the national financial honor society, Beta Alpha Psi, and a Finance Club|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Johns Hopkins University
Winner: Loyola University Maryland
- Internship opportunities in finance are available at large area businesses, such as AT&T and Blue Cross-Blue Shield
- The Sellinger School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
- Finance faculty have published in the most famous finance journals in the U.S.
Loyola University Maryland has two levels of finance degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance and a Master of Science in Finance. Topics addressed in the curriculum include global finance, terminology, ethics and financial theories. Finance internships count for three credit hours and often lead to employment after graduation. The part-time master's program holds classes at night and is designed for working professionals. Graduate classes include financial markets, portfolio management, risk management, investment management and valuation.
Runner-Up #1: Johns Hopkins University
- 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Students can join the Carey Finance Club for networking purposes
- Carey Business School has its own career services office to assist students with job and internship searches
The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University offers a Master of Science in Finance. Students have the option of part-time or full-time enrollment, depending on their professional experience and career standing. Coursework includes financial modeling, corporate finance, investments and financial institutions. A 3-year flexible MBA program is also available with a concentration in financial businesses.
Runner-Up #2: Morgan State University
- The Graves School of Business and Management is accredited by AACSB International
- Co-op and internship opportunities in finance available
- Students with academic promise may be a part of the school-specific financial honor society, which provides valuable workshops, activities and career development opportunities
Morgan State University's Graves School of Business and Management offers a Bachelor of Science in Finance with tracks in general finance and international finance. Students will take courses in accounting, money and banking, international finance, portfolio management and security analysis. Economics, business communication and organizational behavior are other core courses taken in this program.