International finance degree programs are rare, but finance programs offered by international business schools may fulfill the objectives of students interested in this field. A Master of Finance program through an international business school integrates international finance topics into the general curriculum.
Schools with Finance Programs
The following schools nationwide offer courses in international finance:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$55,584|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$51,828|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$51,832|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$14,184 (in-state), $43,176 (out-of-state)|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$10,610 (in-state), $37,580 (out-of-state)|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$8,987 (in-state), $35,170 (out-of-state)|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, PhD||$10,681 (in-state), $35,456 (out-of-state)|
Sources: *NCES, School Websites
College Selection Criteria
Master of Business Administration programs commonly offer concentration areas in international finance, while Ph.D. programs are offered in both international finance and business administration with an international finance focus. Students interested in international finance programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Students may be able to take elective classes in global finance strategies and foreign markets.
- Undergraduate and graduate finance or business administration programs that offer international concentrations and elective courses will prepare students for a career in international finance.
- International internships and foreign language studies may help students find employment in the field upon graduation.
Bachelor's Degree in International Finance
Bachelor's degrees in either finance or international business are both advisable options for students interested in pursuing a career in international finance.
Master's Degree in International Finance
Master's programs in business and finance both commonly offer concentrations in international finance. Such programs generally require a thesis or capstone project. They may include international finance workshops and sometimes offer students internships or other practical work experience opportunities.
Ph.D. in International Finance
Ph.D. programs in international finance are designed for students who wish to obtain positions as academic lecturers, economists or professors. Seminars, research, coursework and a dissertation are common requirements for graduation. Students may also be required to teach undergraduate students, and they may be given internship opportunities. These programs typically take 4-6 years to complete.
Many of the schools offering Finance do not have a specific degree in International Finance; especially at the undergrad level, but do offer courses in international and multinational finance. It is advisable to take internships and foreign language courses when pursuing a career in finance abroad.