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Schools with International Finance Programs: How to Choose

Dec 05, 2019

Students interested in international finance may pursue international business degrees or finance degrees with concentration areas in international studies. Finance programs are available in 4-year colleges and universities throughout the country, and international focuses may be found in Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. programs.

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.

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