Top Masters in Finance Programs: School List

Jan 08, 2020

Learn about some of the top schools to offer master's degree programs in finance. Get program details and ranking information for three of these schools and see a list of several other strong options.

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Students desiring to earn a master's degree in finance can find programs at some of the top schools in the field. Learn about a handful of these schools and why their programs are considered the best.

A master's degree program in finance may combine business, economics, statistics, and mathematical practices and theories. Located on opposite sides of the country, Princeton University, the University of California - Berkeley, and Columbia University all offer top-rated programs in the field. They are highly ranked by publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

Princeton University in Princeton, NJ

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Princeton as the best national university in the country.

Princeton offers a Master of Finance degree through the Bendheim Center for Finance, a multidisciplinary research center with ties to the university's Department of Economics, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. The 2-semester program is designed for students with backgrounds in mathematics, physics, engineering or business. Students may specialize in financial engineering and risk management, financial technologies, or quantitative asset management and macroeconomic forecasting.

University of California - Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

University of California at Berkeley was ranked 8th (tie) on U.S News & World Report's 2020 listing of the best graduate business schools for finance. They also tied for 22th among all national universities in 2020.

The UC - Berkeley Haas School of Business offers a 1-year Master of Financial Engineering program. The curriculum, which focuses on mathematical, computer science and statistical methods, prepares students for careers in financial engineering, such as risk management, securities trading and investment banking. The program requires a 10-week internship and applied finance project.

Columbia University in Ithaca, NY

Columbia placed 4th on U.S. News and World Report's 2020 listing of the best schools to offer graduate programs in finance. The business school's finance and economics division offers a Master of Science in Financial Economics. This two-year program requires a six-week summer internship. Columbia also offers a Master of Science in Financial Engineering through the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as a Master of Arts in Mathematics of Finance offered by the Department of Mathematics.

Top Schools with Graduate Degree Programs in Finance

There are many other top schools with graduate schools in finance; for example:

School Name Distinction Location
Cornell University The Johnson School at Cornell has an endowment of $210 million and 65 corporate partners. Ithaca, NY
Harvard University Faculty members have received several awards and fellowships, have been appointed to the World Economic Forum, and have been recognized by publications such as The Review of Financial Studies. Cambridge, MA
Indiana University - Bloomington The school's finance department hosts a biennial financial research symposium. Bloomington, IN
University of California - Los Angeles In 2019, 100% of graduates from the Master of Financial Engineering program found jobs within six months. Los Angeles, CA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Students can access the Mitsui Life Financial Research Center, which focuses on global financial issues, and the Tozzi Electronic Business and Finance Center, which provides the experience of working on the trading floor. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #1 on its list of schools with the best graduate finance programs. Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Students are eligible to earn the McCombs Corporate Finance Fellowship, which is offered in cooperation with Intel. Austin, TX

A master's in finance is available from some of the top-ranking schools in the nation, including Princeton, UC Berkley, and Columbia. These programs are set apart for the unique resources they offer students.

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