School and Ranking Information
In Nashville, TN, schools, finance can be offered as a standalone program or as an area of concentration in a business administration program, most commonly at the master's degree level. The following three universities are considered the top Nashville schools for business finance degrees based on rankings, location and graduation rates:
- Winner: Vanderbilt University is the winner because it is the largest school in Nashville awarding degrees in finance. It also has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio, the highest graduation rate and awards the highest number of finance degrees among the three schools. It offers master's degrees in the field.
- Runner Up #1: Belmont University's regional and program rankings and graduation rates help to make it the first runner up. Its finance programs include both bachelor's and master's degree options.
- Runner Up #2: Lipscomb University awards the second-highest number of degrees in finance and is also a highly ranked regional school, which places it in the third spot. It also offers both bachelor's and master's degrees related to finance.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Vanderbilt University||Belmont University||Lipscomb University|
|Ranking|| #17 national university,
#30 graduate business school,
#30 finance school*
| #7 regional university in the South,
#194 undergraduate business program,
#188 part-time MBA program
|#20 regional university in the South|
|Location||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)||$41,896 (graduate)**|| $26,130 (undergraduate),
| $24,754 (undergraduate),
|Finance Degree Levels Offered||Master's degree||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degree|
|Finance Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||91**||7**||11**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||92%**||67% (27% transfer-out rate)**||56%**|
|Noteworthy||Offers a 9-month intensive option||Each year students visit the Federal Reserve and Chicago Mercantile Exchange||College is home to the Eta Mu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, which is a national business honor society|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Vanderbilt University
- Most students have substantial work experience
- All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships
- Ranked as the #11 best value school, according to U.S. News & World Report
The Master of Science in Finance at Vanderbilt University is 32 credits. The program commences with a 1-week introductory course, and the academic calendar is based on a modular (mods) system that lasts for seven weeks. Within the program, one semester is equal to two mods. Required courses in program include financial economics, financial modeling, corporate valuation and derivatives markets. Electives offer students an opportunity to learn about corporate financial policy, bond and equities markets, real estate development and negotiation.
Runner Up #1: Belmont University
- The Massey Center for Financial Information was Tennessee's first educational financial trading classroom
- Ranked as the #2 up-and-coming school, according to U.S. News & World Report
- Offers a customized MBA program that can be completed anywhere from 18 months to four years
Students at Belmont University can pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in finance. The bachelor's degree features core business courses in international business, marketing, management, ethics and strategic management. Finance courses include investment portfolio management, corporate finance, international capital markets and business finance. The Massey Center for Financial Information offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in overseeing investment portfolios.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program features a corporate finance and finance concentration. The MBA program is 34 credits and includes courses in financial management, international business, marketing management, leadership and organizational behavior. Students must complete 24 credits of core courses and 10 credits within their concentration.
Runner Up #2: Lipscomb University
- College is accredited through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Students have an opportunity to participate in Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge
- Finance majors who have at least a 3.0 GPA can apply MFPTM Master Financial Professional designation through the American Academy of Financial Management
The Department of Finance and Economics at Lipscomb University offers two tracks of study in the bachelor's degree program - financial markets and financial management. Students enrolled in the financial markets track are prepared for careers in financial services, while those in the financial management track prepare for careers in corporate finance. Both tracks include courses in personal finance, debt and derivatives, corporate governance, investment fund analysis, investment fund management and managerial finance.
The finance concentration within the MBA program features courses in investment valuation, financial statement analysis and investment fund management. Students have an opportunity to complete courses on the nights and weekends.