Banking Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Students earning a degree with a banking emphasis can find programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. When selecting schools, students should look at courses offered, degree types and available opportunities for internships.

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Banking education is available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels at many schools. These degrees are aimed at students wishing to pursue finance-related careers.

Schools with Banking Programs

These banking schools all have programs in banking and finance.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D. $8,759 in-state; $20,519 out-of-state
University of North Texas Dallas, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D. $7,650 in-state; $19,549 out-of-state
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D. $11,814 in-state; $25,254 out-of-state
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,208; $19,104 out-of-state
St. John's University - New York Queens, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $38,680
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $47,750

'Sources: National Center for Educational Statistics'

School Selection Criteria

There are a few points that students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in banking may wish to consider when choosing a school.

  • Students interested in the managerial aspects of banking and financial management will want to find a school that offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.).
  • More finance-oriented students should look at schools with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in banking, finance or related fields, which focus on the fundamentals of banking in financial institutions
  • Students who want to focus on banking-related research should consider a Ph.D. program in finance with a specialization in banking.
  • Students interested in internship or practicum opportunities should consider schools that have partnerships with banks.

Bachelor's Degrees in Banking

Undergraduates can enroll in B.S. or B.B.A. programs in banking and finance. B.S. programs are typically wide-ranging, combining liberal arts coursework with more focused studies in business and economics. Professional B.B.A. programs are intended to prepare graduates for immediate employment in the finance industry, so they cover key topics in the day-to-day operations of banks in addition to foundational financial concepts. Many programs also provide real-world training through internships at banks.

Master's Degrees in Banking

At the master's degree level, there are M.S. programs in banking and finance, M.B.A. programs with a specialization in banking and professional master's degree programs. M.S. programs help students build the analytical and strategic thinking skills needed for success in management positions at financial institutions. M.B.A. programs provide students with a core of advanced business coursework, and students who choose the banking specialization will also take courses in commercial and investment banking, global banking and monetary policy. Another degree option is a Master of International Banking, which focuses specifically on global finance.

Ph.D. Degrees in Banking

Ph.D. programs in finance often allow students to specialize their studies in banking. Doctoral research in banking typically combines economics theory with statistical analysis. Graduates are prepared for academic research and university-level teaching positions.

There are many schools that offer business banking education. Students should consider degree levels, course options and possible internships or practicum opportunities when choosing between programs.

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