Top 50 Finance Schools
Study.com did the research on the finance degrees offered by colleges and universities nationwide to compile this list of the top 50 schools. Some of the factors involved in choosing these schools include programs offered, school and program rankings, distinguished faculty, graduation and employment rates, and internship and research opportunities. Read up on the programs offered and some of the highlights of our top 50 schools for earning a degree in finance.
1. Grove City College
Grove City College in Pennsylvania wins our top spot on the finance school list. Through its Department of Accounting & Finance, students can earn a B.S. in Finance or choose dual B.S. in Accounting and Finance. The department helps connect students to learning opportunities. For example, 75% of students in this department complete a professional internship with companies like General Electric, JP Morgan, and Charles Schwab. The department also has a high employment rate - in 2017, 96% of graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months. Of interest to students double-majoring, in 2017, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) ranked Grove City as #9 for Certified Public Account (CPA) pass rates in mid-sized schools.
2. University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Finance is dedicated to students’ futures. This Cedar Rapids school offers four emphasis options for their B.A. in Finance program: personal wealth management, investments, financial management, and financial institutions. The B.A. in Finance curriculum meets the requirements to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification, so graduates can jump into the career world. Additional opportunities available at UNI include study abroad programs supported by the Scholarships and Fly Free program and a CFA Institute program, which prepares finance majors for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 certification exam. You could also choose to enroll on their undergraduate certificate program in financial analysis or and financial and real estate sales.
3. University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming has one undergraduate and several graduate finance programs, including a B.S. and an M.S. in Finance, an MBA in Finance, and a Certified Financial Planner Certificate. The Department of Accounting and Finance gives students diverse learning perspectives through its weekly seminar series with guest speakers, and students can prepare for life after college by taking advantage of beneficial career fairs and job opportunities (offered through the resources of the Peter M. & Paula Green Johnson Career Center).
4. Kansas State University
Studying for a B.S. in Finance at Kansas State University is a wise choice if you’re planning for a career in finance, as the school boasts a remarkable employment rate among graduates. Within just three months, 99% of students obtain jobs! As an undergraduate student here, you have the opportunity to specialize in a subfield of finance, such as financial management, financial analysis, financial services, or financial controllership. Graduate students can choose either the finance track of either the Master of Accountancy or MBA programs.
Finance students at Kansas State can get real-world experience by collaborating on The Dennis and Sally von Waaden Student Investment Fund and participating in networking through the Student Finance Association. You could also get involved with the Career Development professional program, which involves three training components: Professional Advantage certification, Executive Mentor, and Career Coach.
5. College of Charleston
At the College of Charleston, you could earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in either finance or commercial real estate finance. On the graduate side, there’s an MBA with a focus in finance. The College of Charleston provides finance students with plenty of opportunities to make their educational path hands-on, through initiatives like the Carter Real Estate Center and the School of Business Investment Program.
Finance students are encouraged to complete internships. In past years, they have obtained prestigious internships with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and All State Insurance. Plus, they can further their training by completing a special program that includes the requisites to attain the CFA Institute Investment Foundations professional certificate.
6. Illinois State University
Illinois State University - home of the Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis, a hub for real world experience, mentorship, and training - is an excellent choice for students interested in studying finance in the Midwest. The school offers both a major in general finance and a minor in financial planning. Students can seek networking and hands-on training opportunities by joining the Illinois State Students in Finance (ISSF) or working with the school’s designated internship coordinators, who help about 350 students land internships each year!
After completing the major in finance, students are well prepared for employment or an MBA program. Graduates may also be prepared to seek professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
7. Western Washington University
Western Washington University’s Department of Finance and Marketing makes our list of top school because it offers two finance bachelor’s majors. Here, you can complete a B.A. in Business Administration with a finance concentration or a B.A. in Financial Economics. Students who complete prerequisite courses are eligible for finance internships, an invaluable part of their education. Western Washington University has a local chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA), a valuable networking program that offers resources for resume building and a guest speaker series.
8. Michigan Technological University
Michigan Tech offers a B.S. in Finance program that offers students the chance to complete research, compete in national competitions, and visit financial centers on field trips. The program has also been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program and can prepare students to sit for the CFA credentialing exams and launch their careers.
Michigan Tech offers an abundance of opportunities for finance students to strengthen their skills and career prospects, including the Applied Portfolio Management Program, the senior Business Development Experience, the Silicon Valley Spring Break Experience, and the Finance Club.
9. University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
UW-Tacoma’s Milgard School of Business offers a BABA in Finance that includes hands-on training and prepares students for the CFA Level 1 exam. Prospective finance majors must take business prerequisites and take a writing assessment to apply to the Business School and then begin the finance major curriculum, which has courses in business finance, organizational management, and strategic management. Milgard students can also choose to participate in ’Milgard Gold’ and earn a Business Professionalism Certificate, and graduates receive lifetime career support.
10. University of Maine
The Maine Business School at the University of Maine is accredited by the AACSB International and offers two undergraduate finance degree programs: a B.S. in Business Administration in Finance, which can prepare graduates for careers in investment banking, corporate finance, and financial research and a B.A. in Financial Economics, which is excellent preparation for a graduate program in finance or another field, like law. Finance students have access to school’s unique Gerard S. Cassidy ’80 Capital Markets Training Laboratory (CMTL), where they can experience the atmosphere of working on an investment firm trading floor.
11. North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Department of Economics & Finance has a BBA in Banking and Financial Economics that includes a practical business experience designed to make sure you are prepared for the competitive 21st century business world. You can seek internships for credit with the assistance of the Career Center’s Cooperative Education program, and you’ll have the chance to experience managing an investment portfolio through the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).
12. Salisbury University
The Economics and Finance Department at Salisbury University in Maryland offers a bachelor’s degree in finance with three specialization track options: corporate finance, financial planning, and investments. During your senior year, you can complete an internship and take part in the Practicum in Portfolio Management program in order to get practical hands-on experience.
Salisbury students are guaranteed to get real-world experience through the Applied Business Learning Experience they complete before beginning their senior year of studies. Apart from the degree curriculum, students can further delve into the finance world by joining the school’s student chapter of the Financial Management Association.
13. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion University’s College of Business Administration and Information Science has a BSBA in Finance with two track options (personal financial planning and corporate finance) as well as a fully online MBA program with a finance concentration. Students can register for a co-op and an internship for credit, and they may complete their work in loans, insurance, or banking. Clarion University is also home to a Financial Management Association student chapter.
14. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University’s School of Business offers seven undergraduate majors, one of them being a BSBA in Finance that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The coursework in this program is designed to help you further develop your interpersonal, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills, and you’ll also have opportunities for completing experiential learning and internships. Slippery Rock also offers a popular speaker series for all business students called Success Starts Here.
15. Radford University
You could pursue a BBA in Finance, with an optional concentration in insurance and real estate at Virginia’s Radford University. Finance students can join the Financial Management Association and the Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization. Business classes are taught in a state-of-the-art building that includes a ’trading room.’
16. Harding University
Arkansas’ Harding University has a BBA in Finance taught from a biblical perspective. The finance major requires a liberal arts core and a business core, plus finance coursework in commercial banking, investments, real estate, and international finance. Harding University has a plethora of activities for business and personal growth, such as international trips, student clubs, competitions, seminars, and career fairs.
17. Pittsburg State University
The Department of Economics, Finance and Banking at this Kansas school offers a BBA in Finance. Pitt State finance students could participate in activities like the PSU Finance Club and the CFA Institute Research Challenge. Pitt State finance students who would like to pursue a career in insurance can additionally complete a 12-credit certificate program, called the Kansas Insurance Certificate.
18. Northern State University
At Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, students can earn degrees in finance or banking and financial services. Bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degrees are available, and the NSU School of Business helps students make connections for internships in order to get real world experience during their program. The small class sizes allow students to get personalized attention from their instructors, and some course are available online as well as on campus.
19. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University offers a BSBA in Finance through its Grove College of Business. The finance major has several attractive qualities, including an optional Personal Financial Planning Concentration and opportunities to participate in the Business Internship Program and the Investment Management Program. At the graduate level, students can earn an MBA with a finance concentration (which is available both in part-time, full-time, and online formats) or could enroll in the fully online Finance Certificate program. Shippensburg students can also join the Investment Club and collaborate on the Ship Global Collegiate Fund management project.
20. University of Kansas
At the University of Kansas, you can earn a B.S. in Business in Finance, and the school reports that 67% of graduates are employed and have $53,000 median starting salary upon graduation. Majors in finance can apply for the Jennett Finance Scholars Program, which accepts 15-20 students each year. KU is also a top finance school because of its competitive Ph.D. in Finance program, which offers up to five years of assistantships and stipends. This doctoral program prepares students for an academic research career, starting with student research in the first year.
21. University of South Dakota
The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business offers a BBA in Finance, a finance minor, and an MBA in Finance, which is excellent training to edge into leadership positions. Finance students can participate in study abroad business programs in Japan, Australia, and Germany as well as join the school’s student chapter of the FMA, which organizes field trips and speaker series with well-respected business professionals. Other accomplishments by USD’s business program includes a higher-than-average pass rate of the Bloomberg Aptitude test.
22. Eastern Washington University
At this top finance school, you could earn a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in finance or an MBA with a finance emphasis through the College of Business and Public Administration. The college is accredited by the AACSB, and students have several opportunities to tailor their studies to their interests within finance by partaking in directed studies and professional internships.
23. University of Idaho
Boise area students may be interested in the B.S. in Finance degree program, offered through the AACSB-accredited College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho. Students can be sure they’re learning from the best, with internationally distinguished faculty. The finance program provides excellent career training through hands-on learning experiences, such as through the school’s trading room or groups like Idaho Entrepreneurs and the Davis Investment Group. Plus, about half of the business students go on to complete an internship!
24. University of North Dakota
Future finance professionals may want to enroll in UND’s BBA in Managerial Accounting and Finance or a BBA in Banking and Financial Economics. Both are 4-year, 120-credit programs accredited by AACSB International. The managerial accounting and finance program can lead to a career in strategic financial management or treasury management while the banking and financial economics degree is a good step to a job in financial management or risk analysis. UND has several options for students to get practical experience and training during their studies - for instance finance students can practice trading at the Lanterman Investment Center, try out management skills with the Student Managed Investment Fund, do research through projects undertaken by the Bureau of Business & Economic Research, or complete an internship with one of many local finance companies.
25. Grand Valley State University
If you choose this Grand Rapids, MI, school, you’ll have four finance BBA degree programs to choose from: investments, corporate finance, financial planning, and banking/financial institutions. Each program has its own set of required and recommended electives. Graduating with a specialized finance degree can be advantageous in pinpointing a career path. However, students who aren’t sure which aspect of this dynamic field they’d like the best can complete a general BBA in Finance, which can lead to more diverse career options.
26. University of Minnesota - Duluth
The University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus offers a total of three finance BBA programs through its Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE). You can choose from options in general finance, financial planning, and financial markets finance. The financial planning major is aligned with the requirements for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam.
UMD also has several options to help students gain experience while earning their degree, including the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Lab, where finance students work in a simulated million-dollar investment project. Another opportunity for practicing investments is through the Investment Club.
27. Murray State University
Murray State University offers a range of finance degree programs including bachelor’s degree programs in general finance, finance/financial planning, and finance/commercial bank management. You could also choose to pursue an accounting bachelor’s degree with either a general finance or financial planning concentration, an MBA with a finance concentration, or a M.S. in Economics with an emphasis in finance.
Murray State is home to the Center for Banking and Finance, which puts on various presentations and events throughout the year and also helps students gain connections for internships and full-time employment.
28. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
This school’s B.S. in Finance is offered through the Department of Finance and Legal Studies, and finance students could choose to add on an interdisciplinary pre-law minor. IUP finance students can take part in the Student Managed Investment Portfolio, gain experience through internships, and participate in finance competitions. In fact, students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania have won first place in past competitions. Furthermore, they can join the Investment Club and the Finance Association and attend activities such as Business Day.
29. University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
The Whitewater campus of the University of Wisconsin offers a bachelor’s degree in finance with multiple emphasis options - you could choose to focus on real estate, insurance, or financial planning. UW-Whitewater’s finance major is part of the CFP Institute University Recognition Program and prepares graduating students to sit for the CFP examination. If you’re looking for a graduate program, this school offers an MBA with an emphasis in finance that provides the necessary training for students to go on to attain Bloomberg certification. Students can get training through the Applied Investment Center, and after graduation, the employment rate is over 90%.
30. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
The Economics and Finance Department offers a finance minor as well as a B.S. in Finance. Instructors at this PA school use a variety of teaching methods to helps students gain an in depth understanding of financial concepts, including financial management, financial markets, and investments. Students could also choose to double major in finance and economics, which can be completed in four years and 120 credits.
31. University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Shidler College of Business offers a BBA in Finance with six focus options: Asian finance, real estate finance, investment management (CFA certification track), corporate finance, insurance & risk management, and financial services & planning (CFP certification track). Depending on their specialization choice, graduates may go into careers in personal finances, securities institutions, or financial institutions. Shidler students have many opportunities for hands-on training and experiences, including international business competitions and challenges, networking events, and lectures series. The school also places more than 500 students in internships each year.,
32. University of Mary
The University of Mary, a Christian school in Bismarck, North Dakota, offers a bachelor’s degree program in financial services and banking This program is led by faculty with real-world experience in the financial world, and graduates will be prepared for the CFP exam. If you choose this school, you could apply to the Emerging Leaders Academy, where students can take part in the mentorship program and leadership training, as well as complete service-based and experiential learning. The coursework incorporates Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, and students will have multiple opportunities to serve in the community.
33. University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky has an undergraduate BBA in Finance as well as an MS in Finance and a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in finance & quantitative methods. The bachelor’s degree program prepares students to leap into the workforce - in fact, past graduates have started careers with companies such as Fifth Third Bank, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, and Procter & Gamble.
Master’s degree finance students can participate in a real-world management project involving a $5 million student-management investment fund, and the program has earned the CFA Institute University Recognition Program designation. The PhD program is competitive, although it doesn’t require a background in business, and applicants who receive acceptance also receive full funding through stipends and scholarships.
34. Lincoln University
At Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, aspiring business professionals can get a finance education at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels through the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship Studies. At the bachelor’s degree level, students can either earn a B.A. or a B.S., though the course finance coursework is the same. After completing the program, finance majors may pursue a career in global finance, seek the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, or they may continue on to graduate school. Lincoln University also has an M.S. in Finance Management, which can equip students with the skills necessary to advance into a leadership position.
35. Lake Superior State University
Students can study finance at Michigan’s Lake Superior State University through the Lukenda School of Business. Here, the offered degree program is a B.S. in Finance & Economics, and the double major is designed to helps students achieve a robust business background. Students may focus their coursework so that they’re ready to sit for various certifications after receiving their degree, like the CFA, CFP, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU, and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). It’s also excellent preparation for graduate school studies. This finance school also offers a B.S. in Business Administration with a track in either accounting/finance or economics/finance.
36. Delta State University
Mississippi’s Delta State University offers a finance degree perfect for those who need a flexible program, since it has online, night, and non-traditional courses available. This BBA in Finance program is offered through the Division of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, and Finance, and graduates could go on to careers as financial management within bank management, corporate financial management, or personal financial management.
37. University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi makes our list because it offers four undergraduate degrees through its Department of Finance: BBA in Banking and Finance, BBA in Risk Management and Insurance, BBA in Managerial Finance, or a BBA in Real Estate. Students are supported through mentoring by faculty and a strong alumni networking community, which assists with making connections and job hunting. Graduates of a finance major who’d like to embark on a longer educational journey that could lead into academic careers can apply to the Ph.D. in Business Administration and focus their research and dissertation on finance.
38. University of Nebraska at Omaha
At the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the finance programs are housed within the Department of Finance, Banking and Real Estate. There are three available concentrations for the undergraduate program: investment science & portfolio management, business finance, or banking & financial markets. Moreover, it’s possible for students to earn a triple major, or they might be interested in a secondary concentration, available in real estate & land use economics or legal studies. UNO also has online exam prep courses for levels 1-3 of the CFA examinations which can be completed for credit.
39. University of Alabama in Huntsville
If you choose to enroll in UAH College of Business’ BSBA in Finance, you could customize your program by choosing one of four possible concentrations: general finance, corporate finance, federal government finance and contracts, or investments and financial institutions. As part of the credits required to complete the curriculum, you can also propose an independent study topic or complete a research topics project that corresponds to your career goals. Internships are also available, and you can apply credits from approve internships towards your degree.
40. Southeast Missouri State University
At Southeast Missouri State University, students can earn a BSBA in Finance. The curriculum includes business core courses, business support courses, required finance courses, and elective finance courses. Southeastern Missouri State University values opportunities for undergraduate students to direct their studies and get practical experience. Finance students can attend financial conferences, study abroad, and work on a ’real money’ portfolio. Additionally, they may complete elective credits through a futures seminar or a portfolio seminar, as well as through an independent study and an internship.
41. University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island’s College of Business boasts a strong, well-rounded faculty and a variety of degree program offerings: a BSBA in Finance, an MBA with a concentration in finance, an M.S. in Finance, and a Ph.D. in Finance. The bachelor’s degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to pass the CFA level 1 exam; in fact, URI is a CFA partner school. The M.S. can also prepare students for the CFA and the CFP credentialing examinations. The Ph.D. program is the most advanced degree in finance, preparing graduates for academic employment at higher institutions.
42. Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, has an undergraduate program in finance. Students earn one degree - but they gain competencies skills in financial management, corporate management, financial computing, and financial services. Northwest encourages internships and experiential learning to prepare for a career, and, more than 95% of finance graduates have a job within six months of graduating from the program.
43. Nicholls State University
Students looking for a finance in program in Louisiana can consider earning a B.S. in Finance at Nicholls State University, which is a good choice for people who can envision themselves working in investments, corporate finance, or insurance. You can also add on a concentration in financial services marketing, which opens up additional opportunities for work in personal banking, real estate, and stock brokerage. Finance students may join Beta Alpha Psi, a professional honor society and group for finance and accounting students, as well as participate in the Accounting and Finance Club or the CFA Institute Research Challenge.
44. East Tennessee State University
East Tennessee State University’s finance program offers students high-quality academics within a competitive environment in order to help them prepare for the workforce. It’s Department of Economics and Finance offers a BBA in Finance with three concentration option: corporate finance and investments, real estate, or banking. East Tennessee State University helps students get hands-on experience through applied courses. For example, finance students can practice funds management through a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority or they could collaborate on a team case analysis project.
45. University of Central Arkansas
Located in Conway, AR, UCA’s undergraduate finance programs are all offered through its Department of Economics, Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management. The faculty in this department are dedicated to helping their students succeed - many of them even mentor students on their research projects. At this school, you can choose between a major in finance, for those who want a general background in finance, or a specialized major in insurance and risk management, which can lead to careers in insurance sales, underwriting, and claims adjustment. Notably, 90% of graduates are working full-time within a month of finishing the program.
46. University of Minnesota - Crookston
University of Minnesota - Crookston’s Business Department has an interdisciplinary B.S. in Finance. It’s offered on campus as well as online, and students can choose a 100% or partially online program for ultimate flexibility. The campus-based program focuses on students doing experiential learning through labs, simulation, fieldtrips, fieldwork, and internships. UMC also focuses on the advantages of technology and provides a laptop for every student. Plus, the school published an 87% employment rate or graduate school enrollment within a year of finishing their degree. Finance students can connect with their peers through the student organization, the Accounting & Finance Society.
47. Dakota State University
Dakota State University in Madison, SD, has a BBA in Finance program and is accredited by the ACBSP. Some benefits of studying finance at Dakota State are the small class sizes and focus on technology integration in studying and in a finance career. Plus, DSU will help its finance students locate internships. There are two opportunities for finance students to meet each other through student organizations: the Phi Beta Lambda Business Club and the Finance, Investment, and Real Estate Club.
48. SUNY College of Technology at Canton
SUNY Canton has a BBA in Finance program which boasts an astounding 100% job placement rate. Another highlight of the program is its flexibility, allowing students to complete courses online. Students can select a minor in economics, which is a good complement to a finance education. They can also join the Investment Club for more learning opportunities and practice, with each member having $5,000 to allocate for investments and being responsible for generating part of a research report.
49. State University of New York at New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz’s School of Business holds AACSB International accreditation and offers a B.S. in Finance degree program. There’s also an MBA program available, and students who are pursuing this graduate degree can take coursework in finance and tailor their education toward this field. The School of Business at SUNY New Paltz takes learning beyond the classroom, holding an annual Business Plan Competition while aspiring to be the business resource hub for the entire Mid-Hudson Valley region.
50. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
The final school on our list is the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus, which has a BBA in Finance program with an extra learning track to prepare students to take the CFA exam. Students have opportunities to delve deeper into the field of finance by becoming a member of the Student Financial Association and working on the stock fund management by the Student Investment Fund. Plus, there are two programs designed to help students gain work experience, the Oklahoma Bankers Association Summer Internship and the Price Scholars Internship (in NYC). This school also offers related graduate-level programs, including a dual bachelor’s-master’s degree that results in a BBA in Finance and an MS in Management Information Technology. Finally, at the top of the educational ladder is the Ph.D. in Finance.