M.S. Programs in Finance at U.S. Universities
Compiled and maintained by Don Chance
The following is a set of links to specialty masters
programs in finance. To be included on this list, a program must
- be a U. S. university (sorry, I cannot handle
the large number of programs outside of the U. S., many of which cannot be
distinguished from MBA programs. You may
want to check out the site
www.mim-compass.com, which is maintained by Thomas Graf of IE Business
School of Madrid, which provides some information on masters programs in
- offer a masters designated as master of science, master
of arts, master of finance, master of science in finance, but not master of
- not be in financial engineering, quantitative finance,
financial mathematics, mathematical finance, computational finance, etc.; this
list may not be inclusive of all possible variations of finance that are
www.global-derivatives.com for a list of those programs. Their list
also includes most of these as well.
- Be a traditional in-class program.
This means no online programs. In addition, extension programs and
programs offered by liberal arts divisions are not included. (Yes,
there are masters programs in finance of these types, but I am not including
You can email me with suggestions for consideration and
corrected links: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure you send the link, not just the name of the school.
GO NO FURTHER UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE
- This list is provided "as-is." The links and
the information may not be accurate (I will correct any that you make me
- No, I do not know of rankings of programs.
- Prospective students: Do not ask me
advice about these programs or your career plans. Please be considerate.
I cannot serve as an advisor for everyone who sees this list and emails me.
I know this sounds arrogant, but I simply cannot get engaged in these types
of discussions with anyone who finds it easy to email me. Accept this
list as an offer with no customer service attached. (But see below)
- Prospective students (again): Here's
some general advice.
Find a professor
you had who you like and did well in that course. Naturally this
should be a finance professor, but if you did not have one, go for an
economics professor. (If you have not had economics, you should not be
considering an MS in finance.) Talk to him or her. Also, pick out a
couple of schools with masters programs that sound interesting and contact
them. Ask to speak to someone involved in the program. These two people
should be able to answer your questions and give you good advice. Once
you narrow down your choices, talk more to the schools and also try to talk
to some students in the program. Find out if the program has met their
expectations. I hope this helps.
Another very useful resource:
Masters in Finance HQ
Finally, I invite you to consider the LSU
Master of Science in Finance Program. [OK, I know this is a
shameless promotional, but I run this web site and get nothing out of it.
Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to plug our own MS program.]
LSU has been offering M.S. degrees in finance for at least four decades.
We typically have 15-30 students in each beginning class. Graduating
students are currently placing very well. There is no specific specialty,
so you can tailor your own program. The most common career path of our
recent graduates is asset management. So I invite you to check out the web
site of the LSU
Master of Science in Finance program. For any questions, please
contact the program director (not me), who is identified at the link provided
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Last updated: March 9, 2014