Workforce demand for advanced knowledge and skills in finance and financial matters is expected to grow. For Personal Financial Advisors alone, jobs growth may be as much as 30% in the period 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).
In this college rankings list, we look at Masters of Finance and related degree programs that are offered either fully online or a hybrid of online and on-campus. Colleges ranked in this article offer at least one of the following:
- MS Finance
- MS Financial Planning
- MS Taxation with Finance/ Financial Planning track
- MBA with specialization/ concentration/ emphasis/ option in Finance
- CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst
- CFP – Certified Financial Planner
- MSF – Master of Science in Finance
- USNWR – U.S. News and World Report (publication – print and online)
Careers in Finance
See the following BLS OOH occupational profiles for job growth predictions for specific finance careers, and also click the “Related Occupations” tab for profiles of other finance-based careers. The BLS OOH also provides a list of a variety of business and finance occupations that include some of the following job titles (not all require Master’s degrees):
- Personal Financial Advisors: 30%
- Financial Analysts: 12%
- Financial Examiners: 10%
- Financial Managers: 7%
- analyst – account
- analyst – capital investment
- analyst – cost or program
- analyst – credit
- analyst – financial, budget, or management
- appraisal firms
- bank examiner
- bank trust office
- bond broker
- budget consultant
- chief financial officer (CFO)
- commercial banker
- commercial lending officer
- commodities and financial services officers
- commodities trader
- corporate banker
- corporate finance officer
- credit manager
- credit or cash manager
- director of finance
- finance director
- finance/financial manager
- financial advisor
- financial analyst
- financial consultant/advisor
- financial liaison with business units
- financial planner
- financial risk manager
- financial services agencies
- financial services representative
- fortune 500 and mid-cap corporations
- government agencies
- health care administration
- healthcare organizations
- hotels and restaurants
- insurance agencies/ firms
- international banking manager
- investment analyst
- investment banker
- loan underwriter
- management analyst
- management consulting
- merger and acquisition director
- money manager
- mortgage companies
- mutual fund analyst
- non-profit organizations
- operations manager
- personal banker
- personal financial advisor
- plant manager
- portfolio or mutual fund manager
- private wealth manager
- real estate companies
- risk manager
- securities analyst
- securities sales agent
- senior internal auditor
- statistical analyst
- venture capital and private equity firms
Summary of Colleges Ranked in this List
Before we get into the online Master’s of Finance degree affordability rankings, here is a statistical overview of the 25 schools ranked in this article.
Histogram: Out-of-State vs In-State Graduate Tuition
The interactive bar chart below compares official out-of-state and in-state tuition (blue and orange bars, respectively). If you hover your computer mouse over any bar or point, you’ll see the name of the college and the two cost values. Colleges are arranged left to right by ranking #1 to #25 (e.g., lowest to highest out-of-state grad tuition, showing #1 CSU, and #25 CLU at right). Data is from NCES.ed.gov, which may lag by an academic year. Colleges for which both bars are the same height are typically private. So for this set of colleges, the majority are private.
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Statistics of Ranked Colleges
This is a summary of data available for the master’s programs of colleges/ universities mentioned in this college rankings list.
|In-state grad tuition range:||$4,950 – $17,370.|
|Out-of-state grad tuition range:||$4,950 – $17,370.|
|Lowest in-state:||#1 CSU.|
|Lowest out-of-state:||#1 CSU.|
|Student population range:||1009 – 47906.|
|Grad population range:||400 – 26311.|
|Largest # students:||#10 UMUC.|
|Largest # grads:||#20 CU.|
|Oldest school:||#6 MC (est. 1826).|
|Youngest school:||#4 CSU-Global (est. 2007).|
|# states covered:||20.|
|States covered:||AL, CA (3), CO (2), FL (2), GA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI (2), MN, MO, MS, NH, NM, OH, PA, SC, TX, WI.|
Rank-Order Listing of Schools Covered
Scroll through this list to see schools in order of increasing rank. E.g., by increasing out-of-state tuition.
|1||CSU||Columbia Southern University|
|3||CSU||Charleston Southern University|
|4||CSU-Global||Colorado State University-Global Campus|
|8||USM||University of Saint Mary|
|10||UMUC||University of Maryland-University College|
|11||FIT||Florida Institute of Technology-Online|
|14||USW||University of the Southwest|
|15||WCAB||Walsh College of Accountancy and Business|
|17||USF||University of St Francis|
|18||NEC||New England College|
|19||UHCL||University of Houston-Clear Lake|
|21||SJU||Saint Joseph’s University|
|23||NSU||Nova Southeastern University|
|24||GGU||Golden Gate University|
|25||CLU||California Lutheran University|
Alphabetic List of Schools Covered in this Ranking
The abbreviations used in the table below (and the rest of this article) are convenience and, as such, may not be official abbreviations. Scroll through the list to see all ranked colleges.
|NCES Name (abbrev, estdate, rank)||location||$in-state||$out-of-state|
|Aspen University (AU, 1987, 2)||Denver, Colorado||$5,850||$5,850|
|Brenau University (BU, 1878, 5)||Gainesville, Georgia||$8,964||$8,964|
|California Lutheran University (CLU, 1959, 25)||Thousand Oaks, California||$17,370||$17,370|
|Capella University (CU, 1993, 20)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$14,175||$14,175|
|Charleston Southern University (CSU, 1964, 3)||Charleston, South Carolina||$7,500||$7,500|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global, 2007, 4)||Greenwood Village, Colorado||$8,400||$8,400|
|Columbia Southern University (CSU, 1993, 1)||Orange Beach, Alabama||$4,950||$4,950|
|Concordia University-Wisconsin (CUW, 1881, 7)||Mequon, Wisconsin||$9,864||$9,864|
|Davenport University (DU, 1866, 13)||Grand Rapids, Michigan||$12,330||$12,330|
|Florida Institute of Technology-Online (FIT, 1958, 11)||Melbourne, Florida||$12,240||$12,240|
|Golden Gate University (GGU, 1901, 24)||San Francisco, California||$16,830||$16,830|
|Mississippi College (MC, 1826, 6)||Clinton, Mississippi||$9,810||$9,810|
|National University (NU, 1971, 9)||La Jolla, California||$10,962||$10,962|
|New England College (NEC, 1946, 18)||Henniker, New Hampshire||$13,560||$13,560|
|Northeastern University (NU, 1898, 22)||Boston, Massachusetts||$16,470||$16,470|
|Nova Southeastern University (NSU, 1964, 23)||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||$16,760||$16,760|
|Saint Joseph’s University (SJU, 1851, 21)||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$15,840||$15,840|
|Tiffin University (TU, 1888, 16)||Tiffin, Ohio||$12,600||$12,600|
|University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL, 1971, 19)||Houston, Texas||$6,372||$13,788|
|University of Maryland-University College (UMUC, 1947, 10)||Adelphi, Maryland||$8,244||$11,862|
|University of Saint Mary (USM, 1923, 8)||Leavenworth, Kansas||$10,710||$10,710|
|University of St Francis (USF, 1920, 17)||Joliet, Illinois||$13,140||$13,140|
|University of the Southwest (USW, 1962, 14)||Hobbs, New Mexico||$12,528||$12,528|
|Walsh College of Accountancy and Business (WCAB, 1922, 15)||Troy, Michigan||$12,570||$12,570|
|Webster University (WU, 1915, 12)||Saint Louis, Missouri||$12,300||$12,300|
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Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Finance
Luther statue, California Lutheran University (source)
California Lutheran University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1959 and located in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles roughly west-northwest of Los Angeles, CA. Original name: California Lutheran College. Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church.
CLU offers graduate degrees and certificates in six primary study areas, including Business and Economics. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA in Financial Planning with two tracks or certificate option. The MBA program comprises 48 credits (16 courses) and takes between 12-36 months. Courses are fully online but can be mixed with on-campus sessions. Online start dates occur five times per year and terms are eight weeks each. Students can choose from two tracks for the Finance program: (1) prep for CFP certificate exam; (2) advanced and interdisciplinary studies for students already holding CFP certification. Each track comprises eight of the 16 courses required for degree completion. There is also a CFP Exam prep certificate of eight courses for students who hold an MBA or relevant graduate degree/ professional degree.
Sample courses: Advanced Estate Planning; Behavioral Finance; Capstone Course in Financial Planning; Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning; Financial Planning for Small and Family Businesses; Financial Principles and Policies; Introduction to Financial Planning; Investment and Portfolio Management; Macroeconomics for Investments; Managerial Accounting; Principles of Estate Planning; Psychological-Cultural Dynamics of Communication and Persuasion; Risk Management and Insurance; Social Psychology of Leading Clients; Strategic Financial Analysis; Tax Management and Strategy
Golden Gate University (source)
Golden Gate University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1901 and located in San Francisco, California. Original name: YMCA Evening College.
GGU caters to adult and non-traditional students, with 80% of the student body attending part-time and/or taking classes online or evenings and weekends on-campus. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MS Finance (MSF); MS Financial Planning (MSFP); MS Financial Planning and Taxation (MSFPT); MBA with Concentration in Finance; grad certificate in Finance; grad certificate in ; grad certificate in . The MSF program has a 15-credit core curriculum consisting of courses in corporate finance, investments, capital markets, financial analysis and financial modeling and others. The program comprises 45 credits, with 12 for foundation courses (4), 15 for advanced courses (5), and 18 credits for the concentration. Students can choose from three Concentrations: (1) General Finance; (2) Corporate Finance; (3) Investment Management. Alternative programs at GGU include the 42-credit MSFP, the 30-credit MSFPT (two concentrations: Estate Planning or Taxation), the 54-credit MBA with Finance Concentration (12/54 credits), the 15-credit grad certificate in Finance, the 21-credit grad certificate in Financial Planning, or the 15-credit grad certificate in Technical Market Analysis.
Sample courses: Behavioral Finance; Business Valuation; Capital Budgeting and Long-Term Financing; Corporate Finance; Derivative Markets; Financial Analysis for Managers; Financial Engineering; Financial Markets and Institutions; Financial Modeling; Financial Statement Analysis; Financial Strategy; Fundamental Analysis of Securities; International Corporate Finance; International Trade and Finance; Investments; Management Control Systems; Management of Banks and Financial Holding Companies; Mergers and Acquisitions; Portfolio Management; Real Estate Finance and Investment; Technical Analysis of Securities; Technical Market Analysis Strategies; Venture Capital; Working Capital Management
Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University (source)
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private, nonprofit institution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established in 1964 as a small, graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences.
NSU offers over 60 master’s programs, many of which are available online. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA in Finance. This program helps students build an understanding of corporate finance, financial institutions and markets, portfolio management and securities analysis, amongst other topics. The timeline is 21+ months, with start dates occurring five times per year, and courses offered online as well as on campus (day, alternating weekends). The total credit requirement is 39, with 21 of that for core MBA courses, 15 for the Finance concentration, and three credits for an elective course.
Sample courses: Banking; Financial Engineering; Advanced Corporate Finance; Investments; Real World Finance for Managers; Accounting and Finance Foundations
Northeastern University (source)
Northeastern University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1898 and located in Boston, Massachusetts. Original name: Evening Institute for Younger Men.
For online master’s level programs in Finance, NU offers: MS Finance with two tracks: (1) Corporate Fiance or (2) Investment Finance; MBA with Finance Concentration; dual MS Finance/ MBA program. The online MS Finance program is 16 months in duration and requires 30-credits for completion. It emphasizes expertise in portfolio management, corporate finance, investment or commercial banking, personal financial planning and several other areas of finance. NU’s top-ranked (#4 nationally and #7 globally by Financial Times, 2016) online MBA program requires no GMAT or GRE for admission. It offers a Finance Concentration – one of eight options available – and requires 50 credits overall, with 13 core courses and five elective courses. Students have the option of a dual degree online program that combines both the MS Finance and the MBA. No residency is required for the MSF, and is optional for the MBA. The MBA program also has an ‘International Field Study Residency’ option.
Sample courses: Financial Theory and Policy; Analysis of Financial Institutions and Markets; Financial Strategy; Finance Seminar; Investment Analysis; Portfolio Management; International Finance Management; Financial Risk Management
Mandeville Hall and Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University (source)
Saint Joseph’s University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1851 and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Original name: Saint Joseph’s College. Affiliation: Roman Catholic; Jesuit.
SJU’s Haub School of Business nearly 10 favorable rankings by USNWR alone in the past three years, including a #17 spot in 2016 list for Graduate Finance. (See site for other rankings.). For online master’s level programs in Finance, SJU offers: MS Financial Services (MSFS); MBA with Major in Finance. The MSFS program is designed as a part-time program. Courses are online, or can be taken in person in evening sessions and occasional weekends. Average timeline is 2.5 years, and 30 credits are required for completion, plus any necessary prerequisites. The program is both AACSB-accredited and CFP Board-certified. The MBA program consists of 11 courses totalling 33 credits, which includes three elective courses in one of 10 concentrations including Finance.
Sample courses: Accounting, Business Analysis and Financial Reporting; Advanced Financial Management; Derivative Markets; Estate Planning; Financial Institutions and Capital Markets; Financial Management; International Finance; Managerial Economics; Mergers and Acquisitions; Pension and Benefits Administration; Personal Financial Planning; Personal Insurance Planning; Portfolio Management; Risk Management; Security Analysis of Investments; Shareholder Value Management
Capella University and parent company headquarters (source)
Capella University is a for-profit institution established in 1993 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Original name: The Graduate School of America.
Capella caters to non-traditional students, with 91% of them registered part-time as of Dec 31, 2015. While the student age range is 19-92, the average age is 39, with 76% female. ACBSP certification for online business degrees was received in 2015.. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Finance Specialization. The Finance track is one of 12 options available for this MBA program. (There is also a MSN-to-MBA option.) A total of 48 quarter credits are required for completion, and courses run six weeks in length. Students experience simulation scenarios and can personalize their capstone course. (The program has an option for a post-baccalaureate certificate in Business Management, comprised on MBA courses.) Students learn how to: assess and manage risk; apply analytics to financial decision making; develop and manage internal financial processes and more.
Sample courses: Advanced Finance; Bank Management; Corporate Finance Analysis and Decisions; Finance and Value Creation; Financial Accounting; Financial Markets and Institutions; Global Economic Environment; International Financial Management; Investment and Portfolio Management; Risk Management; Strategic Operations Management; The Global Leader
Bayou building, University of Houston-Clear Lake (source)
University of Houston-Clear Lake is a public university established in 1971 and located in Houston, Texas. It is part of the University of Houston System.
UHCL’s School of Business faculty hold PhDs in their fields and have work experience. For online master’s level programs in Finance, UHCL offers: MS Finance. This master’s program requires a minimum of 36 credits and offers a thesis option. UHCL’s finance program graduates hold jobs in organizations that include the Big Four consulting firms.
Sample courses: Economic Policy; Financial Analysis and Markets; The Financial System; Financial Policy; Financial Admin Practices; Structure of Financial Statements; Security Analysis; International Finance
Aerial view of New England College (source)
New England College (NEC) is a 4-year, private, non-profit college based in Henniker, New Hampshire, about 80 miles roughly north-northwest of Boston, MA. It was founded in 1946, for military personnel attending on the G.I. Bill post-WW II.
NEC is ranked by USNWR “in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the north.” USNWR also listed NEC on a recent “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” ranking. Military students also have an advantage in tuition discounts, as this is a Yellow Ribbon college and has ranked as a Top Military-Friendly University. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MS Management in Banking and Financial Management (MSBFM). This program requires 36 credits in total, and the timeline is typically less than two years. Program entry points are every seven weeks (two courses per semester), with no residency requirement and no GRE or GMAT scores necessary for admission. Topic emphasis is on leadership, management, capital strategy analysis, mergers and acquisition process, buyouts, managerial accounting and managerial finance. There are ten courses in the program. Courses are four credits each, with the exception of the Research Methods and Capstone, which are two credits each.
Sample courses: Managerial Accounting and Finance for Leadership; Principles of Finance and Insurance; Quality Analysis for Technology; Managing Global Operations; Organization Management and Leadership; Managing Projects in Organizations; Professional and Organizational Ethics: A Global Perspective; Strategic Planning and Policy
University of St Francis (source)
University of St Francis is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1920 and located in Joliet, Illinois, about 46 miles roughly southwest of Chicago, IL. Original name: Assisi Junior College. Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church.
For online master’s level programs in Finance, USF offers: MBA with Concentration in Finance; grad certificate in Finance. This 36-credit MBA program emphasizes knowledge in the value chain of business, leadership and decision making, global and competitive challenges, and analytical thinking. The typical timeline is 12-18 months, with courses running three semesters and available online or on-campus. There are eight concentrations to choose from, including Finance. Students take four core courses, four competency area courses, and four concentration-related courses — each section being 12 credits. For students with an existing master’s degree, there is the grad certificate in Finance, which consists of the same four courses (12 credits) as for the MBA concentration.
Sample courses: Managerial Economics; Managerial Finance; Managerial Accounting; Entrepreneurship Small Business Finance; Advanced Financial Management; International Finance; Derivatives Valuation
Tiffin University (source)
Tiffin University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1888 and located in Tiffin, Ohio, about 90 miles roughly north of Columbus, OH.
TU offers five master’s programs online, with a selection of concentrations. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Finance. The Tiffin MBA program utilizes both classes and hands-on opportunities (such as case studies) for learning experiences and skills-building. There are nine concentrations available, including Finance, which emphasizes economic and financial business practices. The average Tiffin MBA student enters with about 10 years work experience and degrees in a wide range of fields, cumulatively.
Sample courses: Business Research Analysis; Emerging Markets Finance; Financial Accounting; International Financial Management; Investment Analysis; Managerial Accounting; Managerial Economics; Managerial Finance
Novi lobby and Walsh Library, Walsh College of Accountancy and Business (source)
Walsh College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1922 and located in Troy, Michigan, about 24 miles roughly north-northwest of Detroit, MI. Original name: Walsh Institute of Accountancy.
For online master’s level programs in Finance, WCAB offers: MS Finance (MSF). This program consists of 12 courses totalling 36 credits. This comprises eight core courses, one capstone and three courses for a concentration. No GMAT is required for admission, and the MSF can be combined with an MBA as part of a Dual Degree option, which requires an additional 18 courses for a total of 60 credits.
Sample courses: Business Analytics; Business Valuation; Financial Management; Financial Markets; Global Economics; Financial Statement Analysis; Investments; Portfolio Analysis; Case Studies in Finance; Case Studies in Mergers and Acquisitions; Mergers and Acquisitions. There are three concentration areas: Financial Management; Financial Services; Financial Economics
University of the Southwest (source)
University of the Southwest is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1962 and located in Hobbs, New Mexico, about 109 miles roughly southwest of Lubbock, TX. Original name: Hobbs Baptist College.
US offers two online grad programs with various specializations. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Finance Specialization. This 36-credit MBA program requires no undergrad business degree for admission, and can be completed in 12 months full-time (course sessions start every eight weeks). Students receive a Google Chromebook for studies and digital textbooks are included with tuition. The Finance Specialization (one of seven available) is designed for students seeking a CFP certification or securities license, and/or a financial services career.
Sample courses: Financial Management; Multinational Financial Management; Financial Reporting; Small Business Finance; Financial Planning and Investment Analysis
Davenport University, Livonia Campus (source)
Davenport University (DU) is a private university established in 1866 and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The main campus is located in Caledonia Township, MI, about 19 miles roughly southeast of Grand Rapids and part of the suburbs.
DU offers nearly 50 online programs (incl. certificates) at all levels through their Global Campus. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Finance; Master of Accountancy (MACC) with Finance Emphasis; grad certificate in Finance. The MBA program itself requires 30 credits, and 39 in total if taking the Finance concentration. Of the 39, 18 credits (six courses) go towards core courses, three for the Business Integration Capstone course, and 18 credits (six courses) for the concentration. Alternately, students can choose the Master of Accountancy program with a Concentration in Finance, for a total of 30 credits. Finally, there is a 4-course (12 credit) graduate certificate in Finance that can be added to an existing MBA or other allowable master’s degree.
Sample courses: Advanced Financial Management; Corporate and Shareholder Taxation; Derivatives and Risk Management; Finance of Compensation and Benefits; Financial Management for Health Care; Global Business Strategies; International Financial Strategies; Investment Management; Mergers, Acquisitions, and Consolidations; Money and Banking – Treasury Management Focus; Money and Capital Markets
Webster Hall, Webster University (source)
Webster University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1915 and located in Saint Louis, Missouri, about 242 miles southwest of Indianapolis, IN. It was originally founded as Loretto College by the Sisters of Loretto. Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
WU has achieved various top rankings, including US News’s “2015 Best Online Programs” for graduate business programs (#4 and #7 in Missouri; #85 and #126 in the US). For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MS Finance; MBA with Emphasis in Finance. This program emphasizes an understanding of financial modeling, mergers and acquisitions and financial business strategy. Total required credits for completion is 37, with 28 towards core courses and nine for electives. Students may be required to take three prerequisite courses (9 credits) in accounting theory, economic analysis and applied business statistics. Those who seek professional certifications such as CFA or CFP can fine-tune their degree by selecting courses in Investments and Portfolio Management, Derivatives and others. Courses can be taken online or mixed with on-campus sessions at multiple locations. An alternative to the MS is an MBA with Finance emphasis. The MBA itself requires 37 credits, with 31 for core courses. For the emphasis in Finance, an additional 18 credits (six courses) are required, for a total of 49.
Sample courses: Advanced Corporate Finance; Capital Budgeting and Corporate Investments; Finance; Financial Strategies; Institutions and Financial Markets; International Finance; Investments
FIT-Online is an entirely distance/ online campus of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). FIT ws established in 1958. Both campuses are based in Melbourne, Florida, about 92 miles roughly south-southeast of Daytona Beach, FL. Original name: Brevard Engineering College.
FIT has received many top rankings, including a spot in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings (top 200; 2014-15), including for business. There are over 60 online programs at all levels. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA Finance; MBA Accounting and Finance. The FIT MBA program offers two finance-related Specializations – one focusing on just Finance, and the other covering Accounting and Finance. Both take two years or less and have five core MBA courses and a Strategic Management Capstone course, plus four Specialization courses for a total of 36 credits required for completion.
Sample courses: Finance Markets and Institutions; Investment Management; Portfolio Analysis; Financial Management Policy; Investment Management; Strategic Cost Management; Financial Management Policy
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is a public university established in 1947 and located in Adelphi, Maryland, about nine miles approximately northeast of Washington, DC. It is part of the University System of Maryland and has multiple locations besides Adelphi.
UMUC offers over 90 programs online at all levels. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MSM with Financial Management Specialization; MS Accounting and Financial Management. The MSM program requires 36 total credits, with 15 for core courses (capstone included) and 21 for specialization courses. The Financial Management Specialization – one of 20 available – covers a number of topics, including capital markets, investment valuation, behavioral finance and others. For students wishing to combine accounting with financial skills, there is the MS program that also requires 36 credits consisting of five accounting and six financial management courses, and one capstone.
Sample courses: Behavioral Finance; Financial Analysis and Modeling; Financial Decision Making for Managers; Financial Management in Organizations; Investment Valuation; Long-Term Financial Management; Multinational Financial Management; Strategic Financial Management
National University (source)
National University (NU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university that is based in La Jolla, California, about 13 miles roughly northwest of San Diego, CA, with dozens of campuses and learning centers in other parts of CA, as well as four other states (Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Virginia), plus an online division. It was founded in 1971 as Pikeville Collegiate Institute and is a member of the National University System.
For online master’s level programs in Finance, NU offers: MBA with Specialization in Financial Management. This program requires 16-19 courses (63-67.5 quarter credits) for completion. There are two two-week required foundation courses (no credit), namely Finance Fundamentals and Accounting Fundamentals. There are eight core courses (36 quarter credits) focusing on “Tools for Problem-Solving,” and two core courses in management. General electives comprise four courses (18 quarter credits). Or instead of electives, a selected Specialization makes up 4-7 courses (18-31.5 quarter credits). The Financial Management specialization is one of eight available for this MBA program. It builds the skills and knowledge necessary for future financial managers with an emphasis on securities, investment banking, merger strategies, growth and diversification policies, foreign exchange rates and more.
Sample courses: Finance Fundamentals; Seminar in Financial Managemen; Topics in Financial Management; Security Analysis and Portfolio; International Finance; Managing Financial Institution; Finance Research Project
University of Saint Mary (source)
University of Saint Mary is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1923 and located in Leavenworth, Kansas. about 33 miles dog-leg west then north of Kansas City, MO. It was originally founded as Saint Mary College, a school for women.
For online master’s level programs in Finance, USM offers: MBA with Concentration in Finance. The Finance concentration is one of nine options available for USM’s MBA. It emphasizes knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, capital and financial issues and more. Courses run in 8-week sessions and can be taken online or combined with on-campus sessions (meet one night per week). The program has six start dates per year and can be completed in one year for students taking two courses per term. Total credit requirements is 36 (12 courses). There are nine core MBA courses and three concentration courses.
Sample courses: Advanced Financial Topics; Financial and Capital Issues; Financial Decisions; Managerial Finance
Concordia University Wisconsin (source)
Concordia University-Wisconsin is a private, nonprofit university established in 1881 and located in Mequon, Wisconsin, about 20 miles roughly north-northeast of Milwaukee, WI. It was originally founded as Concordia College Milwaukee and is part of the Concordia College System (CCS).
CUW’s MBA programs have received #1 rankings in recent years in a couple of categories, from The Business Journal and US News and World Report. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: Global MBA with Concentration in Finance. The Global MBA’s Finance Concentration is one of 15 options available, and students are allowed multiple concentrations. Courses are online, self-paced, run 8-10 weeks (on-campus courses meet one night per week for eight weeks). No thesis or GMAT is required, and there is a dual degree option with Upper Austria University. Timeline is 26 months, with 39 credits required for completion – 24 for core MBA courses and 15 for the concentration. Prerequisite courses can be taken after applying but before starting. Graduates of the program can choose to take the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) professional certification exam.
Sample courses: Corporate Finance; Corporate Risk Finance: From Concepts to Reality; Financial Institution Management; Fraud Management; International Finance; Legal Aspects of Business; Portfolio Mathematics; Real Estate Investment; Risk Management and Insurance; Securities Analysis
Nelson Hall, Mississippi College (source)
Mississippi College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1826 and located in Clinton, Mississippi, about 241 miles roughly south of Memphis, TN
MC claims the title of oldest college in the state of Mississippi, as well as the second oldest Baptist institution in the United States. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA in Finance (Concentration). This 30-credit program emphasizes knowledge in corporate finance, investments, financial markets, financial institutions and international finance. Students without an undergrad business degree may need to take up to nine credits in prerequisite courses. MC claims they offer the only fully online finance programs in the state. Students wishing some on-campus interaction can take evening classes.
Sample courses: Economics of the Firm; Financial Management; Quantitative Management; Policy Formulation and Administration; Accounting Issues in Business Decisions; Advanced Financial Management; Financial Statement Analysis; Advanced Investments; Financial Markets and Institutions
Brenau University (source)
Brenau University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1878 and located in Gainesville, Georgia, about 54 miles roughly northeast of Atlanta, GA
BU caters to adult and non-traditional students such as military through their Adult and Graduate Studies programs.. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Finance (one of nine available options). This program focuses on topics such as investments, valuation, risk management, and both entrepreneurial and international finance.
Sample courses: Contact Brenau for information on required credits and curriculum courses
Orchard RTD station, Greenwood Village, CO (source)
CSU-Global is a online campus that is part of the Colorado State University System. It was established in 2007 and is located in Greenwood Village, Colorado, about 11 miles south and slightly east of Denver, CO
CSU-Global is an entirely online university (part of the CSU System) that caters to students requiring schedule flexibility.. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: Master of Finance; Finance Specialization; certificate of completion in Finance. This program emphasizes knowledge and skills for financial management, analysis and related abilities. Total required credits is 36, with 24 allotted for core courses. An additional course of three credits (total 39) may be required for students with an undergrad GPA below 3.00. Students can also choose from 15 four-course Specialization areas, including Finance. Grad students in other programs can choose a choose a certificate of completion/ degree specialization in Finance, both of which consist of four three-credit upper division finance courses.
Sample courses: Bank Management; Corporate Finance; Derivatives and Assets Pricing; Financial Economics; Financial Markets and Institutions; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis; Insurance and Risk Management; International Financial Management; Investments; Principles of Finance
Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, Charleston Southern University (source)
Charleston Southern University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1964 and located in Charleston, South Carolina, about 293 miles roughly southeast of Atlanta. Original name: Baptist College. Affiliation: Southern Baptist Church.
CSU achieved a number of important rankings, including one of “America’s One Hundred Best College Buys,” one of “America’s Best Christian Colleges,” and “#17 Best Online Graduate Business Program for Veterans.” It is competitive cost-wise with other MBA schools in South Carolina. . For online master’s level programs in Finance, CSU offers: MBA with Emphasis in Finance. This master’s program requires a minimum 33 credits (11 courses). There are five emphases options, including Finance. Courses are online, and for those students who prefer some on-campus interaction, there are evening classes as well. The timeline is two years plus any necessary prerequisite courses (0-18 credits).
Sample courses: Advanced Investments; Advanced Managerial Economics; Entrepreneurial Finance; Financial Management Practices; Financial Planning; Financial Statement Analysis; International Finance and Monetary Policy
Financial district, downtown Denver, CO (source)
Aspen University is a for-profit institution established in 1987 and located in Denver, Colorado. Original name: International Academy (founded 1960s).
AU offers entirely distance education programs, some of which are delivered online. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Specialization in Finance. This master’s program offers a combined curriculum of MBA and finance courses. It prepares students for careers in any of accounting, personal finance advising or financial management, amongst others. Topics include Business Finance, Managerial Accounting, Business Ethics, Venture Capital, Corporate Finance and Corporate Financial Management. Total credit requirements are 36, which is 12 courses for the program.
Sample courses: Managerial Accounting; Business Finance; Managerial Economics; Corporate Financial Management; Innovative Finance and Venture Capital; Global Corporate Finance
Waterfront view of Orange Beach, Alabama (source)
Columbia Southern University (CSU) is a private university established in 1993 and located in Orange Beach, Alabama, about 54 miles east and south of Mobile, AL, and about 27 miles roughly southwest of Pensacola, FL. It has affiliated colleges in Iowa and Vietnam.
CSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. For online master’s level programs in Finance, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Finance; grad certificate Finance. This master’s program runs about three years and requires 36 credits for completion. In addition to traditional areas of study for MBA programs, the Fiance concentration prepares students for roles in obtaining, administering and managing funds for organizations. The grad certificate requires 12 credits and comprises the same Finance courses as for the concentration.
Sample courses: Corporate Finance; International Economics; International Finance; Public Budgeting