Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

Finance Master’s At 100 Top Business Schools

Columbia Business School Columbia University - Ethan Baron photo

Columbia Business School Columbia University – Ethan Baron photo

To get an idea of graduates’ outcomes from master’s in finance degrees at U.S. business schools, it’s helpful to take a look at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, which runs a nine-month finance master’s that costs just under $50,000. Average salary data is, of course, interesting and important. But probably more interesting and important than the fact that Owen’s 2015 finance grads earned an average salary of $70,000 is what kinds of positions those graduates ended up in: a whopping 42% in investment banking; 29% in investments and research; 16% in financial consulting and advisory; 8% in corporate finance; and 5% in real estate.

At elite Columbia Business School, the highest-ranked institution in the top 100 to offer a finance master’s, the two-year financial economics program, which costs $53,000, prepares students for positions in investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, consulting firms, pension funds, and policy-focused groups. Columbia’s program is very small – there were only four students in the class of 2015, and 15 in the class of 2016, compared to 44 in Owen’s finance master’s class of ’15 – but since the degree was unveiled in 2013, every graduate has received an internship, full-time job, or entry into a graduate program within three years of graduation, according to the school.

Finance Master’s At 100 Top Business Schools

RankSchoolProgramDurationTuition
6Columbia Business SchoolFinancial Economics

2 years

$106,000
7MIT Sloan School of ManagementFinance1 year; 18 months1 year: $75,850; 18 months: $100,350
8U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business

Financial Engineering

1 year$66,082
14UCLA Anderson School of Management

Financial Engineering

13 1/2 months$58,986
16NYU Stern School of BusinessGlobal Finance (executive) 60% in China, 40% in U.S.

1 year

$69,000
18University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of BusinessFinance<1 yearIn-state: $43,000; out-of-state: $48,000
19Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of BusinessComputational Finance16 months$80,400
21Indiana University Kelley School of BusinessFinance (online)18 months (or up to five years)$38,100
23Georgetown University McDonough School of BusinessFinance (online)20 months$69,760
24Notre Dame Mendoza College of BusinessFinance

1 year

$57,100
25Michigan State Broad College of BusinessFinance

1 year

In-state: $37,500; out-of-state: $39,600
26USC Marshall School of BusinessFinance

1 year

$60,000 (includes program fees)
28Vanderbilt University Owen GSMFinance9 months$49,950
29University of Minnesota Carlson School of ManagementFinance

1 year

In-state: $41,265; out-of-state: $57,015
30Washington University Olin Business SchoolFinance11 months$56,100
30Washington University Olin Business SchoolFinance (global)11-20 months$45,400 for 2015/16 academic year, plus varying tuition at partner universities of $15,000-$30,000
31Ohio State Fisher College of BusinessFinance1 yearIn-state: $55,632; out-of-state: $55,642
34Georgia Tech Scheller College of BusinessQuantitative and Computational Finance18 monthsIn-state: $25,461; out-of-state: $56,067
35University of Maryland Smith School of BusinessFinance9 monthsIn-state: $46,140; out-of-state: $58,740
36Arizona State Carey School of BusinessFinance9 monthsIn-state: $31,600; out-of-state: $47,800; international: $48,000
38University of Rochester Simon Business SchoolFinance (also part-time at Rochester and in New York City)10 months or 17 months (internship track); (part-time: avg. 3 1/2 years Rochester; 13 months New York City)$75,000 ($70,000 with prior MBA degree); (part-time: $1,745/credit hour Rochester; $63,000 New York City)
39Southern Methodist University Cox School of BusinessFinance9 months$43,200
40University of Pittsburgh Katz GSBFinance8 months

In-state: $27,218; out-of-state: $36,534

41Texas A & M Mays Business SchoolFinance10 months$30,743
42Boston University Questrom School of BusinessMathematical Finance18 months$72,123 (includes fees)
44Purdue University Krannert School of ManagementFinance10 monthsIn-state: $42,000; out-of-state: $48,500
45University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Business

Financial Engineering

15 Months$55,500
45University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of BusinessFinance15 Months$53,244 (+ $6,090 in fees)
46University of Florida Hough GSBFinance1 year$16,982; out-of-state: $40,173
49George Washington University School of BusinessFinance1 year  (part-time: 24 months)$77,280
50Temple University Fox School of BusinessFinancial Engineering (also part-time)10 or 22 months (part-time: 22 months)$32,460
50Temple University Fox School of BusinessFinancial Analysis and Risk Management22 months (full-time); 3 years (part-time)$46,526
50Temple University Fox School of BusinessInvestment Management10 or 22 months (full-time); 22 months (part-time)$32,460
51Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of BusinessFinance (also part-time and online versions)1 year (part-time: 21 months; online: 18 1/2 months)$44,280
52University of Texas-Dallas Jindal SOMFinance18 or 24 monthsIn-state: 18 months: $23,967; 24 months: $26,760; out-of-state: 18 months: $45,444; 24 months: $48,452
53University of Arizona Eller College of ManagementFinance (also part-time)1 year (part-time: 16 months)Full-time: In-state: $30,392; out-of-state: $48,714; Part-time: In-state: $35,343; out-of-state: $62,826
58University of Alabama Manderson GSBFinance9 monthsIn-state: $10,170; out-of-state: $25,950 (plus $2,500 in total course fees)
59Boston College Carroll SOMFinance (also part-time)1 year (part-time: avg. 20 months)$46,500 (full-time)
60SUNY Buffalo SOMFinance18 monthsIn-state: $16,305 (+ $1,687 in fees/year); out-of-state: $33,315 (+ $1,687 in fees/year)
Row:40 Cell:1U.C. San Diego Rady SOMFinance1 year$58,170
63Tulane University Freeman School of BusinessFinance11 or 18 months$56,100
66University of Miami School of Business AdministrationFinance (also online version)10 months (online: 16 months)$55,500 (online: $59,200)
68Louisiana State Ourso College of BusinessFinance36 credit hours (duration depends on courseload per semester)In-state: $12,463; out-of-state: $34,901
69CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of BusinessFinance1 1/2 yearsIn-state: $16,544; out-of-state: $27,797 (based on full-time for two terms, part-time for final term; tuition figures based on minimum 31.5 total credits)
69CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of BusinessFinancial Risk Management1 1/2 yearsIn-state: $16,544; out-of-state: $27,797 (based on full-time for two terms, part-time for final term; tuition figures based on minimum 31.5 total credits)
70University of Colorado Leeds School of BusinessFinance1 year$35,446
72Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead SOMFinance9 months$49,980
73University of Connecticut Storrs School of BusinessFinancial Risk Management15-19 months (also part-time)$41,778 (U.S. students); $45,576 (international students)
73Rutgers Business SchoolFinancial Analysis1 year (two semesters; some students require summer courses)In-state: $12,704/semester; out-of-state: $22,055/semester
73Rutgers Business SchoolQuantitative Finance2 years (3-6 semesters)In-state: $38,111-$76,221; out-of-state: $58,070-$116,139
75University of Utah Eccles School of BusinessFinance1 yearIn-state: $26,400; out-of-state: $50,828
76University of San Diego School of Business AdministrationFinance10 months$44,160
77University of Cincinnati Lindner College of BusinessFinance9 monthsIn-state: $20,958; out-of-state: $28,796
78American University Kogod School of BusinessFinance (also part-time)2 years (approx.)$50,358
81Pepperdine University Graziadio Business SchoolApplied Finance1 year$69,600
82Iowa State College of BusinessFinance3-4 semestersIn-state: $14,805-$19,740; out-of-state: $34,212-$45,616
85Hult International Business SchoolFinance (Boston)1 year$41,300
88Hofstra University Zarb School of BusinessFinance18 months$36,540
88Hofstra University Zarb School of BusinessQuantitative Finance18 months$40,194
89Syracuse University Whitman SOMFinance9, 16, or 21 months$41,640
93Auburn University Harbert College of BusinessFinance (also online version)1 year (online: 1-2 years)(online: $24,150)
93University of Tulsa Collins College of BusinessFinance (also part-time)1 1/2-2 years (part-time: 2-2 1/2 years)$42,336
97St. Louis University Cook School of BusinessApplied Financial EconomicsRow:25 Cell:4Row:25 Cell:5
99Fordham University Gabelli School of BusinessGlobal Finance12-16 months$48,672
99Fordham University Gabelli School of BusinessInvestor Relations16 months$52,728
99Fordham University Gabelli School of BusinessQuantitative Finance12-20 months$60,840
100Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of BusinessComputational Finance17 months$60,234
100Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of BusinessFinance9-12 months$40,158 – $50,196

Source: Poets&Quants

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