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Finance MS programs typically take a more quantitative approach to financial accounting and investment whereas as MBA students are exposed to broader concepts in macroeconomics, business development, and marketing. Students can choose the approach that best suits their interests and aspirations and from there focus their master's studies with a concentration like financial modeling, mergers and acquisitions or computational finance.

Current and aspiring professionals can expand their opportunities and expertise in finance by earning their master's degree online. The degree options available to prospective finance students are about as diverse as the careers within the business world; some schools offer finance as a concentration within an MBA program while others confer a full Master of Science in Finance. Below we've identified, ranked and summarized the very best in fully online master's in finance programs (learn how we calculated the rankings here). Start exploring your options now.

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    1
    School

    Georgetown University

    Location
    Washington, DC
    Tuition
    $1,083 per credit hour online

    Websites

    Address

    37th and O St NW
    Washington, DC 20057-0001
    (202) 687-0100

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Georgetown's Master of Science in Finance program consists of 32 credits that students complete in 20 months. The heart of the program is made up of six core courses and a week-long, on-site residency. The program is then rounded out with the global consulting capstone project in another country, and three "selective" courses that the class votes on collectively. The program combines asynchronous learning requirements including case study classrooms and video sharing and synchronous learning requirements including virtual live interactions with professors and classmates.

  3. Rank
    2
    School

    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

    Location
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Tuition
    $1,628 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    503 Thompson Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    (734) 764-1817

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    This Master of Science in Financial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is a 39 credit hour interdisciplinary program that spans finance, mathematics, statistics, optimization, and computational courses. The resulting degree allows for technical, analytical work with mathematical and financial models, computer programming, risk and asset management, banking, venture capital, and similar areas.

  4. Rank
    3
    School

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Tuition
    $584 per unit
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    Websites

    Address

    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
    (412) 268-2000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Carnegie Mellon University offers the Master of Science in Computational Finance, a program which can be completed online or in person among the business, math, IT, and statistics colleges of the school. This program is specifically designed for students planning to work in derivatives trading, quantitative portfolio management, or risk management. The university works closely with recruiting partners to make summer internships available for students in the program.

  5. Rank
    4
    School

    University of Maryland-College Park

    Location
    College Park, MD
    Tuition
    $49,000 program total
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    Websites

    Address

    College Park, MD 20742
    (301) 405-1000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Part of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the College Park Master of Finance degree is part of a department known internationally for finance research on both a micro and macro economic level. Located just twelve miles outside of Washington DC, College Park provides students unique access to the epicenter of major policy decisions. The program's Office of Career Services is also actively involved in student placement both during the program and afterwards. The program itself is fairly traditional, consisting of 30 credits of coursework. Core courses account for 14 of these credits and the rest are electives designed to allow students to specialize.

  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Bentley University

    Location
    Waltham, MA
    Tuition
    $4,065 per unit
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    Websites

    Address

    175 Forest St
    Waltham, MA 02452-4705
    (800) 523-2354

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Bentley's Master of Science in Finance program was developed in partnership with the local and regional corporate community that support the university; this gives it a particular strength in terms of real-world applications such as the opportunity for hands-on experience in the trading room, insight from practitioner-instructors, and alumni/networking. Recruitment and placement services are also strong. The coursework itself is interdisciplinary, integrating accounting, economics, mathematics, and related disciplines with finance theories and applications.

  7. Rank
    6
    School

    George Washington University

    Location
    Washington, DC
    Tuition
    $1,610 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    2121 I Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    (202) 994-1000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The Master of Science in Finance program at GWU demands a quantitative background so that students can complete applied research and modeling projects and work with both professional computer software packages and databases. The ultimate goal of the MSF program is to prepare students for careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate finance, financial engineering, international finance, portfolio management, real estate, regulatory finance, and risk management. Hands-on training and working with practitioner-instructors are benefits of this program which has been in existence since 1993.

  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Marist College

    Location
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Tuition
    $750 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    3399 North Rd
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    (845) 575-3000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    This program offers a Master's in Financial Management Concentration within the larger online MBA program. This concentration allows students to focus on finance theory as they pursue a traditional MBA program and learn to manage and value businesses.

    This MBA program is consistently ranked very highly across the board, and this program does not require quantitative background unlike many others. Marist College is also known for provision of high-quality, highly functional online courses as it has provided online courses as part of its MBA program for 15 years—making it one of the most well-established online mbas available.

  9. Rank
    8
    School

    Pennsylvania State University

    Location
    University Park, PA
    Tuition
    $1,025 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    201 Old Main
    University Park, PA 16802-1503
    (814) 865-4700

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    This PSU program focuses on practical skills that benefit a broad swath of careers in finance. For example, all students will engage in financial modeling and master basic statistics, accounting, capital budgeting, and forecasting. One of the ways that the Penn State program distinguishes itself is by use of the cohort model. This means that all students beginning the program together in the same cohort proceed through the entire program as a unit, sharing experiences and collaborating.

  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Northeastern University

    Location
    Boston, MA
    Tuition
    $1,433 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    360 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115-5005
    (617) 373-2000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    The Northeastern University Master of Science in Finance program is a 30 credit hour course of study spread out over 16 months of online study. Of these hours, they are delivered via six required courses and four elective courses. The program promotes student success with its multi-level student support network which is designed to not only provide a safety net for students but also to ensure a fully engaged learning experience involving faculty, technical support staff, advisors, and other students.

  11. Rank
    10
    School

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln

    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Tuition
    $353 per credit in state;
    $1,008 per credit out of state
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    Websites

    Address

    14th and R St
    Lincoln, NE 68588
    (402) 472-7211

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Nebraska, Lincoln offers a Master's of Business Administration with a Finance specialization area online. Career services for this program is very active, not just for on-campus students, but also for online students. The Nebraska Alumni Association is also very active, providing job and event resources. The MBA program itself is ranked 6th for online programs by U.S. News and World Report, and among the best online offerings for veterans.

  12. Rank
    11
    School

    Purdue University

    Location
    West Lafayette, IN
    Tuition
    $42,000 program total
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    Websites

    Address

    Hovde Hall of Administration
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
    (765) 494-4600

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Purdue's Master of Science in Finance program is more toward the technical, quantitative end of the spectrum with the majority of students coming from business, engineering, and economics majors. Even so, there is no formal requirement for admission in this area and no finance background is necessary. The Purdue Alumni Association is very active, providing opportunities and resources around the world. Workshops available to students include Wall Street Prep and Spreadsheet Modeling, both very useful for practical skill building.

  13. Rank
    12
    School

    Webster University

    Location
    Saint Louis, MO
    Tuition
    $755 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    470 E Lockwood Ave.
    Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
    (314) 961-2660

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Master of Science in Finance program at Webster University is unique in that students can choose to take their courses completely online, all in person at any of ten locations in the U.S. or Europe, or any combination of those options as they "mix and match" online and face to face in-class options based on their preferences and needs. The program also supports students who wish to pursue advanced certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Dallas Baptist University

    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Tuition
    $2,325 per unit
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    Websites

    Address

    3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    Dallas, TX 75211-9299
    (214) 333-7100

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Dallas Baptist University offers a Christian educational alternative for students. This program is actually a Master of Business Administration with a Finance concentration. The finance concentration in particular is designed to provide training for budgeting, control procedures, international financial markets, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio management strategies, portfolio theory, risk management, and working capital management. All of DBU's MBA students hone their skills with real world projects that demonstrate understanding of financial concepts on both the macro and micro level.

  15. Rank
    14
    School

    University of Massachusetts – Amherst

    Location
    Amherst, MA
    Tuition
    $825 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
    Amherst, MA 01003
    (413) 545-0111

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst offers a Master's of Business Administration with a Finance focus area through its Isenberg MBA Online program. The program does offer a blended option for those who are local to Massachusetts, but the strength of the program is in its asynchronous model. The degree itself is a fairly traditional MBA with 3 finance electives. The program partners with businesses to allow them to send their professionals to the program; this may provide more financial and educational opportunities for more students. The program also offers military benefits.

  16. Rank
    15
    School

    Strayer University

    Location
    Washington, DC
    Tuition
    $2,450 per unit
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    Websites

    Address

    1133 15th St NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 408-2400

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Strayer University offers Master of Business Administration degrees with a concentration in Finance. This program offers the choice of an all online program or in-person options for students near the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This course of study encompasses 54 credit hours in 12 courses which are typically taken one by one; most students average a speed of about one credit hour per month in this program. Key courses in the finance concentration include international finance, corporate investment analysis, working capital management, and mergers and acquisitions.

  17. Rank
    16
    School

    Marywood University

    Location
    Scranton, PA
    Tuition
    $600 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    2300 Adams Ave
    Scranton, PA 18509-1598
    (570) 348-6211

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Marywood University is a private Catholic college with a fairly extensive graduate school; the program offers both a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance and Investment and a Master of Science in Financial Information Systems. The program prides itself on offering courses taught by faculty who hold positions in private industry rather than focus solely on academic pursuits.

  18. Rank
    17
    School

    Auburn University

    Location
    Auburn University, AL
    Tuition
    $805 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    Auburn, Alabama
    Auburn University, AL 36849
    (334) 844-4000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Auburn University offers a Master of Science in Finance principally for those students who have already completed some prerequisites in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and statistics although not all of those areas are required for each student.

    One of the unique qualities of this program is that students may choose between a traditional thesis option and a non-thesis option. The thesis option demands 26 hours of coursework plus four hours of thesis work and a classic oral thesis presentation and defense. The non-thesis option demands a full 30 hours of coursework plus a comprehensive examination. Non-thesis students must demonstrate their proficiency in both written and oral communication during their time in the program.

  19. Rank
    18
    School

    University of St. Francis-Joliet

    Location
    Joliet, IL
    Tuition
    $755 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    500 N Wilcox St
    Joliet, IL 60435-6188
    (815) 740-3360

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois offers a Master of Business Administration degree that requires students to choose among concentrations—finance is one of those concentrations. Those students who choose to focus on finance in this program take additional courses in entrepreneurship, small business finance, financial management, international finance, and derivatives valuation. Students must demonstrate some proficiency in finance when they join the program, this can be in the form of previous work experience in the industry or previous coursework. Students must also prove competence with word processing and computer spreadsheets.

  20. Rank
    19
    School

    University of Michigan – Dearborn

    Location
    Dearborn, MI
    Tuition
    $613 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    4901 Evergreen Rd
    Dearborn, MI 48128-1491
    (313) 593-5000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Michigan, Dearborn offers a Master of Science in Finance that allows admitted students to take up to six required program units while they are still undergrads. The program is open to all undergraduate majors, but strong quantitative skills are important; for example, calculus is not a required prerequisite for admission, but it is a required prerequisite for several core courses. The program stresses high ethical standards and international connections. Connections with the strong alumni network are important for students and graduates alike.

  21. Rank
    20
    School

    University of North Texas

    Location
    Denton, TX
    Tuition
    $440 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1501 W.Chestnut Ave.
    Denton, TX 76203-1277
    (940) 565-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The University of North Texas offers a Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance. The program supports students who pursue relevant professional certifications during their tenure in the program, including the Certificate Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). Quantitative and technical degrees are not prerequisites for the program, but the program does offer a slate of "background courses" which are given to make up for these kinds of deficiencies.

  22. Rank
    21
    School

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Tuition
    $619 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    800 W Main St
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
    (262) 472-1234

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater offers a Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance. This program has been acknowledged as being especially advantageous for international students, ranked by European Union executives as the Best Remote Learning MBA Program in North America and the best for distance learning in 2014. The World Commerce Review also called this program the "Best Innovation in Global Education" for 2013-2014.

  23. Rank
    22
    School

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University

    Location
    Mount Vernon, OH
    Tuition
    $595 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    800 Martinsburg Rd
    Mount Vernon, OH 43050-9500
    (740) 392-6868

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University gears the Master of Business Administration Finance degree program primarily for professionals already working in finance management in the area. This faith-based institution emphasizes community service and ethics. The finance focus provides coursework in business communication, business law, calculus for business, capital markets, corporate finance strategy, financial laws and ethics, and organizational management.

  24. Rank
    23
    School

    Concordia University – Wisconsin

    Location
    Mequon, WI
    Tuition
    $640 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    12800 N Lake Shore Dr
    Mequon, WI 53097-2402
    (262) 243-5700

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Concordia University program offers a Global Master's of Business Administration with a Finance concentration online. Notable aspects of this program include the fact that neither a traditional thesis project nor the GMAT test are required for students. Also, both on-campus and off-site students meet in an accelerated course format one night a week for eight weeks, so online students share all of the benefits that on-campus students enjoy. The university is a Lutheran institution and cites as part of its central mission preparing students for service to the Lutheran Church and the world.

  25. Rank
    24
    School

    Grand Canyon University

    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Tuition
    $390 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    3300 W Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85017
    (800) 800-9776

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Grand Canyon University program offers a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance. The degree is designed to give students the skills they need to work in corporate financial management and investments. To do that the program focuses on business financial decisions, capital budgeting, capital structure, financial forecasting, fundraising in capital markets, portfolio management and stocks, bonds and derivatives.

  26. Rank
    25
    School

    Ohio University

    Location
    Athens, OH
    Tuition
    $1,004 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    020 Chubb Hall
    Athens, OH 45701-2979
    (740) 593-1000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Ohio University offers an online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. The focus of this Finance concentration provides a focused study of capital, financial protocols and institutions, and risk management including the examination of risks and rewards incumbent to investment in financial markets. Students will gain a deeper understanding of portfolio management and corporate finance. No GMAT testing is required for students in this program.

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