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Master of Science in Finance

Whether you’re newly starting out or looking to extend your reach, the Carlson School’s Master of Science in Finance program provides deep knowledge and intensive practical application for building a career in finance. With a curriculum that combines expert instruction in finance theory with the quantitative and computational skills now driving the field, you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running in a range of finance careers.

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The Carlson Advantage

The numbers speak for themselves. 


of 2019 & 2020 grads received job offers within 180 days of graduation


Master in Finance in the United States, QS World University Ranking (2023)

10 or 16

months to complete

Carlson Advantage

World-Class Faculty

Engage with globally renowned faculty throughout the MS in Finance program who impart their academic expertise in the classroom, bring a wealth of experience working with leading companies, and are well-informed of the emerging challenges organizations face.

Applied Curriculum

Master of Science in Finance curriculum includes an experiential learning component that challenges student teams to analyze crucial issues surrounding a finance challenge, collect data, and present their findings to local industry professionals.

STEM Designated

The MS in Finance program is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM designated program. STEM programs allow greater flexibility for international students.

Knowledge to Create Business Value

Offered by the top-ranked Carlson School, the MS in Finance program prepares students to turn complex financial information into business value. The comprehensive curriculum provides students foundational knowledge applicable to corporate finance, security analysis and portfolio management, investment and commercial banking, risk management, and more. In addition, students work with current databases and software to sharpen the kind of quantitative skills that are in high demand.

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Widely Recognized for Excellence

Carlson School faculty members are widely recognized for their expertise in finance and economics. The professors who teach MS in Finance courses also conduct scholarly research that is changing the field for the twenty-first century. 

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Valuable Experience with Real Companies

Experiential learning is a core value at the Carlson School. In addition to classroom study, all MS in Finance students work on real projects for a client company. Students are exposed to practical opportunities to apply theories learned in the classroom. This also provides resume-worthy achievements to help students stand out on the job market.

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Connect with Top Employers and Professionals Worldwide

Some of the top employers around the globe hire Master of Science in Finance graduates. Connect with the Carlson Business Career Center to land your next great career opportunity.

MSBA Program Structure

Flexible Formats

Choose an accelerated 10-month format and complete the program's 39 credits in three intensive semesters. Alternatively, students have the option of a 16-month plan that allows time to pursue an internship or simply study over a longer timeline.

Study in a Thriving Business Community

Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to major companies such as US Bancorp, Ameriprise Financial, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Target, UnitedHealth Group, and more. It also happens to be one of the highest rated cities in the United States for quality of life.

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