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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 MS in Finance program provides a solid foundation for building a career in finance. The curriculum combines expert instruction in finance theory with practical application to prepare students for a range of careers in finance.

The Carlson Advantage

The numbers speak for themselves. 


of 2017 grads received job offers within 180 days of graduation


Master's in Finance in the United States, QS World University Ranking (2019)


months to complete

Carlson Advantage

World-Class Faculty

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

Applied Curriculum

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 a highly ranked business school, the Carlson MS in Finance 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. After just one year, the MS in Finance vaulted to #14 in 2017 program rankings.

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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.

MSBA Networking

Connect with Top Employers and Professionals Worldwide

Connect with Top Employers and Professionals Worldwide

MSBA Program Structure

Flexible Formats

Choose an accelerated 12-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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