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 for building a career in finance. With a curriculum that combines expert instruction in finance theory with practical application, you’ll be prepared for a range of careers in finance.
The Carlson Advantage
The numbers speak for themselves.
of 2019 grads received job offers within 180 days of graduation
Master in Finance in the United States, QS World University Ranking (2019)
months to complete
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 School’s Graduate Business Career Center to land your next great career opportunity.
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.
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.