Move Forward 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. Graduates enter the job market ready to succeed in a variety of roles and pursue multiple options.

  • 95%

    Job Placement

  • #14

    Master's in Finance in the United States, QS World University Ranking (2017)

  • STEM

    designated by Homeland Security

  • 12-16

    months to complete

MS Finance student
  • Internationally Renowned Program

    As a CFA University Affiliation Program, the Carlson School of Management is a recognized champion of practical, relevant, and thought-provoking finance and investment education programs.

  • Experiential Learning

    Curriculum includes 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.

  • Twin Cities Community

    The Carlson School is situated amid the thriving Minneapolis-St. Paul business community that is home to leading organizations that span the banking, insurance, and securities and investment services industries.

  • 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.

  • Individualized Career Services

    The Carlson School Graduate Business Career Center is dedicated to providing students with personalized career planning and support, and offers extensive resources to help students with all aspects of their career development.

  • A Powerful Alumni Network

    Join a network of 54,000 alumni that spans 95 countries and hundreds of industries. 

  • MSF Program Ranking

  • Professor Bob Goldstein

    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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  • MS Finance student at the Carlson School

    Valuable Experience Working 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. This gives students practical opportunities to apply theories learned in the classroom. Experiential learning also provides resume-worthy accomplishments to help students stand out on the job market.

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    Connect with Top Employers and Professionals Worldwide

    MS in Finance graduates now work at some of the world’s most well-known financial institutions, as well as consulting firms and other companies. Demand for finance professionals is strong, and 95% of the 2017 class received employment offers within 180 days of graduation.

    Discover who’s hiring MS in Finance graduates

  • MS Finance students at the Carlson School

    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 time line.

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