Finance Schools in Arizona

Arizona’s colleges and universities offer a diverse selection of graduate finance programs. Students may opt to pursue a general master’s degree in finance or specialize in such areas as investment management. Dual programs, which allow students to earn a second graduate degree like a Juris Doctor (JD) or a Master of Business Administration (MBA), are available at some universities. An increasingly popular alternative to traditional programs is online learning. Many colleges and universities feature online graduate finance programs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 3 not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Arizona.
  • 2 not-for-profit schools offers a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: Arizona State University-Tempe 66%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Arizona $15,591.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Arizona State University-Tempe $12,893.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Arizona: $20,364 – $26,231. 2
  • 2 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013: University of Arizona (50) and Arizona State University (77).
  • 3 schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100): Arizona State University (30), The University of Arizona (44) and Thunderbird School of Global Management (88).

*For 4-year not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Arizona

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, offers students a variety of business degrees at the graduate and undergraduate level. For those interested in finance, the Eller College of Management offers a master’s degree in management with a concentration on finance. The degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in investment management, capital markets, and financial analysis. Students completing the degree are prepared for the Chartered Financial Analyst exams, levels I and II. For those wanting to continue their finance education, a doctoral degree is also available. To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 30 credit hours in finance coursework as well as six credit hours towards a thesis or project. The latter is completed in pairs rather than on an individual basis.

Arizona State University-Tempe

Arizona State University-Tempe offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance, a Master of Science in Finance (MS-FIN), W.P. Carey MBA with a concentration in Finance, and a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance as part of its W. P. Carey School of Business Department. The MS-FIN degree boasts an average GPA of 3.47 for incoming students, an average age of 25, and 62 students in the entering Fall class of 2016. ASU-Tempe was ranked in the 2017 US News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Graduates of the MS-FIN degree program will be prepared to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam with courses including Statistics for Managers, Investment Strategies, International Finance, Risk Management in Banks and Financial Institutions, and a Finance Capstone.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Finance that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). To graduate with the BSBA degree in Finance, a minimum of 30 units of upper-level classes must be taken, and at least 30 total units (and 18 upper-level courses) must have been taken at Northern Arizona University. 120 total units are required to complete the degree, 45 units of which must be business core and 27 of which must be major requirements, including six units of additional business courses, a certificate, or a minor. Courses include Personal Finance In A Global Economy, Principles Of Finance, Financial Analysis and Working Capital Management, Field Work Experience, Student Managed Investment Fun – Fixed Income Emphasis, Cases In Corporate Finance, and Legislative Internship. The school also offers a Certificate in International Business Studies and a BSBA in Business Economics.

Arizona Career Opportunities for Graduates

Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. both employ thousands of people, including those with advanced finance degrees. Also hiring finance graduates in the state are JP Morgan Chase & Co., American Express Co., USAA, and Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.

Arizona Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts4,460$74,960
Financial Examiners380$72,640
Financial Managers10,000$105,620
Loan Officers9,240$62,170
Personal Financial Advisors3,930$68,720

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Arizona Financial Analysts and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

Overall, the average yearly salary for financial professionals in Arizona is $62,070.5 Management analysts can expect to earn more than the average with a mean salary of $70,820, while credit analysts come in just under the average at $59,330.5 Financial analysts and budget analysts in Arizona earn average salaries of $65,650 and $65,290, respectively.5 Personal financial advisors in the state have a mean salary of $63,270 and financial examiners can expect to earn around $74,000 per year.5 The data on growth in the field of financial careers are promising around the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the financial sector is growing and the jobs associated with it are on the rise as well. For budget analysts, the growth of jobs is projected at a rate of 10 percent from 2010-2020.6 For financial analysts, whether working for individuals or corporations, the projected increase in jobs is even greater at 23 percent.6 Financial examiner jobs are growing especially quickly at 27 percent, well above the national average for job growth.6

Arizona Financial Professional Associations

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-accounting/?type=private&type=public
3. Bloomberg Businessweek: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
4. US News and World Report: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_az.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm