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Finance Schools in Idaho

The information on this page provides details about different master’s degrees in finance in Idaho. Many universities in Idaho offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Some MBA programs are designed for working professionals, while others are ideal for recent graduates or career-changers. Programs differ in curriculum, concentration, and academic commitment, and students can choose between full-time, part-time, or even completely online coursework. Graduates with finance degrees may find opportunities to work in Idaho’s finance industry after finishing their studies. Continue reading below to learn more about finance degree details, specialization options, and possible career opportunities in Idaho.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 4 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Idaho.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Brigham Young University Idaho and University of Idaho 56%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Boise State University 26%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Idaho $14,787.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Brigham Young University Idaho $8,344.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Idaho*: $3,420-$7,232.1
  • No schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016.2
  • No schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2017 (top 100).3

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

Schools in Idaho with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

Idaho State University

The College of Business at Idaho State University offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Students in the program learn the foundations of business as well as the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to face modern business challenges. The curriculum includes core courses such as Operations Management, Financial Management, and Information Systems for Business. Students also gain real-world experience through case studies and consulting projects for local organizations and develop communication skills through team projects. Students can tailor their degree and choose an emphasis in subjects such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management. ISU also offers a Master of Accountancy (MA) for students interested in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. This program can be completed in one to four years, depending on a student’s schedule and academic background. Some beginning core courses are available online, and courses are also available in the evening for students working full-time.

University of Idaho

At the College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho, working professionals can earn an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree. Students in this program have an average of nine years of managerial experience, and the curriculum is designed for mid-career professionals who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Students study foundational business subjects, taking courses such as Strategic Business Communication, Marketing Management and Innovation, Decision Analytics, and Risk Management. The EMBA curriculum also focuses on the integration and application of these business concepts, tying academic theory to the workplace. Students in the program study as a cohort, meeting at the Coeur d’Alene campus once a month for an immersive weekend. Full-time EMBA students can complete the program in 22 months, but students also have the option of a more flexible or part-time schedule that fits their careers.

Boise State University

Boise State University offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree designed for recent business and non-business graduates with little to no work experience. This full-time degree program can be finished in two academic years, without prerequisite courses, and recent graduates with a high GPA may not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score. Early career professionals and recent graduates looking to advance in business can complete an immersive curriculum focused on fundamental business knowledge and useful skills. Core courses include Accounting for Managers, Corporate Financial Management, Data Management and Analytics, and Innovation Driven Advantage. Students learn how to apply business theory to the challenges of the global economy, as well as communication, collaboration, and teamwork strategies. The MBA program also includes an internship, allowing students to gain real-world experience while still in school and graduate with experience on their resumes.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

Boise State University

Boise State University offers an on-campus or online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree ideal for working professionals with two or more years of management experience. The online MBA can be completed in as little as 12 months, and the Professional MBA, a part-time evening program, can be completed in three academic years. Both programs focus on business foundations that can be applied in the workplace, and students learn creative problem-solving skills, project management, and leadership techniques. The core curriculum includes courses such as Corporate Finance, Managerial Accounting, Managing Successful Projects, Business Plan Development, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. BSU also offers an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) for mid-career professionals looking to advance their leadership potential.

Northwest Nazarene University

At Northwest Nazarene University, working professionals can earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree completely online. This program is designed for those already working in the business field, and the curriculum focuses on business foundations and useful skills. Students can finish the program in as little as 16 months with a significant academic commitment, or part-time students can set their own flexible pace. The 33-credit core curriculum includes courses such as Corporate Finance, Managing in a Global Economy, Strategic Marketing, and Organizational Dynamics. Those interested in accounting careers can pursue an accounting emphasis, which prepares students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination through courses like CPA Auditing, CPA Financial Accounting, and Managerial and Cost Accounting.

Idaho Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates from finance schools in Idaho may find positions in some of Idaho’s many companies after graduation. Idaho is home to many agricultural, energy, and science and technology corporations. Fortune 500 companies such as Safeway, Albertsons, and JR Simplot are based in the state, as well as a number of mining and manufacturing companies. Technological manufacturers such as ON Semiconductor, Micron Technology, and Sun Microsystems, now part of Oracle Corporation, are headquartered in Idaho. Finance technology companies such as Clearwater Analytics and statewide and local financial institutions also offer positions in financial roles. The state’s biggest city, Boise, is home to many corporate centers, and smaller cities such as Meridian, Nampa, Idaho Falls, and many towns in between also host various companies. Those with master’s in finance degrees may have an advantage in finding a position in one of these companies or within other organizations in the state after graduation.

Idaho Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations25,390$64,390
Financial Analysts420$74,320
Financial Examiners130$81,050
Financial Managers1,990$94,010
Financial Specialists, All Other380$61,850
Loan Officers2,520$64,510
Personal Financial Advisors680$100,620

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2018.4

Idaho Salary and Job Outlook

Those with advanced degrees in finance may find opportunities to work within Idaho’s finance industry after graduation. Idaho has a slightly lower than average cost of living, so some of the state’s salaries are lower than national averages, but the rate of growth in financial positions in Idaho and in the United States at large is similar.5,6 Financial examiners, for example, can expect to earn an average wage of $81,050 in the state, compared to the national average of $88,940.4,7 These positions, however, are projected to grow in Idaho by 23.4% through 2024, over double the national rate of 9.7%.6 Financial manager positions in the state are projected to grow quite rapidly as well, by 21.7%, or 910 positions annually, through 2024 (about three times the national rate of 6.8%).6 Financial analysts in Idaho can expect to earn an average annual salary of $74,320.4 Graduates with a master’s in finance degree may have an advantage securing these positions or other roles in the state’s growing financial sector.

Additional Resources

  • Idaho Bankers Association (IBA) – Trade association for banks operating in Idaho. IBA hosts educational events, provides resources to member banks, and organizes advocacy on behalf of the banking industry in the state.
  • Idaho Association of Public Accountants (IAPA) – Group of accounting and tax professionals. IAPA sponsors continued learning opportunities and networking events for members, as well as scholarships for Idaho accounting students.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Society Idaho (CFA Society Idaho) – Professional society of Chartered FInancial Anaysts and others working in the investment industry. The Idaho chapter organizes professional development events, facilitates networking, and promotes ethical and professional standards in the industry.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Bloomberg, Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
3. US News & World Report, Best Business Schools in 2017: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Idaho: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm
5. Sperling’s Best Places, Idaho State Cost of Living: http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/state/idaho
6. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Examiners: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132061.htm