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Finance Schools in Idaho

Idaho’s colleges and universities award undergraduate degrees in finance. No schools in the state currently offer an advanced degree program in finance. However, students can still earn a Master of Science in Finance and remain in Idaho. Many online programs feature graduate programs leading to a master’s degree in finance. Online programs typically allow students to fulfill all degree requirements online.

Quick facts:

  • There are 5 colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Idaho.
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: Brigham Young University, 61%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Idaho, 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Idaho, $14,147.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Brigham Young University, $10,240.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Idaho: $3,770 – $19,000.2
  • No schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013.
  • No schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100).

*For 4-year colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Idaho

Boise State University
Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics confers a Master of Business Administration degree with several different tracks available to provide flexibility for students’ scheduling needs. This program is the only such program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. The core financial curriculum includes managing corporate finance, global economics, and managerial accounting. Boise State is striving to become a first-class research institution and has been recognized by US News & World Report as an up and coming school.

Idaho State University
Idaho State University offers a Master of Business Administration – Finance degree through its College of Business. The evening course schedule allows students pursuing the degree to continue working full time. The coursework for this degree focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to develop strategies and conduct financial analysis at the micro and macro levels. Through the Bengal Solutions program, students help businesses in Idaho solve real problems by developing workable solutions, which also can function as a networking tool for future employment. The College of Business understands the importance of experiential learning and works to ensure students are prepared to enter the world of finance upon graduation.

University of Idaho
The University of Idaho offers a Master of Accountancy, a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics: Finance Option as part of its College of Business and Economics. All three programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (ACSB) International. The Master of Accountancy comprises 30 credits and develops students’ critical thinking and research skills. The bachelor’s degree in Finance is a hands-on program designed to teach students how to invest, trade, and develop winning business strategies. The bachelor’s degree in Business Economics: Finance Option is also accredited by ACSB and focuses on imparting strong analytical, research, and critical thinking skills to its graduates. The University of Idaho also offers an Executive MBA program.

Career Opportunities for Graduates in Idaho

Idaho is ranked among the best states for business with its reasonable business costs and regulatory environment by Forbes magazine. It also provides a high quality of life for residents and workers. Edward Jones, the financial services and investment firm, has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For by Fortune and has several offices in Idaho. Edward Jones focuses on developing quality strategies for its individual and business clients using a diversified approach to investment analysis and management. It is hiring financial professionals to work from its Idaho locations. Idaho Central Credit Union’s philosophy is to provide high-quality, personalized service to its members, which include individuals as well as businesses. To do this, it relies on its qualified and dedicated finance professionals. Idaho Central Credit Union provides a strong benefits package to its employees, which includes less common benefits such as dependent scholarships and family wellness programs. The company regularly recruits financial analysts and managers.

Idaho Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

Idaho financial analysts make a competitive annual salary, at $81,500 on average, as do Idaho financial managers at an average $79,750 per year.5 The disparity could be accounted for by US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates indicating that financial investment activities account for most financial analyst work, and these services are in demand in certain regions of Idaho, most particularly Boise. Financial managers make a higher average annual salary compared to state averages in the greater Boise area, at $85,140 per year.6 Based on US Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, demand for financial managers should rise 14% between 2010 and 2020.7 This indicates that financial manager salaries could edge higher, opening new opportunities for recent finance graduates.

Idaho Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts320$79,770
Financial Examiners70$59,560
Financial Managers1,750$88,570
Loan Officers2,100$58,970
Personal Financial Advisors610$67,950

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

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=ID&major=finance-accounting&sort=best
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_id.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-6