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Finance Schools in Missouri

The following guide provides useful information to those pursuing a master’s in finance in Missouri. Universities in Missouri offer a wide range of finance degree options. Students can pursue a quantitative Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree or a broader industry-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. For working professionals or individuals who need a more flexible program, some universities also offer evening classes, hybrid options, or completely online degrees. Graduates with master’s in finance degrees can find many different employment opportunities in the finance industry in Missouri after graduation.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 19 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Missouri.1
  • 6 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Washington University in St. Louis 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Avila University 41%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Saint Louis University $33,222.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Harris-Stowe State University $9,371.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Missouri*: $5,220–$49,770.1
  • 2 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016: Washington University Olin Business School (#21), University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business (#69) 2
  • 3 schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2017 (top 100): Washington University Olin Business School (#25), University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business (#76), Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business (#102) 3

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

Schools in Missouri with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

Washington University in St. Louis

The Olin Business School at Washington University in Saint Louis offers a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) in four different tracks. Students can complete specializations, or tracks, in Corporate Finance and Investments or Wealth and Asset Management in 11 months. WashU also offers a Quantitative Finance track focusing on mathematical expertise and business decision-making, which can be completed over 17 months. Finally, students can choose a self-designed Global Finance MSF that is started in Olin and finished at an international partner university. All four tracks emphasize securities research, asset management, and fixed income. Coursework is paired with experiential learning, and students participate in real-world consulting projects. The career center at Washington University provides career advising and connections to the business world for post-graduation opportunities.

University of Missouri, Kansas City

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management, students can earn a Master of Science in Finance (MSF). This program is aimed at those looking to advance their careers or to complete further specialized training for certifications like Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP). The curriculum is entrepreneurship-based and globally focused, and students learn both foundational business principles and practical industry skills. The course content focuses on subjects such as financial management, investment, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. After completing core courses, students choose an interest area to focus on, such as wealth management, corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, or financial analysis.

Saint Louis University

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Working professionals can choose the part-time track with courses offered on weekday evenings. This option can be completed in two and a half years or up to five years. Students attending full-time can complete their MBA in one year over the course of three terms, starting in the summer. The full-time program includes a week-long experiential learning study abroad trip to Hong Kong. In both programs, students can choose a concentration in areas such as accounting, economics, finance, management, or marketing. Prior work experience is not required for application to this program, and MBA students can use the Business Career Resources Center to help advance their post-graduation career goals.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Missouri

The Robert J. Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri offers an online Master of Science in Finance (MSF). The program is aimed at both working financial professionals and recent degree recipients who want to grow their financial knowledge and analytical decision skills. Students can finish their MSF in one year on a full-time basis or in two years as part-time students. The program is available completely online or as a combination of online and on-campus classes. Students can choose to participate in a week-long study-abroad experience, visiting international businesses and attending classes taught by the host-country university. Through the completion of specific elective courses, students can earn an optional concentration in financial management, investment management, or real estate. Graduates from the online MSF program are prepared for jobs such as financial analyst, investment banker, or investment portfolio manager.

Missouri State University

At Missouri State University, students can earn an online Master of Business Administration (MBA). The tuition for the online MBA program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students, and about 25% of students in the business school are online students. The MBA curriculum starts with foundational courses, although some may be waived if the student completed undergraduate business classes. Students then study core courses in subjects such as information systems management, organizational behavior, and business decision-making. Finally, students have the option to complete a graduate certificate by choosing elective courses. Graduate certificates are available in specialties such as finance, data analytics, leadership, or international business.

Missouri Career Opportunities for Graduates

Missouri is home to many nationally and internationally-known financial institutions. Large financial companies such as Edward Jones, H&R Block, and Mastercard Worldwide have corporate centers in the state. Other investment and financial services companies like Wells Fargo Advisors and American Century Investments have headquarters in Missouri as well. The urban centers of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia host many of the state’s largest companies. Missouri is the only state in the United States to have two Federal Reserve Banks, one in Kansas City and one in St. Louis. With many national and statewide organizations in Missouri, graduates with advanced degrees from finance schools may find opportunities within the finance industry in the state.

Missouri Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations134,590$68,330
Financial Analysts3,730$91,740
Financial Examiners1,790$77,510
Financial Managers8,750$132,560
Financial Specialists, All OtherN/A*$75,240
Loan Officers7,350$75,530
Personal Financial Advisors4,280$103,280

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017.4
*Data not available from the BLS.

Missouri Salary and Job Outlook

Missouri has many career opportunities for graduates with a master’s in finance. Financial managers in the state earn $132,560 annually, similar to the national average of $139,720.4,5 The state of Missouri has the third highest concentration of financial examiners in the country, and the number of positions is projected to grow at a rate of 9.1% per year.6 Financial analysts in Missouri earn an average annual wage of $91,740, and positions are projected to grow at a rate of 8.4% per year through 2024, or by 110 open positions per year.4,6 There are many growing positions in the financial industry within Missouri for those with a degree in finance, and those with graduate degrees in finance should have an advantage.

Additional Resources

  • Government Finance Officers of Missouri (GFOA) – Professional association of government finance officers. Group supports continued education of finance officials, as well as advocacy for the industry’s code of ethics.
  • Kansas City Association for Financial Professionals (KCAFP) – Community of varied professionals in the finance industry. KCAFP holds seminars, educational opportunities, and events for networking with other members.
  • Missouri Society of Accountants (MSA) – Organization for accountants in private and public sector in Missouri. MSA promotes continued learning opportunities and industry ethics standards for accountants in the state.

Directory of Missouri Master’s in Finance Programs

Lindenwood University
209 S Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-2000
http://www.lindenwood.edu/

Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, MO 64152
(816) 741-2000
http://www.park.edu/

Saint Louis University
1 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
(800) 758-3678
https://www.slu.edu/

University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1000
https://www.umkc.edu/

Washington University in St Louis
1 Brookings Dr
St Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-5000
https://wustl.edu/

Webster University
470 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-6900
http://www.webster.edu/

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, Missouri: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mo.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Managers: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm
6. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm