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Finance Schools in Nebraska

This guide is designed to provide information on advanced degrees in finance offered in the state of Nebraska. Finance schools in Nebraska offer a variety of options to fulfill each student’s specific educational and career goals. Students of all skill levels and educational backgrounds can find a finance master’s program that will meet their needs. Degree programs offered in Nebraska include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a finance concentration, a Master of Science in Strategic Finance (MSSF), and a Master of Finance (MFin). Many of these finance degrees offer the option between on-campus and fully online coursework. Finance schools in Nebraska also offer dual-degree or graduate certificate programs. For example, Creighton University offers a dual MBA-MFin degree which can be completed in 48 credits.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 4 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Nebraska.1
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Creighton University 79%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Bellevue University 75%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Creighton University $30,353.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Bellevue University $6,349.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Nebraska*: $7,204-$37,606.1
  • No schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 20162
  • 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 Nebraska with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

Creighton University

Creighton University offers a 33-credit Master of Finance degree which can be completed either on-campus or fully online in as little as two years. This finance degree gives students a thorough understanding of all aspects of financial management, preparing them for differing roles in the business industry. Course titles include Portfolio Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Advanced Managerial Finance, and Economics of Investment Management. Students may also pursue a dual degree with Creighton University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA). This MBA/MFin degree can be completed in 48 credits. An undergraduate degree and GMAT scores are required for admission and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students may start the finance master’s program during any term. A limited number of scholarships and assistantships are available for business and finance students.

Bellevue University

Bellevue University offers a Master of Science in Strategic Finance (MSSF) which can be completed either on-campus or through online coursework. The Bellevue finance master’s degree is designed to prepare students to make both financial and business decisions. Students are taught to analyze an organization’s financial strategy, value optimization, and enterprise-wide risk assessment and communicate these to stakeholders. This finance degree is comprised of 27 core credits and nine elective credits for a concentration. Bellevue students can choose between available concentrations like accounting, finance, and human capital management. Core classes include a broad range of topics including financial reporting, global markets, and investments. Bellevue University offers students career services, including individual career coaching, resume critiques, and on-campus recruiting. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is required to apply.

Creighton University

Creighton University offers a Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (MIMFA) that is accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliate program. This CFA distinction prepares students for the CFA exam, making graduates more marketable in a competitive business world. Creighton University’s MIMFA is designed to prepare students for a career in portfolio management and investments by focusing on professional standards, risk assessment, and security analysis. Course titles include Economics of Investment Management, Fixed Income and Derivatives, and Financial Statement Analysis. Students may also pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Creighton while completing their MIMFA. GMAT scores are required to apply, as well as an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students may start at any term. Creighton University offers career services for students, including resume and cover letter building, mock-interviews, and a large alumni network.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

Bellevue University

Bellevue University offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) that can be completed entirely online. Students are given the opportunity to choose between 19 different concentrations, including Accounting, Finance, and Human Capital Management. This business degree is designed to provide students a thorough understanding of the business industry, while allowing them to focus on a specialized area of interest. By focusing on both hands-on learning and business theory, students will be able to successfully navigate a career in business management. Course titles include Financial Reporting and Analysis, Risk Management, International Finance, and Financial Management and Strategy. The Bellevue finance degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the International Accreditation Council for Business Education. This same Bellevue MBA program is also offered in a traditional on-campus format.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

University of Nebraska – Lincoln offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) which can be completed either fully online, on-campus, or through a hybrid program. Students take 30 credits of core business courses and 18 credits of elective courses, allowing students to focus on the topics that are most important to their career goals. Core courses titles include Financial Accounting, Managerial Finance, and Managerial Economics. Students are also required to take an elective course focusing on international business, preparing them for an increasingly globalized economy. Those with little business experience are required to participate in an internship to gain more hands-on experience. Students may also choose to pursue a graduate certificate in Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management concurrently with the MBA. Applications are accepted in July, November, and April. GMAT/GRE scores are required, as well as an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 GPA and one year of professional work experience for the online degree.

Nebraska Career Opportunities for Graduates

Nebraska is home to a wide variety of large companies and financial institutions, making it a great location for recent financial graduates. Companies headquartered in Nebraska include Affiliated Food Midwest, Great Plains Communications, and Merrick Machinery. Other large employers in the state include Nebraska Medicine, Taylor Communications, and PayPal. First Commercial Bank, First State Bank, Farmers State Bank, and Union Bank and Trust Company are all financial institutions headquartered in Nebraska. Ameritas is a mutual insurance firm based in Lincoln that offers many financial services and requires financially knowledgeable employees. Bridgepoint Merchant Banking and Corporate Finance Associates are investment banks headquartered in Nebraska that offer a variety of financial services, including financial management to lower and middle market and business valuation for mergers. This variety of large companies and financial institutions give students many option in their post-graduation job hunt.

Nebraska Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations48,520$65,430
Financial Analysts2,050$73,420
Financial Examiners240$88,760
Financial Managers2,590$134,470
Financial Specialists, All Other260$67,350
Loan Officers2,980$77,980
Personal Financial Advisors1,080$109,110

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2018.4

Nebraska Salary and Job Outlook

Nebraska is predicted to see a positive job growth for the financial sector and salaries that are comparable to the national average.4,5 According to Projections Central, finance jobs are steadily increasing in the state over the 10-year period between 2014 and 2024.4 Most notably, financial examiner jobs are growing at double the national average, increasing by 18.8% in Nebraska as compared to the national average of 9.7%.4 Financial examiners in Nebraska also earn a salary that is competitive with the national average, with Nebraska resident financial examiners earning $88,760 compared to $88,940 nationally.5,6 Financial manager positions are also expected to increase by 10.7% in Nebraska, as compared to the national average of 6.8%.4 In Nebraska, financial managers earn an average salary of $134,470, compared to $139,720 nationally.5,7

Additional Resources

Directory of Nebraska Master’s in Finance Programs

Bellevue University
1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005
(402) 293-2000
http://www.bellevue.edu/

Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
(402) 280-2700
https://www.creighton.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. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Nebraska: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_NE.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Examiners: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132061.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Managers: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm