Finance Schools in Nevada

No colleges or universities in Nevada offer master’s programs in finance. However, graduate students can pursue a PhD in Business Administration with a finance concentration at the University of Nevada in Reno. The program admits students every other year with the next class beginning their studies in 2015. Students may also pursue a master’s in finance through one of the many colleges and universities in other states that offer graduate finance programs online.

Quick Facts

  • There are 2 not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Nevada.
  • 1 not-for-profit school offers a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Nevada, Reno, 59%. 1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: N/A 1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Nevada, Reno, $15,491. 1
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, $11,424. 1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Nevada: $20,512 – $20,615.2
  • 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 not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Nevada

University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno offers a Master of Science in Finance degree program that educates students in the technical and analytical aspects of finance. Graduates of the program are particularly prepared to work in the corporate setting, including in commercial banking, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. The degree can be pursued under a thesis or a non-thesis option, and either course of study can be supplemented with comprehensive electives in various areas of finance, with two finance courses being at the 400-level. The University of Nevada, Reno’s programs have been recognized by Businessweek and the school has experienced strong growth in student enrollment, allowing it to offer a widening array of programs to the benefit of its students.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BBSA) in Finance and a Minor in Finance through its Lee Business School Department of Finance. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Finance teaches graduates how to manage money, time, cash flow, how to trade, and how to recognize business market trends. The Finance Minor also imparts knowledge about money, time value, risk and return, cash flow, and market prices and trends. The BBSA comprises 58 credits of courses during the Junior and Senior year after all general education courses are taken. The minor requires a total of 21 credits including Managerial Accounting, Investments, and Advanced Managerial Finance or Portfolio Management.

Nevada Career Opportunities for Graduates

Nevada does not assess a state-level income tax, and sales tax is low, which helps reduce the cost of living in the state. Tourism is the major industry in Nevada, which leads to opportunities for finance graduates in support and analysis roles. According to the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, major Las Vegas casinos and hotels are among the largest of all employers in Nevada. Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort is one of the largest such employers and its parent company Wynn Resorts is a member of the Fortune 500. Openings of interest to finance graduates are posted to the company’s website. The Nevada State Department of Taxation also provides career opportunities for finance graduates. This governing body administers tax policy and collects tax receipts from businesses throughout the state. Openings are posted through the Nevada Division of Human Resources, which may also post openings in other government departments of interest to finance professionals.

Nevada Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

According to Forbes, Nevada has among the strongest growth prospects out of all 50 states, which should lead to growing career openings for finance graduates. Financial analysts in Nevada currently earn an average annual salary of $69,350.5 Financial managers earn an even higher annual average, at $104,110.5 Las Vegas and Reno provide the greatest number of career opportunities for financial analysts; however, statistics indicate that financial managers find career opportunities that are more evenly distributed throughout Nevada.6 According to Nevada Workforce, financial activities employment in Nevada is projected to grow from 52,087 in 2010 to 52,087 in 2020, a growth rate of 4.4% for the decade.7

Nevada Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts600$74,710
Financial Examiners90$70,810
Financial Managers4,050$104,290
Loan Officers2,780$61,190
Personal Financial Advisors790$77,080

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

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 & 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_nv.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm
7. Nevada Workforce: http://nevadaworkforce.com/