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Finance Schools in New Jersey

The information below is a guide for those interested in pursuing a master’s degree in finance in New Jersey. Many colleges and universities in New Jersey offer advanced finance degrees and MBA degrees with finance concentrations. Students can choose from programs that are full-time or part-time, and in-person or online. New Jersey is home to many major financial companies, and the nearby financial hub of New York City also provides students opportunities to network and further their careers. More information about top-ranked schools, program types, and career outlooks for those with master’s degrees in finance can be found below.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 13 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in New Jersey.1
  • 4 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Rutgers University-New Brunswick 80%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: New Jersey City University 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Rider University $29,037.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Rutgers University-Newark $10,771.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in New Jersey*: $13,829–$39,820.1
  • 4 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016: College of New Jersey (#35), Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business (#65), Rutgers University-Newark (#97), Rowan University Rohrer College of Business (#112).2
  • 2 schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2017 (top 100): Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark and News Brunswick (#50), Stevens Institute of Technology (#83).3

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

Schools in New Jersey with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

Saint Peter’s University

The MBA program at Saint Peter’s University focuses on business innovation and future trends in the finance industry. Students complete the 48-credit program with optional concentrations, like finance, risk management, and international business. Saint Peter’s offers some hybrid and online courses, as well as an accelerated, combined five-year undergraduate and master’s degree in business administration. In all programs, students learn interpersonal skills and strategic communication while also developing qualitative reasoning for data-based analysis. The faculty and staff at Saint Peter’s University offer comprehensive advising and networking for future career opportunities.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

At two Fairleigh Dickinson University campuses, the College at Florham and the Metropolitan Campus, students can earn an MBA with a finance specialization. Working professionals who want to develop their leadership skills and professional expertise can choose several sub-areas within finance for further specialization. Students learn concepts and real-world tools to help organizations make financial decisions in sectors such as investment, banking, and government. Courses focus on financial analysis, management, and evaluation of financial strategies. Varied coursework, real-life trading labs, and research projects prepare students for a variety of positions in the finance world. Located close to New York City, students at Fairleigh also benefit from on-site visits and guest speakers from major companies.

Rutgers Business School

The Rutgers Business School at New Brunswick offers a Master of Financial Analysis program. This program includes exam preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, led by experienced faculty in the field. This finance master’s is available as a full-time, year-long program, or as a flexible, part-time curriculum for working professionals that can be completed over a maximum of four years. Students learn foundational analytical skills through real-world investment analysis and portfolio management. Graduates should have the skills to pursue a number of financial positions, such as financial analyst, portfolio manager, consultant, and financial advisor. For non-native English speakers, Rutgers also offers a Summer Intensive Business English program for strengthening business communication skills.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

Seton Hall University

The Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University offers an online MBA for those looking to develop leadership skills and specialties in the finance industry. The business school emphasizes analytical thinking, global management, and ethical leadership. Students learn to apply critical thinking to different business problems and learn how to communicate ideas effectively. The degree can be completed entirely online, with 25 core credits and 15 credits in a concentration such as accounting, finance, or marketing. The Stillman School of Business online program has alumni and professional connections in New York City, helping students find opportunities as financial managers, analysts, and business operations managers.

Montclair State University

At the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, the online MBA degree combines academic theory and practical knowledge. This general MBA focuses on business foundations and managerial practices, with optional concentrations in project management and marketing. Students can start the program at six different points throughout the year, and the program generally takes 24-27 months to complete. The program is flexible for working professionals, with 80% of MBA students fully employed while doing the program on a part-time basis. The online MBA at Montclair provides credentials and business knowledge for financial professionals to develop skills and further their careers.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology offers a tech-driven curriculum for their online MBA program. Courses focus on innovation to make tech-savvy managers and are taught by professionals with business experience and technical expertise. The 48-credit program is split into two classes per semester or eight 15-week semesters. The MBA program focuses on the connection between technology and business, encouraging innovative thinking and management strategies. Students can specialize in management information systems, marketing, or finance. The flexible online system is supported by a team of faculty, enrollment advisors, and program coordinators.

New Jersey Career Opportunities for Graduates

New Jersey’s financial sector benefits from both its proximity to and distance from the financial hub of New York City. Many companies seeking cheaper real estate and taxes strategically locate their headquarters in the state of New Jersey while still remaining connected to New York City. Financial services and the insurance industry contribute more than $31 billion to New Jersey’s economy annually. Major finance corporations such as JPMorgan, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, and Prudential Financial have headquarters in the state. New Jersey is also home to a growing financial technology industry, combining high-tech approaches to the financial industry. Those with advanced finance degrees in New Jersey have many opportunities to work in a growing, evolving financial field.

New Jersey Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations226,570$82,280
Financial Analysts7,960$100,430
Financial Examiners2,130$99,450
Financial Managers20,180$165,560
Financial Specialists, All Other6,590$76,380
Loan Officers6,570$84,240
Personal Financial Advisors6,800$131,460

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017.4

New Jersey Salary and Job Outlook

New Jersey, close to the financial hub of New York City, offers very competitive wages and growth in the financial field, as well as a lower cost of living than its neighboring state of New York.5 Financial manager positions are projected to grow at a rate of 4.4% annually, or by 640 positions per year.6 Financial analysts in New Jersey make an annual mean wage of $100,430, slightly above the national average.4,7 The area containing New York City and neighboring parts of New Jersey has the highest concentration of financial analysts in the country.7 Financial examiners in New Jersey also make above an average salary of $99,450, higher than the average national wage of $88,940.4,8

Additional Resources

  • Financial Planning Association of New Jersey (FPANJ) – This organization advocates for the financial planning industry and encourages the professional development of its members. Professionals can network with one another, access internal job boards, and learn from structured or informal association gatherings.
  • Commercial Finance Association, New Jersey Chapter (NJCFA) – For those in the asset-based financial services industry, this local chapter of the international CFA offers workshops and networking opportunities.

Directory of New Jersey Master’s in Finance Programs

Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(800) 338-8803
http://www.fdu.edu/

Kean University
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 737-5326
http://www.kean.edu/

New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(888) 441-6528
https://www.njcu.edu/

Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(800) 257-9026
https://www.rider.edu/

Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Rd
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4000
http://www.rowan.edu/home/

Rutgers University-Camden
303 Cooper St
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-1766
https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
57 US Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(731) 445-4636
https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/

Rutgers University-Newark
195 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-1766
https://www.newark.rutgers.edu

Saint Peter’s University
2641 John F Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(888) 772-9933
http://www.saintpeters.edu/

Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9000
https://www.shu.edu/

Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372
https://www.tesu.edu/

William Paterson University of New Jersey
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 720-2000
https://www.wpunj.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, New Jersey: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nj.htm
5. Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Cost of Living Data Series, Third Quarter 2017: https://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/
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 Analysts: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Examiners: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132061.htm