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Finance Schools in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s colleges and universities offer a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in finance. The University of Oklahoma, for example, features a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration while Oklahoma State University awards the Master of Quantitative Financial Economics. Programs may be offered on a full time or on a part time basis. A convenient and flexible alternative to a traditional finance program is an online master’s program in finance, provided at many traditional colleges.

  • There are 16 colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Oklahoma.
  • 4 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus and University of Tulsa, 66%. 1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Central Oklahoma, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Tulsa, $25,503. 1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Northeastern State University, $7,211. 1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Oklahoma: $11,607 – $33,095.2
  • 1 school in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013: University of Tulsa (55).
  • 3 schools in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100): University of Oklahoma (67), Oklahoma State University (88), and University of Tulsa (93).

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

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University, through its Watson Graduate School of Management, offers a Master of Science in Quantitative Financial Economics (MSQFE). The MSQFE program can benefit students with undergraduate degrees in many subject areas, from statistics to business. Through this program, students learn how to understand and apply financial theory to valuation, price and risk management, and modeling. Three specializations are available, Financial Engineering, Risk Management, or Investment Management, all of which are designed to help students meet their professional objectives. As a research institution, Oklahoma State University offers students access to powerful resources like its High Performance Computing Center and Technology Development Center.

University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma awards a Master of Business Administration degree that allows students to tailor the curriculum towards professional interests, including finance. The faculty and advisors of the program are highly supportive of students from the time of admission through graduation and include career and interview preparation support in the curriculum. Classes are scheduled through eight-week modules that are timed to allow graduate students to take on summer internships with advantages over applicant competition from other schools. The course sequence also allows students to graduate from the program in as little as sixteen months. For electives, students interested in finance have a wide variety of finance and accounting courses to choose from in addition to electives in business administration, information systems, and other fields.

University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa offers a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) through its Collins College of Business that can be pursued as a single degree or as a dual degree such as a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics or Master of Business Administration. The curriculum for the MSF includes opportunities to concentrate in Corporate Finance, Investments and Portfolio Management or Risk Management. About half of students pursuing programs offered by the College of Business receive scholarship awards from the school. The University of Tulsa has been named a “Best Value” college by the Princeton Review and is included in the Colleges of Distinction guide.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Forbes has listed Oklahoma among the top ten states for business for its competitive economic climate and the cost of its labor supply. Forbes has also noted the state’s business-friendly regulatory environment. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce also reports that professionals in the state’s finance and insurance industries earn higher than average salaries compared to other professionals in the state. Halliburton is one of the top employers in Oklahoma. Specializing in servicing the needs of the energy industry, Halliburton has received multiple industry awards for its innovations. Finance professionals with advanced degrees are welcome to apply to the company’s many openings. Headquartered in Tulsa with subsidiaries throughout the state, Bank of Oklahoma offers personal, business, and wealth management services to its clients. The diversity of the company’s services provides a number of opportunities for recent finance graduates.

Oklahoma Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

According to Forbes, Oklahoma has healthy growth prospects, especially when compared to other states. Oklahoma financial analysts make an average annual salary of $68,190 whereas financial managers make an average annual salary of $88,380.5 These averages may be much higher in more urban areas of the state.6 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts positive job growth for financial analysts and financial managers between 2010 and 2020 of 23% and 9% respectively.7,8

Oklahoma Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts1,310$69,290
Financial Examiners350$77,190
Financial Managers5,330$91,010
Loan Officers4,970$51,200
Personal Financial Advisors800$61,030

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=OK&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_ok.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-6
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-6