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Finance Schools in Vermont

This page provides information about different master’s degrees in finance in Vermont. Those interested in a master’s in finance can choose from degrees such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or finance degrees with industry concentrations. Some universities offer full-time, accelerated degrees, while others offer evening, part-time options designed for working professionals or even fully online degrees. Students may find opportunities start businesses or pursue financial jobs in Vermont after graduation. Continue reading below to find out more details about different finance degrees offered, specializations and graduate certificates, and career outlooks in Vermont.

Finance Program Stats

  • There is 1 four-year not-for-profit college or university with a finance degree program in Vermont.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

Since the NCES reports only one four-year not-for-profit school with a finance degree program in Vermont, the first four bullet points below reflect facts for that institution only. For an institution-wide comparison with other regional schools in neighboring states, check out our New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts pages.

  • Graduation rate*: Champlain College 62%.1
  • Transfer-out rate*: Champlain College 28%.1
  • Net price per year*: Champlain College $38,370.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition*: Champlain College $38,660.1
  • 1 school in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016: University of Vermont Grossman School of Business (#107).2
  • 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 Vermont with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Vermont

The Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont offers a Master of Business Adminsitration (MBA) in Sustainable Innovation. This one-year program teaches the foundational business knowledge traditional in most MBA programs in addition to emphasizing sustainable and environmentally-conscious business principles. Students learn about running profitable and sustainable enterprises through classroom theory and real-world projects. The curriculum is cohort-based, with four eight-week modules, and students work both individually and collaboratively. The first nine months of the program are classroom-based, and students complete a practicum project in the last three months. This project is a full-time, real-world experience with an existing company or new venture working in sustainable entrepreneurship. Students can also find support in the career services center through career coaching, professional development, and networking opportunities.

College of St. Joseph in Vermont

At the College of St. Joseph in Vermont, students can earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree on their own schedule. This program is designed for working adults interested in developing their leadership skills in order to advance to upper-level management positions in private and public organizations. The curriculum teaches both leadership and business strategy, emphasizing decision-making skills as well as the technical business knowledge needed to succeed in management roles. Students study a core curriculum including courses such as Organizational Behavior and Development, Managerial Finance, Leadership, and Marketing Management. Students can choose to study through a hybrid schedule with evening and Saturday classes or entirely online. The program can be finished in as little as one year or on a part-time basis according to a student’s own academic pace.

Marlboro College

Marlboro College‘s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a 45-credit program designed to be completed over two years. Through small, collaborative classes, students learn analytical and interpersonal skills, from financial analysis to public speaking. Students study online and use distance-learning tools for most coursework and attend face-to-face classes on campus one weekend a month. The core curriculum focuses on foundational areas such as business communication, systems thinking, and financial decision-making. Students then choose a concentration area, such as conscious business, collaborative leadership, mission-driven organizations, social innovation, project management, or sustainable food systems. The program finishes with executive-level leadership development seminars, which focus on decision-making in business scenarios, and a masterwork project, where students design responses to real-life situations. The MBA program at Marlboro College emphasizes leadership and applicable experience throughout the curriculum and provides networking and mentorship opportunities for students post-graduation.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

Champlain College

Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that can be completed entirely online in one to two years. The curriculum focuses on foundational technical and business skills, but the Stiller School of Business also emphasizes a systems-thinking approach to decision-making. Students learn organizational leadership strategies and how to work collaboratively in complex business environments. Courses are organized in eight-week sessions, and the core curriculum includes classes such as Financial Decision Making for Management, Managing Risk in Organizations, and Process Integration and Performance. Students can then choose to specialize in accounting, advanced management, conflict management, healthcare administration, human resource management, information security, leadership, positive organization development, or supply chain management. Those without a bachelor’s degree in business or management may need to complete two prerequisite courses in Managing Organizational Risk and Survey of Accounting for Managers.

Norwich University

Norwich University offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that can be completed entirely online. This 36-credit program consists of six courses, each 11 weeks long, and it ends with a one-week residency at the university. Students start with a core curriculum that emphasizes foundational business areas and how that business knowledge is applicable in the work environment. Students can then pursue the general MBA track or specialize in project management, construction management, energy management, finance, organizational leadership, or supply chain management and logistics. The curriculum culminates with an independent research project designed by each student. Through the program concentrations and individual projects, students can specialize in their industry and learn skills needed to advance into leadership roles. The online program coursework can be accessed according to each student’s schedule, and the curriculum starts at four different dates a year. Most students complete their degree in 18-24 months.

Vermont Career Opportunities for Graduates

Vermont provides many different opportunities for graduates with master’s in finance degrees. The state is home to a number of local and regional banking and financial institutions, including Union Bankshares. Technology companies such as NTT Data and IBM have centers in the state, offering roles in accounting and finance. Healthcare is a large industry in Vermont, and companies such as Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont Medical may have positions in healthcare finance administration. Graduates may also find opportunities to work for local and statewide not-for-profit organizations or start their own businesses. Vermont’s major cities include Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland City, and Brattleboro. Those with finance degrees in Vermont may find positions at one of the state’s many companies or start their own organization after graduation.

Vermont Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations15,080$65,630
Financial Analysts170$92,780
Financial Examiners50$73,890
Financial Managers740$121,890
Financial Specialists, All Other120$71,170
Loan Officers570$69,860
Personal Financial Advisors350$71,530

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2018.4

Vermont Salary and Job Outlook

Graduates from finance schools in Vermont may find opportunities to work in the state’s finance industry. Financial analysts can earn an average salary of $92,780 in the state, comparable to the national average of $97,640, and Northern Vermont, in particular, has one of the nation’s highest concentration of these positions in a nonmetropolitan area.4,5 Financial specialists in the state can earn an average of $71,170 annually, similar to the national average of $76,260.4,6 Personal financial advisor positions in Vermont are projected to grow at a rate of 17.7% through 2024, and their average salary in the state is $71,530.7,4 Students with degrees in finance may have an advantage in securing one of these jobs or other similar financial positions in Vermont.

Additional Resources

  • Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA) – Organization of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) in the state. VTCPA publishes industry news, posts job openings, promotes a CPA network, and organizes educational events for members.
  • Vermont Bankers Association (VBA) – Member association of banks and banking professionals in Vermont. VBA promotes industry advocacy and shared resources among members as well as networking and educational activities.
  • Common Good Vermont (CGV) – Statewide organization that provides support to local nonprofit organizations. CGV offers shared resources, promotes industry connections, and organizes networking connections and educational events.

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, Vermont: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_vt.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Analysts: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Specialists, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132099.htm
7. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm