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Finance Schools in Washington

City University and Seattle University both provide graduate students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in finance. City University’s Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration consists of 48 credits with a fall or a spring start date. Seattle University’s Master of Science in Finance can be completed on a part-time or on a full-time basis. Students may specialize in business valuation. Online degree programs at some universities offer a master’s in finance program for students seeking greater flexibility.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 10 colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Washington.
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: University of Washington – Seattle Campus, 81%. 1
  • Highest net price per year*: Seattle University, $31,961.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Washington – Seattle Campus, $9,395. 1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Washington: $14,440 – $34,800.2
  • 2 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013: University of Washington (48) and Seattle University (67).
  • 1 school in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100): University of Washington (23).

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

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Washington

Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University offers a Master of Business Administration – Finance Concentration degree with coursework in advanced corporate finance and investments that also covers the study of firms in financial distress. Coursework can be taken full or part-time in mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Gonzaga University has been rated as a top regional university and best value by US News & World Report, and the school has also been recognized by the Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s.

Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University offers a Master of Science in Finance degree with a global focus and cross-disciplinary preparation for finance professionals. The ten-month program is taken on a full-time course of study that also prepares students to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. The curriculum is focused on the principles and theory of finance and includes credit for an internship and a research capstone. The Pacific Lutheran University School of Business has maintained Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation since 1971 and has strong connections with the local and global business community.

Seattle University
Seattle University, through its Albers School of Business and Economics, awards a Master of Science in Finance degree. This degree emphasizes the development of skills for critical thinking and quantitative analysis while encouraging students to recognize and assess social and ethical decision making. Students learn advanced financial theory as well as finance and accounting skills to prepare for careers in securities, banking, financial management, or other sought-after career areas. The degree typically takes between one and a half and four years to complete. US News & World Report regularly places Seattle University in the top ten universities in the West. Seattle University is also highly ranked by Fiske Guide to Colleges and Businessweek.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The state of Washington is ranked highly by Forbes’ Best States for Business list as one of the best states in the US for business, supported by its ready labor supply and strong economic climate. Seattle Business Magazine recently ranked Columbia Bank, one of the largest employers in Washington, among the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Columbia Bank is a regional institution focusing on the needs of individual, business, and commercial clients in the Northwest, providing banking and wealth management services. Openings for finance professionals at the company headquarters in Tacoma and at branch locations are frequent. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is based in Seattle. With over $34 billion in assets, the Foundation works to solve social and ethical issues around the globe. The non-profit foundation relies on finance professionals to ensure efficient allocation of resources and posts finance openings to its website.

Washington Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

Financial analysts in Washington earn an average annual salary of $87,260, whereas financial managers earn an average annual salary of $115,600.5 Financial analysts find most career opportunities in the state’s western business corridor, with the highest average salaries found in Bellingham, at $95,460 per year.6 Financial managers find career opportunities concentrated within the same corridor, with the highest average annual salaries found in the greater Seattle area, at $126,240.7 Forbes recently estimated that Washington State has the second strongest prospects for growth out of all fifty US states.8 Job growth for financial analysts and managers is predicted to remain positive between 2010 and 2020 at a growth rate of 23% and 9% respectively.9,10

Washington Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts3,910$86,010
Financial Examiners360$82,680
Financial Managers10,680$116,170
Loan Officers5,660$77,460
Personal Financial Advisors3,400$95,350

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=WA&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_wa.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm
8. Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/best-states-for-business/list/
9. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-6
10. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-6