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Finance Schools in Wisconsin

The information below provides guidance for those interested in a master’s in finance degree in Wisconsin. Wisconsin universities offer a variety of finance degrees, from Master of Science in Finance (MSF) to Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Students can complete an immersive, accelerated curriculum or follow flexible, part-time or online courses. After graduation, those with master’s in finance degrees may find work in Wisconsin as analysts, bankers, accountants, or in many other financial industry positions. The information below provides details on different finance school programs in Wisconsin as well as possible career opportunities post-graduation.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 14 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Wisconsin.1
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Wisconsin, Madison 85%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Marian University 41%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Marquette University $33,502.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Madison Area Technical College $10,606.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Wisconsin*: $7,544–$40,265.1
  • 1 school in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016: University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business (#28).2
  • 1 school in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2017 (top 100): University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business (#34).3

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

Schools in Wisconsin with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business offers a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) with a specialization in Applied Security Analysis. Students gain theoretical knowledge and analytical skills to succeed in the investment and portfolio management industry. The program focuses on real-world experience and students frequently interact with professionals in the finance field. Students have the opportunity to manage a university fund of more than $50 million in equities and fixed-income assets. UW-Madison alumni serve on an advisory board, keeping the curriculum relevant and up-to-date, and many alumni also help provide recent graduates with networking, internship, and employment opportunities.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Students at the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee can earn a Master of Science in Management (MS) in Finance Analysis. The MS curriculum focuses on subjects such as capital markets, investment banking, financial institutions, and international fund management. All students gain knowledge of financial foundations, from accounting and statistical techniques to managerial economic analysis. Students without a business or finance background may need to complete additional courses in foundational subjects such as corporate finance and financial modeling. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers multiple Master of Business (MBA) degrees as well, such as an accelerated 20-month format, a flexible schedule degree, and a degree aimed at working professionals.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program aimed at mid-to-senior level executives in the business world. There are no prerequisites for courses, but applicants need to have a minimum of eight years of full-time professional work. Students can choose between weekend classes or evening and online classes. The curriculum at UW-Oshkosh is designed for executives and emerging business leaders, focusing on the finance economy and the economics of enterprises. Coursework is meant to be relevant in today’s business climate and students are encouraged to apply classroom lessons at work. The program emphasizes leadership skills and effective communication strategies.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has an online Master of Business Administration program designed for those looking to advance in the business world. Students learn critical thinking skills, strategic decision-making, and international business practices. Students choose a specialization in one of 11 concentrations, such as finance, project management, international business, and supply chain management. The curriculum focuses on real-world experience and the ability to think globally, behave ethically, and lead effectively. Prospective students at UW-Whitewater without a background in finance or an undergraduate business degree may need to take some additional prerequisite courses. Tuition for the online MBA is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin offers an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance. All MBA students complete core classes and then choose a concentration such as finance, or accounting, international business, or marketing. Students selecting a finance concentration follow a curriculum in financial institution management, international finance, accounting, and strategic management. The classes at Concordia teach aspects of real estate investment, securities analysis, financial strategy, and risk management. The online MBA is designed to teach students relevant knowledge for the financial field in addition to real-world skills in ethical and responsible decision-making.

Wisconsin Career Opportunities for Graduates

Wisconsin is home to many financial institutions and large companies providing potential opportunities for those with advanced degrees in finance. Milwaukee and Madison are the largest cities in the state, home to most of the state’s financial institutions. Financial companies such as Northwestern Mutual, American Family Insurance Group, Sentry Insurance, and Thrivent Financial are headquartered in Wisconsin, offering analyst, accountant, and managerial positions. Banking companies like Johnson Bank, Bank Mutual, and Associated Banc-Corp also have centers in Wisconsin. Large national and international companies, such as Johnson Controls, Menards, and Target Corporation are based in the state as well. With many companies based in Wisconsin, students with master’s in finance in the state can career opportunities within the state.

Wisconsin Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations133,960$63,500
Financial Analysts4,460$78,050
Financial Examiners1,400$74,280
Financial Managers8,810$124,040
Financial Specialists, All Other1,170$56,060
Loan Officers6,800$71,390
Personal Financial Advisors4,370$108,680

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017.4

Wisconsin Salary and Job Outlook

Graduates with master’s in finance degrees in Wisconsin may find opportunity within the state’s finance industry after graduation. While average annual wages in the state are generally lower than national averages, most likely due to a relatively low cost of living, rates of growth within the industry are comparable to national averages. Financial analysts in Wisconsin, for example, earn an average salary of $78,050, lower than the national mean wage of $97,640.4,5 However, financial analyst positions in Wisconsin are predicted to grow at a rate of 11.9% over ten years (from 2014 through 2024), which almost exactly traces the national rate of 11.7%.6 Financial specialists in Wisconsin can expect to earn an average annual wage of $56,060.7 Personal financial advisors in the state earn around $108,680 annually, and those positions are projected to grow at 26.3% over the next ten years (or 260 positions annually).4,6

Additional Resources

  • Wisconsin Association for Financial Professionals (WIAFP) – Not-for-profit organization for financial professionals. WIAFP provides educational opportunities for members through networking events and conferences.
  • Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association (WGFOA) – Professional organization for public finance officials. WGFOA provides educational opportunities, promotes awareness of the profession, and enables professional networking opportunities.
  • Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) – Organization representing 98% of banks in Wisconsin. WBA advocates for the banking industry in Wisconsin and provides opportunity for continued education of banking professionals.

Directory of Wisconsin Master’s in Finance Programs

Concordia University- Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700
https://www.cuw.edu/

University of Wisconsin-Madison
702 W Johnson St Suite 1101
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 262-2433
https://www.wisc.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, Wisconsin: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wi.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Analysts: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
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 Specialists, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132099.htm