What is a Master in Finance?

part of Business & Management

Finance is a subject that analyses and interprets financial markets, economic trends, banking, assets and liabilities, as well as investments. People who work in Finance analyse data and then make long term financial planning, offering recommendations based on their findings. The aim is to help governments, companies, and people make better financial decisions.

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance teaches you about managing money, banking and financial operations, insurance, real estate companies, and public institutions. During courses, you will also develop your planning, synthesising, and problem-solving skills. You will uncover all the secrets of balance sheets and you'll become familiar with the various types of finance, such as. public finance, corporate finance, or personal finance.

Finance specialists have a knack for working with numbers, constantly forecasting current financial trends and seeing how they’ll lead to profit. A financial specialist always makes sure companies or organisations meets their financial demands.

It’s true that working with numbers is not for everyone. If you enjoy it, however, you’ll make many people, organisations, and governments happy. People love receiving their salaries on time just as much as companies love financial growth. You can be one of the minds that make sure these, and many other transactions and economic related activities actually happen in an organised fashion. As a bonus, you will probably be in charge of your family’s finances and you’ll always have the money for great vacations with the people you love.

Students who graduate with degrees in Finance pursue careers such as: financial analyst, commercial or investment banker, stock, insurance or real estate broker, economist, tax adviser, financial manager, and others.

Read more

Check out our list of Master's degrees in Finance. Keep in mind you can also study an online Masters in Finance.

Best Universities for Finance on MastersPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) TopUniversities Ranking (2018)
New York University New York City, United States 1 10
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 2 6
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 3 7
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 4 1
Columbia University New York City, United States 5 13
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 6 2
London School of Economics and Political Science London, United Kingdom 7 5
Tilburg University Tilburg, Netherlands 8 51
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada 9 28
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 10 11
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 11 4
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 12 26
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 13 31
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 14 8
Stanford University Stanford, United States 15 3
The Ohio State University Columbus, United States 16 51
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 17 51
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 18 25
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 19 51
Duke University Durham, United States 20 36
London Business School London, United Kingdom 21 12
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 21 45
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 23 23
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands 24 51
City, University of London London, United Kingdom 25 51
University of Washington Seattle, United States 26 51
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 27 14
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 28 51
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 29 34
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 30 19
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 31 49
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 32 17
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 33 18
Monash University Melbourne, Australia 34 26
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 35 28
University of Georgia Athens, United States 36 -
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, United States 37 151
Boston College Newton, United States 38 101
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, United States 39 151
University of Maryland College Park, United States 40 101
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 41 -
Princeton University Princeton, United States 42 22
University of Notre Dame South Bend, United States 43 151
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 44 21
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 45 16
Pennsylvania State University University Park, United States 46 51
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 47 20
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 48 51
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 49 32
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Milano, Italy 50 33
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 101 101
Bangor University Bangor, United Kingdom 101 -
Brigham Young University Provo, United States 101 151
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 101 51
Carlos III University of Madrid Madrid, Spain 101 51
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, United States 101 51
ESSEC Business School Cergy-Pontoise, France 101 51
Florida International University University Park, United States 101 -
George Mason University Fairfax, United States 101 -
Georgetown University Washington, D. C., United States 101 151
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, United States 101 51
INSEAD - The Business School for the World Fontainebleau, France 101 42
Laval University Ottawa, Canada 101 -
Macquarie University Sydney, Australia 101 51
Massey University Palmerston North, New Zealand 101 101
McGill University Montréal, Canada 101 51
National Chengchi University Taipei, Taiwan 101 101
University Paris Dauphine Paris, France 101 101
Peking University Beijing, China 101 30
Renmin University of China Beijing, China 101 151
Rice University Houston, United States 101 151
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 101 -
Seoul National University Seoul, South Korea 101 43
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 101 51
Southern Methodist University Dallas, United States 101 -
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 101 51
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 101 -
Syracuse University Syracuse, United States 101 -
George Washington University Washington, D. C., United States 101 151
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, United States 101 -
University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom 101 51
University of Reading Reading, United Kingdom 101 151
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 101 39
Université Catholique de Lille Lille, France 101 -
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 101 -
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 101 51
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 101 51
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 101 101
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, United States 101 -
University of Essex Colchester, United Kingdom 101 -
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, United States 101 -
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 101 -
University of Kansas Lawrence, United States 101 -
University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, United States 101 -
University of Navarra Pamplona, Spain 101 50
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 101 101
University of South Carolina Columbia, United States 101 -
University of St. Gallen (HSG) St. Gallen, Switzerland 101 51
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 101 -
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 101 -
Athens University of Economics and Business Athens, Greece 151 151
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy 151 151
Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, China 151 -
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 151 -
Concordia University Montréal Montreal West, Canada 151 151
DePaul University Chicago, United States 151 -
Durham University Durham, United Kingdom 151 101
EDHEC Business School Lille, France 151 -
Feng Chia University Taichung, Taiwan 151 -
Fudan University Shanghai, China 151 51
Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, United Kingdom 151 -
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin, Germany 151 101
Iowa State University Ames, United States 151 -
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 151 151
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon, South Korea 151 51
La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia 151 151
Lingnan University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 -
Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom 151 -
National Central University Taoyuan City, Taiwan 151 -
National Sun Yat Sen University Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 151 -
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 151 -
Northeastern University Boston, United States 151 -
Old Dominion University Norfolk, United States 151 -
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia 151 101
RMIT University Melbourne, Australia 151 101
Technical University of Munich München, Germany 151 101
Texas Tech University Lubbock, United States 151 -
University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia 151 51
University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand 151 37
The University of Texas at San Antonio Helotes, United States 151 -
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 151 51
University College London (UCL) London, United Kingdom 151 51
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, United States 151 -
University of Bath Bath, United Kingdom 151 151
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy 151 -
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 151 101
University of Central Florida Orlando, United States 151 -
University of Cologne Köln, Germany 151 151
University of Connecticut Storrs, United States 151 -
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 151 -
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 151 151
University of Leicester Leicester, United Kingdom 151 -
University of Oklahoma Norman, United States 151 -
University of South Australia Adelaide, Australia 151 101
University of Southampton Southampton, United Kingdom 151 151
University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom 151 151
University of Turku Turku, Finland 151 -
University of Vienna Vienna, Austria 151 -
Xiamen University Xiamen, China 151 -
Yuan Ze University Taoyuan City, Taiwan 151 -
Arizona State University Tempe Junction, United States 51 151
Boston University Boston, United States 51 51
CUNY Baruch College New York City, United States 51 -
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Copenhagen, Denmark 51 45
Deakin University  Burwood, Australia 51 101
Emory University Atlanta, United States 51 101
Florida State University Tallahassee, United States 51 -
Fordham University Manhattan, United States 51 -
Georgia State University Atlanta, United States 51 -
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 51 51
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 51 51
Singapore Management University Singapore, Singapore 51 51
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 51 51
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51 51
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 51 51
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 51 9
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 51 101
University of Houston Houston, United States 51 -
University of Mannheim Mannheim, Germany 51 51
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 51 51
University of Technology Sydney Sydney, Australia 51 51
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 51 51
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 51 151
Yale University New Haven, United States 51 14
York University Toronto, Canada 51 101
Drexel University Philadelphia, United States 76 -
HEC Paris Jouy-en-Josas, France 76 39
Korea University Seoul, South Korea 76 47
KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium 76 51
Lancaster University Lancaster, United Kingdom 76 51
Maastricht University Maastricht, Netherlands 76 101
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Shanghai, China 76 151
Stockholm School of Economics Stockholm, Sweden 76 51
Temple University Philadelphia, United States 76 -
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 76 51
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 76 23
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom 76 38
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 76 48
University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia 76 39
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 76 101
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 76 34
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Irvine, United States 76 -
Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main, Germany 76 -
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 76 101
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 76 -
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 76 151
University of Rochester Rochester, United States 76 51
University of Virginia Charlottesville, United States 76 151
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Canada 76 101
University of Zurich Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 76 101
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan - 44
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland - 101
Auckland University of Technology Auckland, New Zealand - 101
Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand - 101
Hitotsubashi University Tokyo, Japan - 101
Lund University Lund, Sweden - 101
HSE University Moscow, Russia - 101
Oxford Brookes University Oxford, United Kingdom - 101
Queen's University Kingston, Canada - 101
Tecnológico de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico - 101
The University of Exeter Exeter, United Kingdom - 101
University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand - 101
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal - 101
Panthéon-Sorbonne University Paris, France - 101
Frankfurt University of Applied Science Frankfurt am Main, Germany - 101
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain - 101
University of Canterbury Christchurch, New Zealand - 101
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland - 101
University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 101
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, United States - 101
University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand - 101
University of St Andrews St Andrews, United Kingdom - 101
Waseda University Tokyo, Japan - 101
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Vienna, Austria - 101
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China - 101
American University Washington DC Washington, D. C., United States - 151
Aston University Birmingham, United Kingdom - 151
Autonomous University of Madrid Alcobendas, Spain - 151
Curtin University Perth, Australia - 151
Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea - 151
Keio University International Center Tokyo, Japan - 151
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea - 151
Nanjing University Nanjing, China - 151
National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan - 151
National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan - 151
Osaka University Osaka-shi, Japan - 151
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Spain - 151
Stockholm University Stockholm, Sweden - 151
The City University of New York New York City, United States - 151
Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid, Spain - 151
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia - 151
University Teknologi Mara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 151
University Utara Malaysia (UUM) Kuala Kedah, Malaysia - 151
University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland - 151
University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, United Kingdom - 151
University of Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia - 151
University of Padua Padua, Italy - 151
University of Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa - 151
University of Wollongong Wollongong, Australia - 151
University Putra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 151
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management Vallendar, Germany - 151
Bologna Business School Bologna, Italy - 51
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States - 51
University of Chile Santiago, Chile - 51
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil - 51
University of Western Ontario London, Canada - 51
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington, New Zealand - 51
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea - 51
Show per page: 10 | 50 | 100

Wishlist