The Vanderbilt Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is a ten-month, on-campus degree offering a fast track to a wide array of career possibilities. You might be wondering, “Is a masters in finance worth the time and money?” The MS Finance degree teaches you the technical skills you’ll need to be successful in corporate finance, investment banking, sales and trading, asset management, real estate, consulting, investment research and more. At Vanderbilt, this degree comes with a small-by-design approach to learning and flexible MBA-level finance curriculum that enables you to tailor your studies around your interests and career goals. You also get one-on-one career coaching and leadership development. You’ll learn finance from professors like Bob Whaley, Craig Lewis and Bill Christie, each of whom have made a notable impact on the world of finance. And like many of our students, you may qualify for a merit-based scholarship to help with the cost of this prestigious degree. With a four-year average of 98% employment within 90 days of graduation, our students successfully launch their careers at top companies like Deutsche Bank, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Intel. Read more about this competitive program in The Vanderbilt Advantage.

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Vanessa Arndt

Associate Consultant, Bain & Co., Houston, TX

When Vanessa Arndt applied to the MSF program, she planned on a career in corporate finance. Then she switched to investment banking. Then she concluded that management consulting would allow her to combine these two interests. She credits Owen’s Career Management Center for helping her navigate her way into a consulting career. “They were incredibly supportive through this entire process,” she says.

Kelly Smith

Private Equity Associate, Global Endowment Management, Charlotte, NC

After earning her MSF, Kelly Smith helped oversee the investment portfolio for the University of North Carolina. Then she joined a young private equity firm, where she was promoted twice in less than three years. Now that she’s had experience in both the public and private markets, she prefers the latter. Within a decade she hopes to lead GEM’s private equity investment team.

Robert E. Whaley

Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management (Finance) Director, Financial Markets Research Center Chairman, MSF Advisory Board

A frequent contributor to Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Marketplace and other news organizations on topics of market volatility, Bob Whaley is renowned as the “father of the fear index”-- the VIX, created for the CBOE in 1993.

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The Vanderbilt MS Finance program ranked #1 globally on the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education 2018 master's in finance list.

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