There's strength in our numbers

From exceptional student placement rates to top salaries for our graduates, Tippie's finance department sets a high bar for student success. In fact, as part of our full-time MBA program, the finance department was ranked #1 in the world by the Financial Times.

Tippie finance faculty are leaders in both research and teaching. Our students get hands-on experiences like managing real-world funds. And our graduates are making an impact in the world of business—from leading Fortune 500 companies to influencing major mergers and acquisitions.

With a finance degree from Tippie, you’ll have what you need to succeed. For the latest information on Finance department happenings, check out our award-winning Exchange magazine.

Academic programs

Finance Major

Finance majors experience classes that involve finding, following, managing, and making money. You’ll learn financial and investment fundamentals.

Risk Management & Insurance Major

Risk management & insurance (RMI) professionals help companies and individuals identify risk and address it. The demand for RMI graduates continues to grow. And so will your opportunities.

Master of Finance

Earn an MS degree from a school with a global finance reputation. Gain focused financial expertise, financial analytics proficiency, and hands-on experiences like consulting for clients and managing real-world funds.

PhD in Finance

Working side by side with researchers in finance and teaching in the classroom prepares you for work in this dynamic field.

$71,490

Average starting salary (Master's)

Master's in Finance graduates, 2020-2021

95 %

Finance alums employed or in grad school

December 2020 & May 2021 graduates

$ 770 k

Value of one student-managed fund at Tippie

Krause Fund, January 2022

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Finance faculty

Faculty within the department includes a roster of tenure-track faculty, experienced lecturers, and adjunct faculty from the corporate sector.

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Amrita Nain

Research interests

Tippie faculty research dives deep into areas of risk management, real estate, corporate finance, investments and more.

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Students in class

Clarence Tow Lectures in Finance

Hear from high-profile researchers from finance present to an audience of faculty, PhD students, and researchers from in and around the University of Iowa.

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# 1

Largest undergraduate major at Tippie

# 4

MBA Finance program in the world

Financial Times, 2017

34,000

Google scholar citations by 16 tenure-track faculty

Department highlights

Hawkinson Institute

Dedicated to getting students career-ready for jobs in investment banking—open to finance and accounting majors.

Vaughan Institute

Preparing students for beneficial careers both in corporate risk management and insurance—one of the state’s largest industries.

Hadley Finance Lab

The Phil Hadley Finance Lab brings together finance students from select courses and programs in a collaborative space dedicated to the study of financial markets.

Henry Fund

An endowed equity portfolio managed by select students in the Master of Finance program, valued at over $23 million.

Krause Fund

Undergraduate students learn to manage a diversified portfolio of stocks through a semester-long Applied Equity Valuation course.

Hart Fund

Students develop expertise in the bond market by defining and executing an investment strategy for a fund dedicated to fixed income and managed by Tippie Master of Finance students.

Recent news

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9 best books for learning how to get out of debt

Monday, November 21, 2022
Lauren David | Business Insider
Finance Assistant Professor Cameron Ellis was quoted in this Business Insider story about the best books for getting out of debt.
Two halfs of the brain

To retire well, you need to look at your life holistically

Monday, September 12, 2022
By Amanda May
Tippie professors Amy Colbert and Erik Lie are here to help make financial and emotional readiness decisions whether you're ten, five, or just one year away from retirement.
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New gifts to strengthen risk management and insurance program

Thursday, September 1, 2022
Tom Snee
The Tippie College of Business has received a pair of gifts from alumni that will allow for the continued strengthening of its risk management and insurance education and research program.

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Contact us

Finance Department
S252 Pappajohn Business Building
319-335-0929

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