Outlook: Bright with a strong chance of positive ROI.

Graduating with a master's degree in finance means you'll be entering the finance workplace at a time when specialization commands a premium that an undergraduate degree alone can't match. A recent survey of corporate recruiters shows one third of all companies and half of all Fortune Global 100 recruiters plan to hire Master of Finance grads (GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey, 2019).

The starting base salaries for Master's of Finance graduates is between $42,000 and $85,000 with the average starting salary at $66,500. Data as of February 2020.

Master of Finance Salary Data

With base salaries averaging 33% higher than for those with bachelor's degrees alone, master of finance grads realize rapid ROI. Here are the salary outcomes for graduates of the program as of February 2020. 

Invest in an option-rich future

A Master of Finance degree opens doors, accelerates careers, and equips you with the skills you need to pursue the profession you want. Master of Finance graduates frequently enjoy rewarding work in the following positions and industries:

  • Asset management
  • Assistant band manager
  • Bond analyst
  • Business development
  • Commercial banking
  • Consulting
  • Corporate finance
  • Country risk analyst
  • Credit rating analyst
  • ETF & index investing analyst
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial leadership program associate
  • Financial management analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Financial regulation
  • Financial reporting
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Investment planning
  • Investment research
  • Investor relations
  • Mergers & acquisitions analyst
  • Money management
  • Private wealth management
  • Real estate
  • Research and publications analyst
  • Risk management
  • Trading
  • Treasury and cash management
  • Underwriting
  • Venture capital and private equity

Get expert guidance

Your Master of Finance degree will change the trajectory of your career. And when it comes to shaping your career choices, we have expert guidance to guide you in your journey.

Tippie’s Career Management Center has expert professionals who provide comprehensive career coaching and guidance throughout your job search process. We’ll even help you establish career plans and hone your job search skills. As a master's student in Finance, you’ll get individualized support for your job and internship searches, interview prep, mock interviews, salary negotiation guidance, and more. We’ll also help you build relationships with alumni and employers whose careers intersect your areas of interest.

Black-and-gold opens doors around the world

As a Tippie graduate with a Master of Finance degree, you'll be a part of the robust Tippie alumni network spanning over 50,000 business professionals and influencers around the world. And this is just one part of the greater University of Iowa community of 270,000+ alumni.

With many regional and city-specific events to attend and connections in the top firms around the world, you'll have the opportunity to connect and cultivate your own professional network anywhere your career takes you.

Build a resume with real experience

Whether it's publishing your research reports while working on the student-run funds or consulting for a company, the work you'll do during the Master of Finance program will be a part of your employment toolkit.

For years, Tippie's student analysts have used their research reports - published on the Henry Fund website - to prove their valuation chops to their employers and get a leg up in the job search process. Through the Hart Fund, Tippie's student-run fixed income fund, you'll develop a solid understanding of bond and their markets where real funds are on the line. Finance Consulting opportunities offer a chance to show employers the true value of your finance skillset -- even before your resume hits the hiring manager. 

The experiential learning opportunities you'll find at Tippie are hard to beat -- and they'll show potential employers exactly how you can add value to their organization from day one.