A high-impact career in the investment industry starts with a strong foundation

The Finance Department of Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) offers a program of study in security analysis and portfolio management. This two-year course of study prepares you for a career in the valuation of companies and securities and the management of investment portfolios.  It gives you the theoretical knowledge, analytical skills, and real-world insights to confidently launch your career in these fields. Graduates of the program earn the master’s degree, MS-Business in Finance, Investment and Banking.

This program is designed for all UW–Madison Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) majors and UW–Madison undergraduate economics students, offering an efficient path to an MS degree with one additional year of study beyond BBA requirements.

This program connects you with industry professionals and gives you the opportunity as a student to manage over $20 million in equities and fixed income assets. UW–Madison MS in Finance students are highly sought after—for both internships and full-time positions—by leading investment firms.

Employment Statistics

MS in Finance 2018 Graduating Class

100%

Placement rate within three months of graduation

100%

Internship placement rate

Base Salary

$87,000

Average base salary

$85,000

Median base salary

$10,625

Average signing bonus

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Preparation for the Real World of Investments

Opportunities for hands-on experience are central to the Wisconsin MS in Finance Program. A hallmark of the program is our portfolio of over $20 million in assets, managed entirely by students. As a student here, you’ll be part of a team managing real money held in an equity or fixed income portfolio. You will make presentations to a panel of professionals, experiencing the client-manager relationship firsthand. You’ll also gain an insider’s view of the investment industry from guest lecturers and through on-site visits to leading investment firms.

Alumni Dedicated to Your Success

The program has a strong base of more than 600 alumni worldwide. Many have founded their own asset management firms, while others are working in top investment firms. Alumni engage with students and the School on a regular basis, making presentations in classes, serving on our advisory boards, and providing internship and employment opportunities. As your career progresses, you can continue to tap into this alumni network for career connections, information sharing, and more.

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A Highly Regarded Applied Security Analysis Program With Connections to Leading Employers

The program leading to the MS in Finance degree is delivered by the faculty of the Finance Department and the staff of the Stephen L. Hawk Center for Investment Analysis within the Wisconsin School of Business. The Hawk Center and the program deliver a challenging and comprehensive applied program in security analysis and portfolio management. This program prepares students for careers in investment management, and it benefits from the active participation of seasoned professionals. These professionals hold leadership positions in the investment community, and include Hawk Center advisory board members, alumni, and other industry partners.

Top employers value the challenging and highly individualized education provided in the program’s curriculum. They also count on the Hawk Center and its staff to select individuals to enter the program who become high-caliber employees. Leading investment research firms and other industry partners contact the Center staff to recruit Wisconsin School of Business students year after year for internships and full-time positions. The Center staff help you as a student meet your career goals by providing industry-specific career advising. They also facilitate connections with potential employers in the geographic region you prefer.

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A CFA Institute University Affiliation Program School

The Wisconsin School of Business is a participant in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, which ensures that our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is helpful to students preparing for CFA Program exams.

Kara Olsen

“The biggest strength of the program is the extent to which we are taught how to analyze investment opportunities; it was very clear during the interview process for internships that the specific training we received was an advantage. My summer internship at Barclays in sell side credit research was a great opportunity to see how the investment process works at a first tier investment bank while working toward getting a full-time job offer.”

—Kara Olsen, MS in Finance ‘18
Credit Research Analyst, Barclays Capital

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