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MS in Finance, Investment, and Banking

Prepare for a career in company valuation, securities, and investment portfolio management. Earn your MS-Business in Finance, Investment, and Banking degree at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Begin Your High-impact Career in the Investment Industry

Grow job-ready skills

Gain theoretical knowledge, analytical skills, and real-world insights to confidently launch your career in finance.

Manage a real portfolio

Manage more than $15 million in equities and fixed income assets as a part of a student team.

UW’s renowned expertise

Learn from the experts at the School’s industry-focused knowledge center—the Stephen L. Hawk Center for Investment Analysis.

Program Overview

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4+1 Program

  • First year of program: senior undergraduate year
  • Second year of program: fifth graduate year
  • Open to all UW–Madison undergraduate students.

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  • Emphasis on experiential learning
  • Connections to industry professionals
  • 700 program alumni & 45,000+ business school alumni
  • Leading-edge curriculum
  • Personalized career coaching
  • Mentorship and advisory board

Results That Launch Careers–2022 Employment Outcomes

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Career Opportunities

Prepare for the real world of investments

  • Manage real money held in an equity or fixed income portfolio.
  • Make presentations to a panel of professionals
  • Gain an insider’s view of the investment industry from guest lecturers and on-site visits.

Alumni and corporate partner involvement

Alumni make presentations in classes, serve on our advisory boards, and provide internship and employment opportunities.

Many alumni have founded their own asset management firms or work in top investment firms.

Individualized education gives you an edge

The Center staff help you meet your career goals by providing industry-specific career advising. They also facilitate connections with potential employers in the geographic region you prefer.

Leading investment research firms and other industry partners contact Hawk Center staff to recruit students every year.

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.

“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 ’18)
Credit Research Analyst, Barclays Capital

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