Master of Finance

Improve your skills. Position yourself for success.

Every business has a bottom line. That means finance skills are in high demand. Our master of finance program will prepare you for a career in corporate finance, financial analysis, or wealth management.

This 30-credit, full-time program is designed to meet the needs of recent undergraduates and experienced professionals. 

The Ivy master of finance program features: 

  • state-of-the-art facilities including all major accounting and financial databases and over a dozen Bloomberg data terminals 
  • small classes, allowing you to engage with classmates and internationally known faculty 
  • outstanding career services to help you plan and execute your next move 
  • dual-degree option with the Ivy MBA 
  • add-on graduate certificates in other business disciplines 
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) designation for international students 
  • scholarships and assistantships 



Iowa residents: $752/credit hour + fees
Non-residents: $1,679/credit hour + fees
International students: $1,778/credit hour + fees


July 1 (fall)
December 1 (spring)
April 1 (summer)

*Meeting this deadline improves your opportunities for scholarships and assistantships


May be waived




30 credits, 2-3 semesters


Ames, Iowa


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Meet Wendy Borja-Diaz

Wendy Borja-Diaz is a life-long learner with a knack for numbers.

Originally from Sangolqui, Ecuador, her husband decided to move to the United States to pursue his PhD. Borja-Diaz knew this would be the perfect opportunity for her to pursue her own professional and academic goals.

“I started working with payroll, bookkeeping, and financial reporting and taxation, which I really enjoyed. That’s how I ended up choosing finance as a career path. But I knew this was just the beginning,” Borja-Diaz said.

After completing her master’s in accounting, Borja-Diaz decided she was ready for a new challenge — the master of finance (MFIN) program at Iowa State University. Borja-Diaz worked for a few local businesses and is now an accountant for the Budget and Finance Office within the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

I’m always eager to learn new things and embark on new experiences. The MFIN program offers a whole new set of skills that have made me more marketable and will benefit my future career and my personal finances.”

Wendy Borja-Diaz
Current Student
Iowa State University


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Land your dream job!

Whether you’re looking for an internship, need help perfecting your resume, or you’re ready to land your first job, our career services team offers each student personalized, customized advice and services. 

Our graduate business career services staff will work with you one-on-one to help you to create and execute a search strategy, craft your resume and cover letters, prepare for career fairs and job interviews, improve your networking skills, and successfully negotiate offers.  

Networking opportunities, career fairs, and other career management resources are also part of the package. 

Learn more about our employment outcomes for master of finance grads

Explore MFIN

The Ivy master of finance is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) designated—allowing international students the opportunity to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permit for up to 36 months after graduation.  

Our curriculum gives students room to explore electives from economics, statistics, and other business disciplines like accounting and information systems. Finish in as few as two semesters. Get the most out of your education by getting to know our internationally known faculty in our small classes.  

You can also step up your finance game by adding an MBA with our dual-degree option. Scholarships and assistantships are also available. 

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Apply Today

Our program admits students year-round. Applications are due by July 1, for fall, and December 1, for spring. Application requirements include:

  • resume
  • college transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal essay
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English score for non-native English speakers

Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed promptly.

Please note: Graduate students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from Iowa State University, must take the English Placement Test at the beginning for their first semester of enrollment. The test is administered by the Department of English. It must be taken in addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language), which is taken as a part of the admissions process. A student who does not pass this examination is required to take specific courses in the English 99/101 series. This coursework must be completed no later than the semester BEFORE you graduate.