Master's in Finance Vs. MBA

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A Master's in Finance (MS in Finance) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are both business-related degrees that can lead to careers in finance and economics.

1 Master's in Finance Overview

A Master's in Finance is a graduate degree that emphasizes development of innovative leadership in financial management, according to MIT Sloan Management School, a leading provider of a Master in Finance program.

2 MBA in Finance

A Master's of Business Administration is a common business graduate degree. It is a broad-based business-management degree but typically offers students specialization in areas like finance. The Guide to Online Schools points out that an MBA in Finance adds to a business degree by teaching students to make high-level risk-and-reward-based financial decisions.

3 Decision

If your intention is to become a professional economist, you should opt for a Master's in Finance. If you are interested in broader business-management areas likely to involve high-level financial decisions, you should obtain an MBA with finance emphasis.

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.