Graduate Business Program Earns No. 3 Spot in Latest Rankings

Oct 20, 2016
  • Graduate
  • Business

CONTACT:    Dr. LaVelle Mills, 806-651-3866,  


CANYON, Texas—For the third consecutive year, The Financial Engineer has recognized the graduate business program at West Texas A&M University with a top 10 ranking. WTAMU’s Master of Science in Finance and Economics (MSFE) was ranked No. 3 in The Financial Engineer’s 2017 Financial Economics Rankings of economics and finance graduate programs.

Overall scores for the rankings are based on several factors, including the program’s acceptance rate, incoming students’ undergraduate GPA, employment after graduation, faculty credentials and starting salary. The Financial Engineer Times’ Master of Financial Economics Rankings are the most comprehensive rankings for graduate financial economics programs in the United States.  The institutions recognized in the most recent rankings are as follows:

• No. 1—Columbia University, Financial Economics;

• N. 2—Brandeis University, International Economics and Finance;

No. 3—West Texas A&M University, Finance and Economics;

• No. 4—California Lutheran University, Quantitative Economics;

• No. 5—University of California - Santa Cruz, Applied Economics and Finance;

• No. 6—Bowling Green State University, Financial Economics;

• No. 7—Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Economics and Finance;

• No. 8—University of Colorado - Denver, Economics and Finance;

• No. 9—Youngstown State University, Financial Economics;

• No. 10—State University of New York at Buffalo, Financial Economics;

• No. 11—University of Wyoming, Economics and Finance;

• No. 12—University of Detroit - Mercy, Financial Economics;

• No. 13—Ohio University, Financial Economics;

• No. 14—Saint Louis University, Applied Financial Economics;

• No. 15—University of Maine, Financial Economics; and

• No. 16—Utah State University, Financial Economics.

"We are very proud of the national recognition the business program at West Texas A&M University continues to receive," Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, Gene Edwards Professor of Financial Planning, said.  "The recognition by The Financial Engineer is wonderful external validation of the quality and innovative curriculum associated with the MSFE program."

Current enrollment in the University’s MSFE program is 137 students, which includes representation from 31 different states and 14 different countries. The flexible program allows students to complete all degree requirements on campus, online or a combination of the campus and online environments. The program is geared to professionals working in applied finance and business fields but also offers the academic depth for placement in leading doctorate programs and law schools.

To learn more about the graduate business programs at WTAMU, contact Dr. LaVelle Mills at 806-651-3866 or or Dr. Jonathan Shaffer at 806-651-2489 or