30+ Universities Offering Blockchain Degrees
Last updated on December 3, 2019
Blockchain is an emerging technology with the potential to disrupt traditional business models and revolutionize the way we do global business. Universities across the world are reacting to the increasing demand for blockchain skills, and introducing blockchain degrees.
Below we list (chronologically) those universities already offering degrees specializing in blockchain. This includes Financial Technology (FinTech) degrees where part of the curriculum is focused on blockchain.
University of Nicosia
Since 2014, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus has offered a Master of Science in Digital Currency. It was the first university in the world to launch a full academic degree in blockchain.
The master’s degree is a distance-learning online degree program, meaning students can enrol worldwide. Teaching methods are primarily based around online lectures, practical exercises, individual and group projects and case studies.
Taught in English, the degree is designed to help students “better understand the technical underpinnings of digital currency, how it will likely interact with existing monetary and financial systems, and what opportunities exist for innovation in digital currency systems.”
The online degree is typically completed in 13-18 months (split over three semesters) and consists of a range of required and elective courses, as well as the option to undertake a thesis or project.
The online degree costs €12,080, although a 5% discount is offered for students who choose to pay their tuition fees with Bitcoin! Financial aid is also available through a number of a need-based and merit scholarships.
Since Fall 2017, Northeastern University’s College of Engineering has offered a Master of Science in Information Systems – Blockchain Technology Specialization (Silicon Valley).
The two-year master’s degree can be taken either at Northeastern’s Silicon Valley satellite campus in the San Francisco Bay Area, or in a blended format with several courses offered online from Northeastern’s primary campus in Boston, Massachusetts.
Because of this, the degree is targeted at software engineering professionals already working in or relocating to the Silicon Valley region. It provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in developing blockchain technology to improve business practices through cryptocurrency, decentralized cloud storage, digital security, and smart contracts.
Students will learn how to build distributed ledger applications and be taught industry tools, such as the Solidity programming language, frameworks like web3.js, and the Ethereum platform.
Set in the heart of New York City, Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business offers a two-year Full-Time MBA program, a Professional MBA program designed for students who want to continue working through school, and an accelerated Executive MBA program for experienced professionals.
Students who pursue the FinTech primary concentration can choose to focus on the technical aspects of recent financial innovations (i.e. computational aspects), or on the applications of FinTech, such as the use of blockchain for cryptocurrencies and machine learning for data analytics.
Those who pursue the Blockchain secondary concentration will cover the fundamentals of blockchain technology, including cryptocurrencies as a funding mechanism and legal and regulatory issues.
University of Strathclyde
Since September 2017, the University of Strathclyde has offered an MSc in FinTech. The 12-month full-time degree is taught on campus at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow.
The FinTech master’s degree is more focused on big data techniques, computer programing, and analytical methods than blockchain. However, students are required to complete two projects – one technology and one financial – which can be in a research area of interest to them. There is also the opportunity to learn about Python programming.
In addition to the full-time option in Glasgow, the MSc FinTech is offered part-time over two-years in Bahrain, primarily through face-to-face intensive classes at weekends.
The degree costs £13,550 for UK/EU students and £24,300 for international students. The part-time degree in Bahrain costs 10,000 Bahraini Dinar (approximately $26,000).
University of Alcalá
Since February 2018, the University of Alcalá has offered a Master in Blockchain, Smart Contracts and CryptoEconomy. The degree is offered in Spanish only.
The master’s degree aims to provide students with comprehensive training in blockchain technology, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and smart contracts. The curriculum covers the underlying game theory elements of blockchain and the technical foundations of developing blockchain applications, with an emphasis on the Ethereum platform. The program also focuses on the legal and regulatory implications of cryptocurrencies and other systems based on smart contracts.
The degree is taught on campus in Madrid, with classes taking place every two weeks on Saturdays. Alternatively, a ‘global edition’ of the degree can be completed online, with an intensive face-to-face bootcamp in Madrid (approximately ten days) required at the end of the degree.
University of Cape Town
Since June 2018, the University of Cape Town has offered a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) specializing in FinTech. The master’s degree is run by the School of Economics, in close collaboration with the university’s African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM).
The curriculum provides students with an understanding of financial markets, recent financial innovation, big data analysis, distributed ledger technologies, cryptocurrencies, machine learning, and software design.
The master’s degree can be taken part-time or full-time over the course of a year. It is taught at the university’s campus in Cape Town and students are encouraged to collaborate with local FinTech start-ups when developing practical projects.
The degree costs R65,572. A number of scholarships are available.
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Since July 2018, the School of Business at the Singapore University of Social Sciences has offered a Master of Finance (MFin) degree program. Unlike traditional finance programs, the master’s degree focuses on financial technologies and financial innovations.
The degree is targeted at existing finance professionals who wish to upskill themselves, and emphasizes technical and programming skills. The curriculum includes compulsory courses on blockchain applications, blockchain security, and python programming.
With evening and weekend on-campus classes, students can continue to work during the day. The degree can be completed between one-and-a-half and four years.
University of Sussex
Since September 2018, the University of Sussex has offered a Master of Science (MSc) in FinTech, Risk and Investment Analysis.
The master’s degree is designed to teach students about the financial markets and prepare them for careers in quantitative finance, such as quantitative risk or investment analysts. However, there is the opportunity to specialize in FinTech.
One of the core modules (Blockchains and Cryptoassets) covers basic cryptography, blockchain construction, applications of distributed ledger technology, smart contracts in financial markets, and cryptocurrency markets. An optional module explores Cryptography in more depth, including hash functions and public-key cryptosystems.
The one-year full time master’s degree is taught at the university’s Falmer campus near Brighton, England. Fees are £12,450 for UK/EU students and £23,000 for international students.
Since September 2019, the University of Sussex has also offered a BSc FinTech degree. It is one of the first universities in Europe to offer an undergraduate degree in FinTech.
Like most British undergraduate degrees, the program is three-years full-time. However, students can choose to study abroad for an additional year, or apply for a professional placement year.
The first two years of the degree provide an introduction to FinTech, as well as coding and programming skills. During the third year, the curriculum covers many aspects of blockchain technology: cryptography, blockchain construction, applications of distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, and cryptocurrency markets (bitcoin and ether).
The tuition fees are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students and £22,500 for international students.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Since September 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University has offered a MSc FinTech degree. The degree can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in two years, at the university’s campus in Manchester, England.
The master’s degree covers recent innovations in technology including digital finance, blockchain, machine learning, and behavioral science. The fundamentals of programming are taught, and an in-depth consultancy-based dissertation is required.
The degree program is less focused on blockchain but strives to ensure students graduate ready for senior jobs in financial services – from innovative tech start-ups to large banking institutions.
The tuition fees are £9,250 for full-time UK/EU students and £15,000 for full-time international students.
University of Stirling
Since September 2018, the University of Stirling in Scotland has offered a MSc FinTech degree. The degree can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years.
The MSc FinTech degree is now also offered (full-time over one-year) at the university’s Ras Al Khaimah campus in the United Arab Emirates.
Taught by the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics, the master’s degree is designed to provide students with an understanding of financial theory and practical skills in software design, data analytics and machine learning.
The curriculum covers blockchain, cyber security, data analytics, regulation and ethics, behavioral finance, innovation management, and new venture creation. Cryptocurrencies, decentralized applications, smart contracts, and scripting in Python are all explored in further detail.
A three-month summer dissertation project is required. Recent examples include: an analysis of bitcoin investment strategies; and implementing a contract manager on blockchain.
The tuition fees are £8,500 for UK/EU students and £20,750 for international students. A number of scholarships are available. The degree at the Ras Al Khaimah campus costs 54,500 AED.
Since October 2018, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business School (IEBS) has offered a Master in Blockchain & FinTech. The online degree is offered in Spanish only.
IEBS was founded in Spain in 2009 as an alternative to traditional business schools. It has headquarters in Madrid, Barcelona, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Programs are certified and accredited by the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) based in Madrid.
The online master’s degree consists of sixteen modules and a final project. Students will learn how to understand blockchain-based systems and the architecture and algorithms on which they are based. They will cover the legal and regulatory implications of cryptocurrencies and smart Contracts, and be able to develop business models incorporating these technological changes.
The online master’s degree takes 750 hours to complete and costs € 5,750. Scholarships are available.
Since October 2018, the Hochschule Mittweida University of Applied Sciences has offered a Master of Science in Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). The degree is taught on-campus in Mittweida, Germany and is bilingual, with some courses taught in English but the majority taught in German.
The master‘s degree comprises four semesters. During the third semester, students are required to complete an internship either in a business or at the Blockchain Competence Center Mittweida. A master’s project is completed during the fourth and final semester.
Students can choose to specialize in either technical aspects (Mathematics and Computer Science) or business-related aspects (Law and Risk Management).
EU Business School
Since October 2018, the EU Business School has offered an MBA in Blockchain Management.
The EU Business School is a private business school with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux, Munich, and online. The MBA is offered on-campus at the Barcelona and Swiss campuses and also as an online degree. Students have the opportunity to transfer between them.
Taught in English, the MBA is a one-year (three-term) degree with year-round admission. The program is also available as a two-year (six-term) part-time degree.
The first two terms provide a solid foundation in financial and business management, with the third term focused on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. This includes the role of blockchain in sustainable development and the non-profit industry. Students are required to complete a management research methods module and a dissertation.
An MBA degree is awarded by Universidad Católica San Antonio, a private university located in Murcia, Spain.
Montpellier Business School
Since late 2018, Montpellier Business School has offered an MSc in Finance with a Specialization in Innovative Finance: FinTech, Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies.
The 10-month full-time master’s degree is taught on-campus in Montpellier, France. The fall semester provides a substantial foundation in corporate finance and asset markers. The advanced specialization in FinTech and blockchain is covered during the spring semester.
Courses in the specialization cover: blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, Ethereum, ethics, data protection, regulation, disruptive models, and initial coin offerings (ICOs). A master’s thesis is also required.
At the end of the degree, students are required to complete a short (4-6 month) professional project, in France or overseas.
University of Barcelona
Since March 2019, the University of Barcelona has offered a Global Master’s in Blockchain Technologies. The 100% online degree is delivered by the Institute of Continuing Education in collaboration with Zigurat Innovation & Technology Business School.
The online master’s degree is designed to teach students the fundamentals of blockchain technology and how to implement it successfully. The curriculum covers blockchain architecture, cryptography, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and legal and regulatory implications.
There is a strong emphasis on how to apply blockchain technology to projects and students are required to choose between the Business Path or the Technical Path. For their final master’s project, students will have to either implement blockchain technologies in a business model (Business Path) or develop a software application based on blockchain (Technical Path).
The degree takes one-year to complete and costs €14,900.
Swinburne University of Technology
Since March 2019, Swinburn University of Technology has offered a Master of FinTech.
The master’s degree is targeted at working professionals and so is delivered on-campus in Victoria, Australia, with classes taught either after working hours or on Fridays or Saturdays. The degree is offered part-time over three years.
An Advanced Master of Financial Technologies is also offered. It provides students an extra year to take additional electives or complete an advanced research component as a pathway to a PhD.
Both programs place little emphasis on blockchain and distribution ledger technologies.
Fees are estimated at A$47,880 for the master’s degree and A$62,015 for the advanced program.
Miguel de Cervantes European University
Since March 2019, the Miguel de Cervantes European University in Valladolid, Spain has offered a Master in Applied Blockchain: Programming, Taxation and Cryptoeconomics. The online degree is offered in Spanish only.
The online degree prioritizes the practical application of blockchain technology, with a methodology of ‘learning by doing’. Students are expected to learn how to program a cryptocurrency and launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). A substantial part of the syllabus is dedicated to programming – for both Ethereum and Hyperledger.
Students are given the option to complete an internship as part of the program. Incubator opportunities also exist for the most promising final master’s projects.
Since July 2019, Sharda University in Uttar Pradesh, India has offered a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Science and Engineering with Specialization in Blockchain.
The four-year undergraduate degree is taught on-campus by the School of Engineering and Technology. It provides students with in-depth understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Students have the opportunity to learn the Solidity programming language.
The degree costs ₹179,000 per year, or $3,800 per year for international students.
Nanyang Technological University
Since July 2019, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has offered a Master of Science in FinTech.
Hosted by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the master’s degree is an intensive one-year full-time or two-year part-time program. All classes are delivered on-campus on weekday evenings or Saturdays.
The curriculum is built upon data science, artificial intelligence, and information technology. It consists of two tracks: Artificial Intelligence and Operations and Compliance. A compulsory course examines Blockchain Systems and Applications and there is an elective course on Applied Cryptography.
The degree costs S$35,000 for Singapore citizens, S$45,000 for permanent residents, and S$55,000 for international students.
University of the Cumberlands
Since Summer 2019, the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky has offered an Online Master’s in Global Business with Blockchain Technology.
The 100% online master’s degree focuses on the application of blockchain technologies across different industries and business functions. It is taught primarily through virtual lab exercises, research theory, and application activities.
The curriculum covers how to create and implement cryptocurrencies, hyperledgers, Ethereum, and decentralized applications. Students are also taught how to develop programming code to implement crypto assets and perform blockchain data mining.
The university also offers the degree as an Executive Master’s in Global Business with Blockchain Technology. The curriculum is the same but delivered in a hybrid format combining online and on-campus study, requiring attendance at weekend residency classes in Williamsburg and Florence, Kentucky.
As a result, tuition fees for the Executive Master’s ($15,500) are higher than the Online Master’s ($9,765).
Since Fall 2019, Creighton University has offered a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Major in FinTech. The degree is taught on-campus at the university’s Heider College of Business in Omaha, Nebraska.
The FinTech major is one of the first of its kind, with most blockchain and FinTech degrees offered at the postgraduate level. The degree provides students with an understanding of how technologies like blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are disrupting traditional financial institutions.
Students complete the core coursework of a traditional finance major while also developing technical skills. For example, students have the opportunity to learn to code in languages such as Python and SQL. Students can also elect to complete a FinTech-related internship.
Dublin City University
Since September 2019, Dublin City University has offered a MSc in Blockchain – Distributed Ledger Technologies.
Ireland’s first ever master’s degree in blockchain is delivered part-time over two years, primarily online. Continuous assessment is submitted electronically but there are end-of-semester exams requiring attendance in-person in Dublin.
The curriculum consists of eight core modules: Research Methods & Professional Skills; Blockchain: Basics & Applications; Cryptography & Number Theory; Cloud Systems; Blockchain Scalability; Public Key Cryptography & Security Protocols; Developing Blockchain Systems; and Computer Security.
Successful candidates may be eligible for the part-funded fee of €3,150 per annum provided they are working in private or commercial semi-state organizations registered in the Republic of Ireland.
Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology
Since September 2019, the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (MIPT) has offered a Master in Blockchain. Taught on campus in English, the full-time master’s degree takes two years (four semesters).
The degree focuses on blockchain applications and encourages students to develop real distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions. The curriculum covers cryptography, game theory, Etherium, Hyperledger Fabric, and tokenomics. There is also the possibility of an internship at IBM.
The degree currently costs 870,000 RUB but scholarships are available.
Polytechnic University of Milan
Since September 2019, the Polytechnic University of Milan has offered an International Master in FinTech, Finance and Digital Innovation.
The 12-month full-time program is taught in English by the School of Management. Students will spend two semesters on campus in Milan before embarking on an international study tour in Europe, followed by a three-month final project.
The master’s degree is targeted at graduates with less then three years of work experience who want to specialize in FinTech. The curriculum combines knowledge of the financial world with information technology skills, including blockchain technology and smart contracts.
Tuition fees are €16,500. Financial aid is available.
University of the West of England
Since September 2019, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has offered an MSc FinTech). The one-year full-time master’s degree (also offered part-time over two-years) is taught on-campus at Bristol Business School.
The degree aims to provide students with the portfolio of technical and business skills needed to launch a FinTech career. This includes an introduction to programing and data science. Students have the opportunity to work on live in-house projects with business partners.
The curriculum is not heavily focused on blockchain but there is an elective module covering Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. The required dissertation also allows students to carry out in-depth research in an area their own choosing.
The degree costs £9,750 for full-time UK/EU students, and £13,500 for full-time international students.
University of Malta
Since October 2019, the University of Malta has offered a Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).
The master’s degree is delivered on-campus either full-time (over three semesters) or part-time. The multi-disciplinary program is designed to to provide students with a basic understanding of blockchain and DLTs and their applications, including smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, as well as policy and regulatory challenges.
There are three variants of the master’s degree, giving students the choice to focus on a particular specialization: Business and Finance; Law and Regulation; or Information and Communication Technology. All three variants require a dissertation to be written during the final semester.
The program’s tuition fees are €10,000 for both EU and non-EU students. Scholarships are available.
University of Bologna
Since November 2019, the University of Bologna has offered a Master in Finance and FinTech. The 12-month full-time master’s degree is taught in English on campus at Bologna Business School.
The degree combines traditional financial skills with an understanding of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. The course on Blockchain Finance explores cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), smart contracts, and blockchain applications.
The program includes a final internship of 500 hours, which can be undertaken at companies in Italy or abroad.
The cost of tuition is €14,800. Partial scholarships are available.
Since November 2019, D’Annunzio University in Abruzzo, Italy has offered a Master in Blockchain Economy. The one-year master’s degree is taught in Italian only, with classes taking place on-campus on Friday afternoons and all-day Saturday.
The curriculum is organized into four thematic areas: Blockchain Technology; Blockchain and the Legal System; Cyber Security and Cyber Intelligence; and Business and Economic Systems and New Technologies. Blockchain architecture, cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, smart contracts, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Ethereum and regulation are all explored in greater detail.
Since late 2019, CT University (CTU) in Punjab, India has offered a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Science and Engineering with Specialization in Distributed Computing and Blockchain Technology.
The four-year undergraduate degree is taught by the School of Engineering and Technology at CTU’s campus in Ludhiana, India.
The degree builds upon study and analysis of programming languages, software development, and algorithm and program design, focusing on recent developments in blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
From January 2020, the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) in Uttarakhand, India is offering a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Science and Engineering with Specialization in Blockchain Technology.
The four-year undergraduate degree is offered in academic collaboration with IBM.
The curriculum explores blockchain technology in-depth, including blockchain architecture, cryptography, cryptocurrency, python programming, and Ethereum. In the final year, students have the opportunity to complete a summer internship.
The tuition fees are approximately ₹400,000 per year.
From January 2020, Coventry University is offering a MSc FinTech. The one-year master’s degree (also offered part-time over two-years) is delivered at the university’s central London campus, only minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange.
The curriculum balances traditional finance with IT programing, such as Python. Students can choose between two ‘pathways’ – Innovation & Enterprise and Quantitative Finance. The Innovation & Enterprise pathway provides in-depth study of current and emerging technologies in the financial sector, including blockchain.
The master’s degree is available with Extended Professional Practice. This 18-month option allows students to develop a deeper practical understanding of the topic by completing two Professional Practice modules – either internships, or a campus-based professional experience.
Tuition fees are £11,867 for UK/EU students and £14,509 for international students. Fees for students pursuing the Extended Professional Practice option are slightly higher.