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Master of Science in Finance (MS), University of Colorado Denver Business School (CU Denver)

Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Degree requirements | MS in Finance and Risk Management

Your MS in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Colorado Denver consists of 30 semester hours. You will take 18 semester hours of required finance core courses and twelve semester hours of finance electives to complete the degree. You also complete any prerequisites for the courses you take within the finance core. A comprehensive exam is not required to complete the MS in Finance degree.

The Finance and Risk Management program requires as prerequisites the knowledge of spreadsheet software. It is up to you to decide if your skills in this area are adequate for graduate studies. Additionally, this program requires academic coursework equivalent to financial accounting. An advisor will evaluate your transcript to determine if you can be waived from the prerequisite class. If you are not waived, you can take this course when you start the program.

Finance and Risk Management Courses

The general knowledge necessary for financial management is contained in the required courses. These courses may include subjects such as:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Applied Economics for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
  • Investment Management Analysis
  • Survey of Financial Derivatives
  • Real Options and Decisions Under Uncertainty


You may take four more electives or complete a specific specialization (see below) with your electives.

Courses may include subjects such as:

  • Practical Enterprise Risk Management
  • Financial Decisions and Policies
  • Business Firm Valuation
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • International Financial Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Global Risk Management
  • Survey of Financial and Commodity Derivatives
  • Real Options and Decisions Under Uncertainty
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Short-term Financial Management
  • Emerging Market Finance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance
  • Corporate Risk Management


You may instead use your electives to complete one of these specializations.

Commodities Risk Management ​The specialization in Financial and Commodities Risk Management prepares students who wish to pursue or advance their careers in investments and trading in assets and derivatives. The specialization leverages resources from the new J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities​, including the state-of-the-art Commodities Trading Lab.

  Economics By adding a specialization in Economics to your MS in Finance and Risk Management, you gain a wider knowledge of the financial world. The ​CU Denver Department of Economics and the Business School have contributed some of their strongest courses to bring you this option. This specialization requires academic background in economics. We will connect you with an advisor in the Economics department who will ensure that you have the necessary economics background. If you do not have academic background in economics, you may have to take additional courses to pursue this specialization.

Financial Analysis and Management The specialization in Financial Analysis and Management is catered to students who wish to pursue or advance their careers in corporate finance, financial analysis, financial management, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, private equity or investment banking

  Risk Management and Insurance ​The specialization in Risk Management and Insurance is designed for students who are interested in pursuing or advancing a career the insurance industry, or other areas of risk management.


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