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

Business School, University of Colorado Denver
 

Specializations | MS in Finance


Economics​

By adding a specialization in Economics to your MS in Finance, 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.

MS In Finance Prerequisites

  • Background in Accounting

Economics Core (12 hours)

  • Mathematical Economics, ECON5803
  • Microeconomic Theory ECON5073
  • Macroeconomic Theory ECON5083
  • Econometrics 1 ECON5813

Finance Core (9 hours)

  • Financial Management BUSN6640
  • Investment Management Analysis FNCE6330
  • Futures and Options FNCE6380 OR Survey of Financial Derivatives FNCE6382 OR Real Options and Decisions Under Uncertainty FNCE 6410
 

Finance Electives (6 hours)
Choose 2 FNCE/RISK courses numbered 6000 or higher

Quantitative Electives (3 hours)
Choose 1 of the following

  • Econometrics II ECON5823
  • Advanced Mathematical Economics ECON6801
  • Actuarial Models MATH5351
  • Game Theory MATH5390
  • Probabilistic Modeling MATH5792

​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.

For more information about the RMI program, please visit the RMI Program homepage

Specialization Requirements

Students completing the Risk Management and Insurance specialization complete the MS in Finance Core Courses and the following specializations requirements in lieu of the finance electives.

Risk Management and Insurance Core (9 hours)

  • Practical Enterprise Risk Management FNCE/RISK6129
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance Management FNCE/RISK6809
  • Corporate Risk Management FNCE/RISK6909

Risk Management and Insurance Core Electives (3 hours)

  • Business Firm Valuation FNCE6340
  • Financial Innovations FNCE6350
  • Management of Financial Institutions FNCE6360
  • Futures and Options FNCE6380*
  • Survey of Financial Derivatives FNCE6382*
  • Real Options and Decisions Under Uncertainty FNCE6410*
  • International Corporate Governance FNCE6411
  • Mergers and Acquisitions FNCE6420
  • Financial Modeling FNCE6480
  • Entrepreneurial Financial Management ENTP6824
  • Health Care Financial Management HLTH6040 (by petition only, based upon space availability; see advisor for details)
  • Econometrics II ECON5823 (prerequisites: ECON5083 and 5813 or permission of instructor)
  • Actuarial Models MATH5351 (prerequisites: MATH4810/5310 and MATH4820/5320 or permission of instructor)
  • Probablistic Modeling MATH5792 (prerequisites: MATH4810 or 5310 and some programming experience or permission of instructor)

* FNCE6380, FNCE6382, or FNCE6410 cannot be used towards Specializations if taken in Finance Core

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

Specialization Requirements

Students completing the Financial Analysis and Management specialization complete the MS in Finance Core Courses and the following specializations requirements in lieu of the finance electives.

Complete 3 or 4 of:

  • Practical Enterprise Risk Management FNCE/RISK6129
  • Financial Decisions and Policies FNCE6310
  • Business Firm Valuation FNCE6340
  • Management of Financial Institutions FNCE6360
  • Reap Options and Decision Under Uncertainty FNCE6410
  • International Corporate Governance FNCE6411
  • Mergers and Acquisitions FNCE6420
  • Short-term Financial Management FNCE6450
  • Emerging Markets Finance FNCE6460
  • Financial Modeling FNCE6480
  • Corporate Risk Management FNCE/RISK6909
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance FNCE/ RISK6809

If completed 3 above, complete 1:

  • Tax Planning for Managers ACCT6140
  • Financial Statement Analysis ACCT6340
  • Entrepreneurial Financial Management ENTP6824
  • Game Theory MATH5390 (Prerequisites: MATH2421, 3191, and 3800/4810, or permission from instructor)

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 (link), including the state-of-the-art Commodities Trading Lab

Specialization Requirements

Students completing the Commodities Risk Management specialization complete the MS in Finance Core Courses and the following specializations requirements in lieu of the finance electives.

Complete 3 or 4:

  • Practical Enterprise Risk Management FNCE/RISK6129
  • Financial Innovations FNCE6350
  • Management of Financial Institutions FNCE6360
  • International Financial Management FNCE6370
  • Futures and Options FNCE6380
  • Survey of Financial and Commodity Derivatives FNCE6382
  • Real Options and Decisions Under Uncertainty FNCE6410
  • Emerging Market Finance FNCE6460
  • Financial Modeling FNCE6480
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance FNCE/RISK6809
  • Corporate Risk Management FNCE/RISK6909

If Completed 3 above, Complete 1:

  • Econometrics II ECON5823 (prerequisite: ECON5083 and 5813 or permission of the instructor)
  • Advanced Mathematical Economic, ECON6801 (prerequisite: ECON5083 or permission of the instructor)
  • Actuarial Models MATH5351 (prerequisite: MATH4810/5310, MATH4802/5302, or permission of the instructor)
  • Probabilistic Models MATH5792 (Prerequisite: MATH4810 or 5310 or permission of the instructor)

See the Dual Degree Tab for information about adding an MBA to your MS in Finance.​​​​​​​​​​

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