Apr 13, 2024  
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance and Risk Management MS

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Program Director: Ajeyo Banerjee
Telephone: 303.315.8456


Marcelle Arak, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jean-Claude Bosch, PhD, University of Washington
Elizabeth Cooperman, PhD, University of Georgia
E. Woodrow Eckard, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
Richard Foster, PhD, University of Chicago
Dean Taylor, PhD, University of Chicago

Associate Professors:
Ajeyo Banerjee, PhD,University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jian Yang, PhD, Texas A&M University

Assistant Professors:

Takeshi Nishikawa, PhD, Texas Tech University
Rina Ray, PhD, Indiana University

Senior Instructors:
John Byrd, PhD, University of Oregon
Chen Ji, MS, University of Colorado
Barbara Pelter, MA, University of Colorado
John Daley, PhD, University of Washington
Eric Reiner, MBA, Louisiana State University
Cindy Sutfin, MS, University of Colorado


The master of science in finance and risk management provides the necessary depth and specialized expertise to meet the needs of businesses for financial managers, investment analysts and other finance specialists. 

The program emphasizes a familiarity with the institutions in our financial system, an understanding of financial markets and instruments, and the analytical skills and tools necessary to make informed decisions about investment and financing.

The program is suited to students from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds and is particularly appropriate to students with strong technical and analytical backgrounds.  Admission standards for the MS finance and risk management program are unique to the program.  Therefore, admission to other graduate business programs does not guarantee admission into the MS finance and risk management program.

The MS in finance and risk management offers flexibility with on-campus and online courses. The MS finance and risk management degree requirements are met by the following courses and options:


Prerequisites: BUSN 6550, Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information, or the equivalent accounting background. Students are also expected to be knowledgeable in spreadsheet software and have quantitative skills evidenced by a 40% GMAT quantitative score or equivalent.


Specializations  (12 semester hours)

Students must complete one of the following Specializations.

Finance Specialization

Complete three FNCE courses numbered 6000 or higher.

Complete one Elective course which may be selected from any of the following courses: FNCE 6000 or higher, ACCT 6140 Tax Planning for Managers, ACCT 6340 Financial Statement Analysis, ENTP 6824 Entrepreneurial Financial Management (cannot receive credit for both ENTP 6824 and FNCE 6460 Small Firm Financial Management), ECON 5803 Mathematical Economics, ECON 5813 Econometrics I, or ECON 5823 Econometrics II. ECON courses are recommended for students wishing to later pursue a PhD in finance.

Total: 30 Hours

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