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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance 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 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 program are unique to the program.  Therefore, admission to other graduate business programs does not guarantee admission into the MS Finance program.

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



FNCE Electives  (12 semester hours)

Must include at least three  FNCE courses numbered 6000 or higher. Remaining Finance Elective may be 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

Prerequisites: BUSN 6550, Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information, or the equivalent accounting background. Students are also expected to be knowledgeable in spreadsheet software.

Notes and Restrictions

Finance Electives. Choose three courses in finance from the list of regularly scheduled graduate classes in consultation with an advisor.

Free Elective. Students complete 3 semester hours of graduate business course work (excluding BUSN courses numbered below 6800). Modern finance is heavily mathematical and draws extensively on economics and accounting. Courses in these areas are especially useful. Petitions may be submitted to the program director for special courses that fit a student’s individual needs.



You may complete the Finance degree as outlined above, or complete one of the following specializations.

Economics Specialization

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