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Finance Schools in Colorado

A master’s of finance, which is offered at several of Colorado’s top colleges and universities, provides graduates with the foundation to advance their careers in finance. Some programs feature concentrations in commodities risk management, economics, and risk management and insurance. Students who require a more flexible and convenient alternative to traditional learning may want to consider an online master’s in finance degree program through a university that offers it either partially or fully online.

Quick Facts

  • There are 7 not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Colorado.
  • 5 not-for-profit schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: The University of Denver 76%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: The University of Colorado at Denver 35%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: The University of Denver $32,188.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Metropolitan State University of Denver $9,470.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Colorado: $17,022 – $36,936.2
  • 2 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013: University of Denver (68) and Colorado State University (89).
  • 1 school in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100): University of Colorado-Boulder (79).

*For 4-year not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in Colorado

Regis University

Regis University offers a Master of Business Administration – Accounting and Finance degree that prepares students to make contributions to business through the development of knowledge and skills. The university’s multiple locations in Colorado and its online course offerings allow master’s students flexibility and work-life balance. The College for Professional Studies has received awards for innovation from the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, and Regis University is consistently ranked by US News and World Report as a top Western university for its traditional and online master’s degrees in business.

University of Colorado-Denver

The University of Colorado Denver offers a Master of Science in Finance through its well-respected business school. Students complete core courses in business theory supplemented by electives such as Security Analysis and Firm Valuation and Financial Modeling. Four specializations within the MS in Finance degree are offered. The school’s J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities is the first-of-its-kind institution for advanced commodities education. The faculty of the Business School are highly educated and recognized professionals involved in the business world, and make regular contributions to academic journals.

University of Denver

University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business administers a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree program that focuses on in-depth study of all areas of business. In addition to providing a classroom education, this MSF program allows students hands-on experience managing the university’s endowment programs or analyzing microfinance prospects for Deutsche Bank. Other experiential learning opportunities are made possible through the university’s business partnerships. The Daniels College of Business is highly ranked by US News & World Report, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and its microfinance class was listed as one of the most innovative business classes by Forbes.

Career Opportunities for Graduates in Colorado

Forbes recently ranked Colorado as one of the top ten best states for business, and Colorado also ranks highly on Forbes’ lists for growth prospects, quality of life, and regulatory environment. There are many local, regional, national, and international finance firms taking advantage of Colorado’s business-friendly environment offering career opportunities for those holding master’s degrees in finance. Regional Colorado State Bank and Trust has offices across the west, including in Denver. The bank frequently posts job openings for financial analysts, managers, and other finance positions. Colorado’s concentration of high net worth individuals also leads to strong demand for wealth managers with solid finance backgrounds. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’s Colorado Springs location specializes in serving high net worth individuals with a full suite of portfolio management and asset protection services administered by wealth managers.

Colorado Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for financial analysts and managers in Colorado is strong, resulting in high average salaries. Financial analysts in the state average an annual salary of $82,760.5 Financial managers in Colorado command highly competitive salaries averaging $128,930 per year.5 Other financial specialists, such as commodities brokers and credit intermediators, also have strong prospects in Colorado; the average annual salary for these specialists in Colorado is $69,920.5 The majority of finance jobs are centered in the greater Denver area, although concentrations are also found in Grand Junction to the west and Fort Collins to the north. Overall, demand for financial analysts is expected to increase by 23% between 2010 and 2020, whereas demand for financial managers is expected to increase by 9% over the same period.6

Colorado Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts3,500$81,940
Financial Examiners450$86,310
Financial Managers5,000$135,580
Loan Officers5,640$76,360
Personal Financial Advisors3,480$80,640

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=CO&major=finance-accounting&sort=best
3. Bloomberg Businessweek: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
4. US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm