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Finance Schools in Colorado

Students interested in a master of finance degree in Colorado can consult this page for information on different programs. There are different degree options for those with different schedules and career goals. Some universities offer full-time Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance degrees, while other programs can be completed on a part-time basis or fully online. Graduates with advanced degrees in finance in Colorado may be able to find opportunities in the financial industry within the state after graduation. The information below provides details on different types of master’s in finance degrees as well as post-graduation employment possibilities in finance.

Finance Program Stats

  • There are 7 four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with finance degree programs in Colorado.1
  • 5 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in finance.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Denver 79%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Metropolitan State University of Denver 35%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Denver $32,940.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Metropolitan State University of Denver $12,104.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in Colorado*: $6,930–$46,422.1
  • 3 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2016: University of Denver Daniels College of Business (#56), University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business (#62), Colorado State University College of Business (#90).2
  • 1 school in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2017 (top 100): University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business (#79).3

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

Schools in Colorado with Master’s in Finance Degrees

Traditional Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Colorado Boulder

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder offers a Master of Finance (MF) degree designed for students with strong quantitative aptitudes but not necessarily a background in finance. This rigorous program does not require work experience and the curriculum teaches critical skills in the field of finance. Classes focus on financial fundamentals, including analytic and strategic thinking as well as business theory. Students can choose a specialized track in investment management or corporate finance and consulting. Class sizes are small, and students can attend additional lectures given by faculty and finance professionals on current issues and trends in the industry. The curriculum includes preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. For post-graduation career opportunities, students can consult with the Leeds’ professional development services for networking events and employment opportunities.

Colorado State University

At Colorado State University, students can earn a Master of Finance (MFIN) degree in a highly quantitative 30-credit program. The curriculum is designed to grow student’s career opportunities and enhance their corporate visibility. The coursework focuses on the theories and application of investment analysis, portfolio management, corporate finance, and financial risk management. Students are taught to translate their knowledge into real-world skills by assessing changes and developing effective solutions to problems in the finance field. The program can be completed in two full-time semesters or in four part-time semesters. Many graduates from Colorado State University go on to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation exams.

University of Denver

The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. This 20-month program focuses on the application of quantitative and technical skills for solving core business challenges. The curriculum also focuses on the communication and creativity needed in the financial marketplace. Students study theory in class while concurrently applying it in real-world challenges, working with other students and alongside faculty advisors and business professionals. The career development center helps students prepare resumes and find chances to network for post-graduation opportunities. Students can choose a concentration such as accounting, business analytics, finance, marketing, or real estate, or customize their own specialization.

Online Master’s in Finance Programs

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver offers a Master of Science (MS) in Finance and Risk management. Students can complete this 30-credit hour degree entirely online, on-campus, or in a combination of the two. Students complete the core curriculum and then have the option to further specialize. The finance concentration is the most flexible option and can be completed entirely online, while other specializations like economics, financial analysis and management, and commodities risk management may not be available to complete fully online. The finance concentration focuses on financial analysis, commodities, and risk management and insurance. This program requires students to have some prerequisite knowledge of spreadsheet software and financial accounting. Graduates are prepared to enter careers such as financial analysis, corporate finance, and investment management.

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus gives students looking to advance in their careers the opportunity to earn a Master of Finance (MF) degree entirely online. The program familiarizes students with technological and emerging business trends in the field of finance. Students learn how to create financial strategies, analyze risks and investments, and make effective decisions. The curriculum emphasizes financial skills, general business knowledge, and leadership strategies. The coursework focuses on theoretical and quantitative skills in financial analysis, auditing, and accounting. Working professionals at CSU’s Global Campus can deepen their knowledge of operations and international perspectives in finance.

Colorado Career Opportunities for Graduates

Colorado has a diverse economy with many financial institutions as well as telecommunications, energy, and nationally-known companies. The major metropolitan areas such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins offer the most concentrated employment opportunities for graduates with degrees in finance. Institutions like Liberty Tax Service and Wells Fargo have large centers in Colorado, and the Western Union is headquartered in the state. Telecommunications companies like Comcast, Dish Network Corporation, and Question Communications are based in the state, in addition to energy companies like Halliburton, Noble Energy, and Newmont Mining. With many large companies and a growing economy, Colorado offers many potential employment opportunities to students with master’s degrees in finance.

Colorado Finance Job Information

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Business and Financial Operations Occupations169,260$76,810
Financial Analysts3,570$112,000
Financial Examiners1,030$80,330
Financial Managers5,930$159,070
Financial Specialists, All Other3,410$70,480
Loan Officers5,320$74,250
Personal Financial Advisors3,950$115,580

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017.4

Colorado Salary and Job Outlook

Colorado’s finance industry is growing and students with a master’s in finance may have an advantage in finding employment opportunities within the state. Financial analyst positions are expanding rapidly, projected to grow 36.9% over a ten year period, or 230 positions annually.5 Financial analysts in Colorado can earn an annual mean wage of $112,000, much higher than the average national wage of $97,640.4,6 Colorado is the second top-paying state for this position, after New York, and the Denver region is one of the top paying metropolitan areas.6 Personal financial advisor positions are projected to grow 41.5% within the state from 2014 through 2024, faster than the national average of 29.6%5. Financial managers in Colorado can earn an average of $159,070 annually, which is much higher than the national average of $139,720.4,7

Additional Resources

  • Rocky Mountain Association for Financial Professionals (RMAFP) – Regional association for treasury and finance professionals. RMAFP promotes continued professional development for its members and provides industry updates.
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA) – Statewide professional organization for Certified Public Accountants in the industry as well as students studying in accounting programs. COCPA offers continued professional education classes and advisory services.
  • Institute of Management Accountants (Denver IMA) – Local chapter of worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business. Denver IMA encourages members to pursue professional development opportunities and hosts networking events for industry professionals.

Directory of Oregon Master’s in Finance Programs

Colorado State University-Fort Collins
711 Oval Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-6909
https://www.colostate.edu/

Colorado State University-Global Campus
7800 E Orchard Rd, Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(800) 920-6723
https://csuglobal.edu/

University of Colorado Boulder
2055 Regent Dr
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-1411
https://www.colorado.edu/

University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E 17th Pl
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-5000
http://www.ucdenver.edu/anschutz/Pages/landing.aspx

University of Denver
2199 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208
(303) 871-2000
https://www.du.edu/

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Bloomberg, Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
3. US News & World Report, Best Business Schools in 2017: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Colorado: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm
5. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Analysts: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, Financial Managers: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm