Nov 25, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance and Risk Management MS

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Program Director: Jian Yang
Telephone: 303.315.8423

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 hours)

Students must complete one of the following Specializations:

Finance Specialization

Students must select at least 3 courses with FNCE/CMDT/RISK prefix, numbered 6000 or higher. Remaining Finance Elective may be any of the following courses: FNCE/CMDT/RISK course numbered 6000 or higher, ACCT 6140 Tax Planning for Mangers, ACCT 6340 Financial Statement Analysis, ENTP 6824 Entrepreneurial Financial Management, ECON 5803 Mathematical Economics, ECON 5813 Econometrics I, ECON 5823 Econometrics II, ECON 6801 Advanced Mathematical Economics, MATH 5351 Actuarial Models, MATH 5792 Probabilistic Modeling, or MATH 5390 Game Theory.


The Economics Specialization is a stand alone program which requires 30 credit hours

Total 30 credit hours

Total 30 hours

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