Credit hours: 30+ (possible prerequisite)
Online and evening class options
Fully online option
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
A degree with high return
Our program has deep industry ties that connect you directly to companies inside and outside the classroom. Classes are held in the evenings and online, so you can take classes at times that work for your schedule. Our program offers you hands-on learning with experience in software and databases, such as Bloomberg, Morningstar, and CQG.
The first of its kind, the Center focuses on a broad range of commodities, including agriculture, energy, and mining. The Center’s initiatives include hosting internationally-renowned experts as guest speakers, an industry-focused symposium, and field trips to leading companies.
In our MS Finance and Risk Management program, you’ll gain insight into the economics and finance behind modern business and add critical quantitative skills to your resume.
As a part of the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Program, a majority of the curriculum reflects the practice of investment management. By graduation, you’ll be prepared to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and land upper-level finance positions.
A hands-on degree, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into special topics like behavioral and political finance and international corporate governance. With five specialization options, you can also choose to tailor your degree to focus on commodities, risk management and insurance, economics, financial analysis, or general finance.
Quantitative skills are integrated throughout the curriculum. At our Commodities and Finance Lab, you’ll be able to participate in commodity market analysis, futures and derivatives trading, and portfolio management. Computer terminals are outfitted with the following software:
The MS Finance and Risk Management curriculum consists of 30 hours of core courses and finance electives. There is also a three-hour prerequisite that may be waived based on prior business education.
This course may be waived if you have completed one undergraduate or graduate financial accounting course from an accredited institution with specific grade requirements.
Grow your quantitative skills and theoretical knowledge in tandem with each other to better analyze financial trends and market changes. Course topics include:
Pursue one of five specializations in general finance, financial analysis and management, commodities, risk management and insurance, and economics. Options include a number of special topics courses that reflect modern trends in the financial markets. Course topics include:
You will choose one of the following specializations as a part of your degree. Each specialization requires 12 hours of coursework.
This specialization allows students to customize their studies to finance-focused courses. It also allows flexibility to take risk or commodities courses. This is the only specialization that can be done online. Course topics include:
This specialization caters to those looking at careers in corporate finance, financial analysis and management, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, private equity, or investment banking. Course topics include:
This specialization targets those looking to advance their careers in investments and trading in assets and derivatives. You’ll be able to fully leverage the resources from the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities. Course topics include:
Risk management is a field with huge demand for talent. Learn how to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risks in relation to financial decisions. Course topics include:
Build a strong foundation of macro and microeconomics coursework that directly relates to the finance profession. Some courses are taken through the economics department and may require additional economics prerequisites. Course topics include:
We offer this degree entirely online. The online program has the same requirements as the on-campus program and is taught by the same professors. You can blend campus courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses to fit your schedule.
The financial analysis, commodities, risk management and insurance, and economics specializations require some on-campus learning. Online only students should choose the finance specialization.
The cost of tuition for the MS Finance and Risk Management degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be considered for this scholarship.
$3,000-$5,000 for incoming students. If you have a GMAT score over 680 you will automatically be contacted for consideration.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree.
We have also partnered with other CU Denver departments to offer dual degree options for the following programs. You will need to apply to both programs separately and follow the admission requirements for each program.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
Our ties to industry partners include companies such as:
“My time at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities prepared me for a career in commodities by exposing me to many different aspects of commodity related industries. When I started the program, I thought I had a relatively good idea of what I wanted but after taking all the required courses, I realized just how much I had learned and how valuable the knowledge and experiences I gained through the JPMCC were to my career.”
– Conor Steffey ’17, Trader at Fonterra
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