The TFE Times’ Master of Finance Rankings for 2017 recently listed the University of Colorado Denver Business School’s Master of Science in Finance and Risk Management at #41 among top graduate finance programs in the United States.

The Master of Science in Finance and Risk Management has been consistently ranked among the best in the nation (#44 in 2016 and #41 in 2017) and in Colorado (#1 in 2016 and 2017) by The Financial Engineer (TFE) Times ranking. The program has also been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Jian Yang, Professor and Director of the Finance and Risk Management Program, states the raised admissions standards and better local employment prospects played an important role in the increase in overall ranking. The program also offers five industry specializations for students: Economics, Finance, Commodities, Financial Analysis and Management, or Risk Management and Insurance. Some of these specializations are the first of their kind and unique to the school.

The Business School is home to the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, a state-of-the-art facility that provides students with cutting-edge education in commodity markets, regulation, trading financial fundamentals, investing, and risk management.

Dr. Jian Yang, Professor and Director of the Finance and Risk Management Program
Dr. Jian Yang, Professor and Director of the Finance and Risk Management Program

The school also hosts the interdisciplinary Center for China Financial Research (CCFR), which connects the fields of finance, economics, statistics, mathematics, and other related fields. CCFR facilitates research on securities markets, banking, financial regulations, and closely related broader issues of economic reform in China.

Faculty in the finance program include internationally recognized scholars who produce theoretical and applied research in academic journals in their respective fields. Two existing finance faculty members have been ranked among the most prolific authors in finance worldwide based on the number of publications in core finance journals over a 50-year period from 1959-2008. A faculty member is also ranked among top real estate researchers in the inaugural (2011-2015) Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings. This cutting-edge research guarantees the finance curriculum reflects the most recent developments in the field. Students learn in CU Denver’s classrooms today what other students will read in a textbook next year. Many faculty also provide real-world experiences that bring relevance and context into their classrooms.

Graduates from the Master of Finance and Risk Management program work in corporate America in the financial services industry including commercial and mortgage banking, insurance companies, mutual funds, investment banking, and hedge funds.

To learn more about the Finance program at the University of Colorado Denver, please visit our website.

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