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Can you imagine a more useful and practical skill than learning to manage money?

Offered through the University’s AACSB-accredited College of Business, MSU Denver’s Finance program will enable you to not only transform your own financial life, but also the finances of other people and organizations.

Data, the changing economy, mathematics, capital markets, financial modeling – you’ll bring all of these things to bear in your Finance major, equipping you with the understanding of the concepts and analytical skills necessary to help people and organizations achieve their financial goals.

With the benefit of small classes, individualized attention from professors and experiential learning opportunities, you will get a strong general business education augmented by the expertise you will develop in your finance classes, internships, study abroad experiences and more.

MSU Denver is one of only three schools in Colorado offering an undergraduate degree in personal financial planning that is registered with CFP Board of Standards.  Completing your degree satisfies one of the board’s educational requirements allowing you to sit for the national CFP® Certification Exam as you make your way to becoming a Certified Financial Planner professional.

Program Options


The MSU Denver Department of Finance offers these programs from which to choose:

B.S. in Finance with a General Finance Concentration (for those interested in corporate finance)

B.S. in Finance with a Financial Services Concentration (for those interested in personal financial planning)

B.S. in Finance with an International Business Concentration (for those interested in applying their Finance degree in an international context) 

Minor in General Finance

Minor in Financial Services


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Intern with a local company gaining career experience you can put on your resume. Hear what one Finance student had to say about her MSU Denver internship.

Prepare for the national CFP® certification exam by completing MSU Denver’s Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program. MSU Denver is one of only three universities in Colorado utilizing face-to-face instruction to be registered with CFP Board of Standards. The Personal Financial Planning Certificate program will expose you to the content and concepts you’ll need to master to pass the national exam.

Participate in a rigorous and thorough financial evaluation of a corporate enterprise through the CFA Student Research Challenge. By participating, you will have the chance to compete against students from schools across the Rocky Mountain West. Learn more about the CFA Research Challenge.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


four images: real estate, fund manager, personal financial advisor, financial analystA bachelor’s degree in Finance from MSU Denver offers you outstanding business career options.

These are some jobs you might qualify for as a graduate of MSU Denver’s Finance program:

  • Financial manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Loan officers
  • Securities, commodities and financial services sales agent
  • Controller
  • Payroll officer
  • Trust manager
  • Fund manager
  • Real estate portfolio manager

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth outlook for finance managers is on par with other careers. Median salaries for these positions run about $122,000/year.

 


Faculty


Paul Camp_FinancePaul Camp

Professor and Finance Department Chair Paul Camp is a Certified Financial Planner professional with expertise in the personal financial management process, particularly estate planning. He currently teaches in the areas of personal financial planning and estate planning.

Featured Alumnus


Blake Bienemann (MSU Denver ’08) is vice president of Institutional Wealth Management at BOK Financial.

Derek Anguilla (MSU Denver ’00) is a partner, co-director of Value Research, portfolio manager and analyst at Denver Investments.


Alumni at Work


This is a partial list of local companies that have hired recent graduates of MSU Denver’s Finance program:

  • Charles Schwab
  • Wells Fargo
  • TIAA
  • State of Colorado
  • DaVita Kidney Care
  • Ball Corporation
  • Xcel Energy
  • Great-West Financial

Sample Classes


personal financial planning class with professor Paul Camp

As an MSU Denver Finance major, you will have the opportunity to concentrate in General Finance or Financial Services as well as further customize your degree with electives. Here are some Finance courses you might take:

Entrepreneurial Finance
International Money and Finance
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Estate Planning
Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
Financial Strategies and Policies

 Learn more about MSU Denver’s Finance curriculum.

 


Facilities and Resources


Located walking distance from Denver’s downtown financial district, MSU Denver is on the Auraria Campus, offering you nearby access to internships, jobs and volunteer experiences with local and state government, businesses and nonprofit organizations.


Program Accreditation


Only 5 percent of the world’s business programs are AACSB-accredited and MSU Denver’s College of Business is one of them.

AACSB accreditation represents the gold standard for business education worldwide. When you attend an AACSB-accredited program, you know that it’s passed AACSB’s rigorous standards.


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