Finance Major, B.S.
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.
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)
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
A 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
- 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.
Blake Bienemann (MSU Denver ’08) is vice president of Institutional Wealth Management at BOK Financial.
Derek Anguilm (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
- State of Colorado
- DaVita Kidney Care
- Ball Corporation
- Xcel Energy
- Great-West Financial
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:
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.
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.