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Introduction to Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance

In nine months, the Master’s Program in Finance at Leeds School of Business delivers an in-depth education based on the latest developments in the industry and a foundation of versatile skills. It also provides a gateway to leading professionals in finance, helping you make pivotal connections for the next step of your career.

The Leeds’ Burridge Center for Finance, the state’s only named center, offers the best in professional mentorships, networking with industry leaders, and practical, hands-on experiences—with networking opportunities on career treks to major financial hubs like Wall Street, Chicago and San Francisco.

Leeds’ MS in Finance faculty teach you theories and models that govern high-level processes, preparing you for management-level decision-making in any financial environment. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from three specialized tracks to augment your skill set: Investment Management, Corporate Finance, and Sustainable Finance.  

Why Study Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance?


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  • Gain full access to tailored programs, events, career treks and the powerful network the Burridge Center for Finance provides.
  • Make pivotal connections with alumni, practitioners, leaders and employers for an advantage in the job market.
  • Build valuable relationships with faculty and peers through a close-knit cohort and small class sizes.
  • Master a broad range of skills from practical portfolio management to advanced investment analysis.
  • Impress employers with a specialization in the Investment Management or Corporate Finance and Consulting track.
  • Become prepared to take the CFA exam for career advancement.

Program Costs + Living Expenses: Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance


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Room & Board (assumed off-campus)$17,046Rent, utilities, food
Books & Supplies1,200 



Employment Prospects: Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance


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Investment Banker

Portfolio Manager

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Corporate Finance Manager

Credit Analyst

Financial Advisor

Insurance Agent

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is a rigorous and demanding program that prepares students for successful careers in the financial industry. The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of financial theory and practice, as well as the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a variety of financial roles.

Application Checklist: Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance

  • Official Test Scores (GMAT or GRE) Optional

    • GMAT program Code: 11S-Z2-95

    • GRE program code: 4841

    • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY: Required English Proficiency exam

      • (IELTS-6.5+, TOEFL-80+, Duolingo-120+) TOEFL program code: 4841

    • (TOEFL is required for MS Accounting and MS Taxation applicants. No IELTS or Duolingo)

  • Personal Statement 

  • Professional Resume 

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    • The application requires that you upload an unofficial transcript from every collegiate institution you have attended, excluding any from the University of Colorado.

    • This includes community colleges, study abroad programs, summer sessions, and extension programs. 

    • Include all transcript(s), regardless of how long you attended a collegiate institution, whether or not you completed course(s), and whether or not you believe the record will affect your admission. 

      • Unofficial transcripts must include all courses and grades. They should be issued in the original language in which they were document, or they must be accompanied by certified English translations.

      • Keep in mind that if you are offered admission to a master’s program at Leeds, you will be required to provide one official transcript for each collegiate institution you have attended before you can enroll in the first term.

  • One Letters of Recommendation. 

Application Deadlines - Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance

2023-2024 Application Deadlines*Review 1Review 2Review 3Final International DeadlineFinal Domestic Deadline
MS FinanceOct. 2, 2023Dec. 4, 2023Feb. 5, 2024May 13, 2024July 1, 2024

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Scholarships Available: Colorado Boulder Master's in Finance

  • The Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to public service. The fellowship provides $10,000 per year for two years.
  • The Kelley School of Business Merit Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential. The fellowship provides $7,500 per year for two years.
  • The Graduate Incentive Award for MS Applied Economics is awarded to students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Economics. The award provides $31,570 per year for two years.
  • The Alteryx Analytics Graduate MS Business Scholarship Fund is awarded to students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Analytics. The scholarship provides $5,000 per year.
  • The Leeds Board Diversity Equity & Inclusion Scholarship is awarded to students who are from underrepresented communities. The scholarship provides $5,000 per year.

Specializations & Electives Offered

  • Investment Management Track:

    • Portfolio theory, asset allocation, security analysis.
    • Opportunity for CFA Level I exam.
  • Corporate Finance Track:

    • Focus on financial analysis, valuation, corporate governance.
    • Suitable for investment banking, private equity.
  • Sustainable Finance Track:

    • ESG investing, impact investing, sustainable practices.
    • Real-world projects with sustainability-focused entities.

Elective Courses:

  • Financial Modeling
  • Behavioral Finance
  • International Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • FinTech

FAQs About MIF

The career outlook for graduates of the MSF program is very good. The program has a 90% career placement rate within three months of graduation. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at leading financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.

GMAT or GRE scores are not required for admission to the MSF program. However, we encourage applicants to submit scores if they are available.

No, the MSF program is a non-thesis degree that requires 30 credit hours of coursework only.

Yes, the MSF program includes a capstone project that allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world problem.

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