Welcome to the Department of Finance and Real Estate in the College of Business
at Colorado State University! Our goal is to be recognized as one of the leading
undergraduate and master’s granting academic departments among U.S. public universities.
To this end, we are committed to pursuing excellence in teaching and research, and
fostering strong ties with the business community.
Our Department offers high quality academic programs in both finance and real estate.
Students in the undergraduate program
are exposed to a broad variety of foundational courses in finance and can choose
among advanced tracks in the areas of corporate finance, investments, financial
planning and real estate.
Students in our specialized master’s program in Financial
develop advanced quantitative and analytical skills that
are applicable to portfolio management, corporate risk management, and energy risk
The learning environment in the Department is designed to produce students with
the knowledge base, confidence, and ethical foundation to succeed in business and
be responsible stewards of social trust. Our rigorous academic programs include
important experiential learning components, such as internships, interaction with
industry professionals through our advisory board, and venues such as our student
managed investment fund (Summit Fund
in which select students gain experience in portfolio management and investment
analysis by managing nearly $1 million in real funds. Our curriculum also equips
students with the knowledge required to earn distinguished professional designations
such as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Charter Financial Analyst Charter (CFA®),
and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM®), and our curriculum is recognized by the CFA Institute
. We have state-of-the-art instructional facilities,
including a sophisticated financial lab, with access Bloomberg® terminals and other
The Department is also proud to host the Everitt
Real Estate Center
, which provides valuable service to the real estate community.
The Center conducts several faculty-student collaborated research projects and is
responsible for producing the widely acclaimed Northern Colorado residential price
A key component of our mission is our dedicated group of
faculty and staff
. Our faculty are diverse in their interests but share
a passion for teaching and have been recognized with numerous teaching awards. Importantly,
our faculty are informed by their research, which drives continuous professional
development and is a constant source for new perspectives that ultimately improve
the classroom experience. They have published their research in the most distinguished
academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative
Analysis, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Business and Economic
Statistics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance and Operations
Research among many others. In support of our high emphasis on knowledge discovery,
the Department conducts an active research seminar series that allows participants
to interact and learn from leaders in the discipline.
Judging by the pursuits of our graduates, our programs have been very successful,
as our graduates are employed in Fortune 500 firms, major investment banks and investment
management firms, earn rigorous professional designations, and some gain entry
to ultra-competitive master’s and Ph.D. programs at top institutions.
We invite you to explore the opportunities in the Department of Finance and Real
Estate. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Interim Chair and Professor Department of Finance and Real Estate
EKS&H Faculty Fellow