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This rigorous, practical program features a comprehensive study of integrated corporate risk measurement and management processes and principles. You’ll leave the program better able to assess and respond to changes in the risk environment and with the confidence to develop effective solutions to meet the needs of any industry.

Courses for the Real World

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FIN 605 Enterprise Valuation

Corporate valuation methodologies including dividend discount model, relative valuation using market multiples, free cash flows and options analysis

FIN 630 Financial Modeling

Practical applications of financial modeling and computer programming to analyze financial data

FIN 655 Investments

Investment analysis and decision making emphasizing equity securities and portfolio management

FIN 665 Financial Engineering

Using futures, options, swaps, and securitized transactions in financial management

FIN 675 International Finance

Analysis of the foreign exchange market and international financial markets

FIN 610 Debt Securities Analysis

Valuation of corporate, government, and mortgage-backed debt securities and strategies for management of debt security portfolios

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The Master of Finance is offered by the College of Business Department of Finance and Real Estate.
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Important Dates
For international applicants, fall admission
5/13/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates!

Costs and Financial Support
The Master of Finance provides a comprehensive study of the principles, processes, and practices of investment analysis, portfolio management, corporate finance and financial risk management.
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Colorado State University's Master of Finance is a highly quantitative 30-credit program offered on campus that provides a comprehensive study of the principles, processes, and practices of investment analysis, portfolio management, corporate finance and financial risk management.

You'll get hands-on experience closely aligned with professional practice, individual attention from faculty, and interaction with other motivated and engaged students. And you can be confident that your knowledge will translate into real world skills. Our students continually have high pass rates on the Chartered Finance Analyst (CFA®) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) exams, or choose to pursue Ph.D. programs.

Program at a Glance
Delivery: Face to face
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Length: Two semesters (full time) or four semesters (part time)
Start Dates: August
Schedule: Classes two to five days a week, Monday–Friday
Credits: 30


The courses below reflect the 2016-2017 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2016 for students enrolling during the 2016-2017 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

The Master of Finance prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing finance industry, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and real-world application. The curriculum covers the principles, processes, and practices of investment analysis, portfolio management, corporate finance, and financial risk management, with hands-on application of course concepts to analysis of current financial data.

Required Courses
FIN 524/STAT 524
Financial Statistics
FIN 605
Enterprise Valuation
FIN 610
Debt Securities Analysis
FIN 655
FIN 665
Financial Engineering
FIN 670
Risk Management Theory and Application
FIN 675
International Finance
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
FIN 603
Corporate Risk Management
FIN 604
Employee Benefits
FIN 625
Quantitative Methods in Finance
FIN 630
Financial Modeling
FIN 661
Advanced Portfolio Management
FIN 669
Financing, Evaluating Sustainable Enterprise
REL 601
Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance
Program Total Credits

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.

Every student is different. Your tuition and fees will reflect your student type and academic path.

We do our best to give you accurate estimates, but please email the Office of Financial Aid at to get the most precise information about your cost of attendance.

Amounts displayed are intended as an estimate only, and should not be used for billing purposes.

Financial Aid and Support

Grad school is an investment. We're here to help. The College of Business offers specific opportunities for graduate students to reduce college expenses.

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Estimated 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees

Master of Finance, 30 credits

Resident    Nonresident  

  Semester1 Program2 (2 semesters)
Base tuition $4,814 $9,628
Graduate differential tuition3 $4,560 $9,120
General fees $832 $1,664
University facility fee $311 $622
University technology fee $25 $50
College technology fee $103 $206
Total $10,645 $21,290

  Semester1 Program2 (2 semesters)
Base tuition $11,802 $23,603
Graduate differential tuition3 $4,560 $9,120
General fees $832 $1,664
University facility fee $311 $622
University technology fee $25 $50
College technology fee $103 $206
Total $17,633 $35,265
1. Semester tuition estimates are based on typical fall and spring semesters.
2. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.
3. Graduate differential tuition is $304 per credit hour and is subject to annual increases.

How We Calculate Tuition and Fees

The College of Business follows the University's graduate tuition guide and additionally charges graduate differential tuition. Graduate differential tuition helps support your student experience by enhancing classroom technology through innovation, hiring highly qualified faculty, and providing advising support, scholarships, highly equipped computer labs, and comprehensive career services.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration, residency, and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply. Try out the University tuition and fees calculator to better understand how tuition and fees can change.

CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.

All full fee-paying resident‐instruction graduate students automatically will be enrolled in and billed for CSU student health insurance. Premium information and instructions on applying for a waiver to opt out of the insurance are available for domestic students (PDF)  and international students (PDF)


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When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Master of Finance, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.

Eligibility and Requirements

Master of Finance applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed undergraduate course work, or equivalent, in Business Finance, Probability and Statistics, and Calculus I
  • Prior work or academic experience with computer programming
  • Satisfactory scores in GMAT or GRE2
  • International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 86 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a PTE score of 58 or higher
1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.

2. A GMAT score of 620 or cumulative GRE score of 315 is preferred. Scores in the quantitative sections are especially significant. The test must have been taken within the past five years. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration.
3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.

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Application Deadlines

For fall admission:
May 1 for international applicants
June 1 for U.S. applicants
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines may occur before the application for admission deadlines.

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Application Process

The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.

We accept applications for fall admission only. The application deadline is May 1 for international applicants and June 1 for U.S. applicants. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
    • Visit to start your application.
    • Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
    • Under "Program," choose Finance (M.F.I.N.).
    • Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
      As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
  2. Pay the application fee

    Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).

  3. Submit the online applicant data sheet

    Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).

  4. Check your status

    We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.



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