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Money, markets, and real estate. The Department of Finance and Real Estate is connected to it all.

The degrees offered within the Department of Finance and Real Estate are some of the most popular at the College of Business – more students are enrolled in finance and real estate than any other undergraduate concentration within the college. No wonder, as finance and real estate are two of the largest industries in the world. How do you prepare someone to work in a profession that offers such wide career selections? By providing both academic and extracurricular opportunities that echo the variety of the industry. Our undergraduate and graduate students have many options to tailor their time at Colorado State University to best fit their career aspirations, whether it be within a traditional or an emerging field. They are guided by faculty who are committed to teaching and research and place particular importance on engaging, practical learning that prepares students for exciting and challenging finance and real estate careers.


Welcome to the Department of Finance and Real Estate within the College of Business. If you are interested in finance or real estate, you have come to the right place. We offer numerous innovative programs, and are committed to the success of our graduates. Our students learn in the midst of state-of-the-art facilities including the Gary B. Halley financial lab with 30 workstations, 16 Bloomberg® terminals, and sophisticated analysis software. We provide opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in student-managed investment funds (summit, pioneer and veterans). These funds offer excellent experiential learning opportunities. Our department also benefits from generous resources available through the Everitt Real Estate Center, which supports student-faculty collaborations and the real estate community of Northern Colorado.

– Costanza Meneghetti, Ph.D,
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Finance & Real Estate

Costanza Meneghetti

Advisory Boards

The Department of Finance and Real Estate offers advisory board opportunities for professionals who are in touch with the needs of the business community and the finance and real estate industries. Board members advise on strategic direction and objectives, making sure our programs are following best practices and reflect the needs of our students and community.


Leading the way to solve complex business problems, our research extends beyond journals and publications. Our faculty include experienced scholars whose work impacts our field and society as well as being widely cited.

Areas we study:

  • Investments
  • Corporate finance
  • Derivatives
  • Risk management
  • International finance
  • Energy

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Academic Programs

This rigorous, practical program will teach you the principles, processes, and practices of modern finance, including investment analysis, portfolio management, financial management, and risk management. 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.

Completing this certificate gives students a solid background in business finance and investments. Students then can dive deeper in the investments area or corporate financial management.


Finance Concentration

The finance concentration prepares you to enter the finance profession with knowledge and skills in asset valuation, investments, and global finance.

The financial planning concentration covers all the major areas of financial planning, including retirement, employee benefits, estate, tax, and insurance planning and is appropriate if you want to enter the financial planning profession as a financial advisor, financial planner, wealth manager, or financial product representative.

The real estate concentration prepares you for a career in real estate and related industries. You will learn and understand the development, financing, management, and marketing of land resources. You’ll also learn how these resources are used by developers and real estate financiers.


The Everitt Real Estate Center builds connections between our real estate classrooms and our community. The center coordinates opportunities for students, faculty, and local real estate professionals to meet, learn from, and work with one another. The center sponsors numerous conferences and events that provide valuable industry insight and a way to connect and share information. It also produces research that explores current industry trends.

Student Involvement

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Finance Club – Students get help building a résumé, preparing for interviews, and locating jobs within the various realms of finance. They can attend lectures from finance specialists and take part in networking opportunities.

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Real Estate Club – This club helps enhance student understanding of the industry and provides opportunities to network with professionals and attend guest lectures, conferences, and seminars.

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Summit and Veterans funds – Students develop investment skills and strategies while managing these investment funds in real time and real dollars. The Summit Fund is valued at about $320K, the Veterans Fund at about $260K. Watch how the Summit Fund works.

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Internships – Our internship program allows students to blend classroom learning with work experience. Interns develop a better understanding of the industry and create connections that benefit their career path.


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