Master's in Finance

A full-time, 12-month, on-campus program starting in May each year

Faculty Director Message
The program, culminating in these new courses, provides crucial skills necessary to be competitive in finance.

David M. Gross
Faculty Director

The Leeds MS Program in Finance offers an in-depth, focused finance education with specialized tracks in investment management and corporate finance/consulting. The program is designed for students with a strong quantitative aptitude but not necessarily a background in finance. And unlike most two-year MBAs, the program does not require work experience.

Along with small, engaging classes led by top-tier faculty, the master's in finance curriculum includes seminars on current issues and trends in leadership development, teamwork, ethics and social responsibility. The program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the finance marketplace, with employment opportunities in financial institutions (such as asset management firms and banks), corporations and consulting firms. The curriculum is also excellent preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

Leeds also provides students with professional development services such as career advising, interview skills, resume writing, mentoring and other professional enrichment activities. Students have access to the Burridge Center for Finance whose mission is to provide resources and promote events that enhance the student experience, engage alumni, support faculty research, and provide forums for the exchange of ideas between the academic and practitioner communities.

With a 100% graduation rate for the class of 2016 and 90%+ placement rate, the Leeds MS Program in Finance has a proven record of success. Additionally, Leeds graduates join an active and engaged alumni network that is 41,000 strong and growing!

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Finance Masters Faculty Insights


David Gross

The one-year master’s in finance program at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder is an in-depth, finance-focused program in corporate finance, financial consulting and investment management. Among the new course offerings are Advanced Securities Analysis, Applied Portfolio Management, and Financial Strategy and Decision Modeling. The program culminating in these new courses provides crucial skills necessary to be competitive in a finance career. 

David M. Gross PhD, MBA
Faculty Director, MS Programs in Finance and Real Estate
Senior Instructor of Finance

Tony Cookson

The new one-year master’s in finance program at Leeds will allow students to develop the tools necessary to succeed in the competitive finance industry. My role in the program is to build a strong foundation in quantitative methods and economics upon which the students will learn the practical skills necessary to excel in corporate finance and investment management. Also, the Managerial Economics course will cover the necessary economics elements of the CFA candidate body of knowledge (CBOK) and so is an important first step to mastering the CFA material.

Tony Cookson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance

Daniel Brown

Even if you never enter into a derivatives contract, it is essential for a finance professional to understand derivatives in order to price risks associated with managing a business or investment portfolio. These are necessary tools to advance your career in finance and are also critical topics in the CFA candidate body of knowledge (CBOK). After eighteen years working in the derivatives markets in New York and London, I am excited for the opportunity to teach derivatives here in Boulder, Colorado in the Leeds one-year master’s in finance program.

Daniel Brown, D.Phil
Instructor of Finance

Roberto Caccia

As director of The Burridge Center for Finance, I am excited by the opportunity to work with the next generation of top finance professionals here in Boulder, Colorado. The Burridge Center is the nexus of finance education and finance practice here at the Leeds School. We provide multiple forums for students to acquire the necessary skills to get finance jobs and advance their careers. Among Burridge activities are a speaker series, an annual conference (typically held on campus) with national and international cutting-edge finance leaders, and student “treks” to meet with potential employers in major markets around the country. The Burridge Center partners with the CFA Institute to prepare students for the CFA exams and provide an opportunity for students to participate in the CFA Research Challenge.

Roberto Caccia, PhD, MBA
Director of the Burridge Center for Finance

Nathalie Moyen

I teach a case-based finance course in the master’s program at the Leeds School. The course applies critical finance topics including financial forecasting, working capital management, capital investment analysis, cost of capital, and capital structure to complex, real-life situations involving restructurings, divestitures, financial distress, and mergers and acquisitions. Mastery of this core knowledge is vital to advancing a career in finance and it represents a good preparation for important components of the CFA candidate body of knowledge (CBOK).

Nathalie Moyen, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance

Michael Stutzer

The bond markets are about twice the size of the stock markets and therefore represent an essential part of the education necessary for a career as a corporate finance or investment management professional. The fixed income course I teach in the one-year finance MS program provides practical quantitative tools and detailed information about debt securities and markets – tools necessary for a successful career in finance and excellent preparation for the CFA exams.

Michael Stutzer, PhD
Professor of Finance