Finance Emphasis

Finance Emphasis

Help individuals and organizations achieve their financial goals.

The study of finance provides students with an understanding of numerous financial theories such as the relation between risk and return, the factors that determine asset values and strategies for minimizing the risk exposure of both corporations and investors. An understanding of these theories helps students develop the ability to make sound and practical business and personal investment decisions. You will be trained to think logically regarding financial problems and to formulate sound financial decisions, policies and practices.

Why study finance at UCCS?

  1. AACSB Accredited

    The UCCS College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) which ensures your professors, classes and fellow students are of the highest quality. Only 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

  2. Exceptional Faculty

    Our leading instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and instruction. Receive personalized guidance from professors with real-world experience in their field. 

  3. Ethical Curriculum

    The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS instills principle-based ethics education throughout the business school, resulting in a high standard of ethics in our students and graduates.

  4. Community Support

    UCCS offers a various ways to connect and engage across campus. The College of Business sponsors several business-oriented clubs and organizations, including the Finance Club.

  5. Real-World Experience

    The College of Business houses its own Career Development Center, dedicated to providing business students with assistance in career development, internship opportunities and job placement. 

  6. Global Perspectives

    The College of Business incorporates international business cases into the curriculum to ensure you are prepared for cross-cultural and international business opportunities. For those who wish to study abroad, the College of Business maintains partnerships with business schools across the world.


CFA Accredited

A Part of a Global Association

UCCS College of Business Finance Emphasis has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that UCCS’ curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.

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Finance Courses

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

    This course provides a comprehensive study of how corporations make investment decisions, raise capital to finance their investments and manage their financial affairs to create shareholder value. Topics covered include capital budgeting and the cost of capital, dividend policy, capital structure and financial distress, with an emphasis on developing analytical tools and problem-solving.

  • Investment and Portfolio Management

    This course covers the investments industry and instruments. Topics include risk and return, security types, mutual funds, the stock market, market efficiency, behavioral finance, interest rates, portfolio diversification, asset allocation and the valuation of stocks, bonds, options and futures. Investment and Portfolio Management discusses investment problems and the formation of diversified portfolios.

  • Money and Banking

    This course studies the interaction between financial markets and the Federal Reserve system and emphasizes how the Federal Reserve Bank conducts monetary policy to promote a stable banking system and strong economic growth while minimizing inflation and unemployment. Topics covered include interest rates, inflation and the money supply and the effect of these variables on the business cycle.

  • Fixed Income Securities

    Fixed income is the largest and most actively traded asset class in the world. This course will provide an understanding of fixed income securities, provide analytical approaches to assessing their valuation and risk, explore basic fixed income trading strategies and conclude with fixed income portfolio construction & management.

  • Derivatives

    This course studies the underlying theory and practical applications of derivative securities. Topics covered will include futures, forwards and options.

  • Ethics in Finance

    This course prepares you with the conceptual framework necessary to analyze and understand the requirements of ethical conduct within the organization, and the ethical problems facing business and financial managers in a global environment. Case studies and practical tools will be used to develop an ethical framework, as well as establish and review ethical practices in the workplace.

  • Equity Valuation

    This course helps you develop the analytical skills required for the valuation of companies. The course covers conceptual valuation frameworks and applying them to practical approaches of valuing companies and ultimately making buy/sell investment decisions.

  • International Financial Management

    This course examines the opportunities and risks of firms doing business in a global economy. You will explore international capital movements, balance of payment problems, foreign and international institutions, foreign exchange markets, managing foreign exchange risk and exposure and global investment and financing strategies.

  • Personal Financial Planning Process and Ethics

    This course will introduce you to the general principles of the personal financial planning process and the ethical standards and professional responsibilities of personal financial planners. Topics covered will include the financial planning process, personal financial statements, budgeting and cash flow management, time value of money concepts and calculations, debt management and ethical and practice standards of personal financial planners.

Potential Careers


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What Our Students Are Saying

Richard Warmbir
Finance, Class of 2018
"UCCS is a great school. As for the College of Business, there is no better place on campus to meet great people and be taught by experienced professionals that know what they are talking about and have a genuine passion for teaching and their craft."
Riley Birst
Finance and Management, Class of 2020
"I chose Finance because it is an essential component of business and there are numerous financial institutions located in Colorado Springs. UCCS is truly a hidden gem in higher education. The amount you receive for the price you pay is fantastic and you will always have resources to be successful."