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Master of science in Applied Quantitative Finance

In the highly customizable one-year MSAQF program, you can build your skills in a wide variety of corporate finance, asset management and investment banking courses, as well as special topic electives. You’ll graduate ready to lead in the financial field of your choice.

  •   Average salary for new graduates is $72,000.*

* Class of 2020

Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance Program Snapshot

Academic Term

10-week quarters
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Entry Points

Fall quarter (September)
Spring quarter (March)

Program Length

As little as 10 months

Specializations

Business Finance
Investments
Financial Institutions
Wealth Management
Or design your own concentration
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STEM designation

This is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree according to the Department of Homeland Security. With this designation, F-1 international students may apply for a 24-month extension for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance Tuition

Base tuition (2022-2023): $69,075 Typical scholarship range (% of tuition): 10-65%*

† Up to 12 additional credits of prerequisites may be required, at a cost of $1,535 per credit. Students may have prerequisite requirements waived based on previous coursework or by passing waiver exams.
* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact daniels@du.edu or 303-871-3416 for more information.

Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance Curriculum

The MS in Applied Quantitative Finance (MSAQF) from the Reiman School of Finance combines the in-depth study of finance theories and principles with advanced technologies, communication and teamwork, with a strong focus on ethics and values.

You will develop financial models with integrated classroom experience and apply your newly learned skills immediately. You’ll get hands-on experience managing real money in our Marsico Investment Center, and take learning trips to the financial capitals of the world, such as New York, London and Brussels.

Most importantly, we will challenge you to think, not memorize. We believe in learning by doing, practicing and perfecting. 

Customizable Tracks

The master’s in finance degree is highly customizable, meaning you can shape the curriculum to fit your needs and career aspirations. You can build your own plan out of the courses most relevant to you, or you can follow one of our four suggested tracks.

Business Finance Track

Focus on corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, treasury management, or nonprofit financial management in the business finance track. Students in this track can choose an array of applicable courses including financial planning and analysis, financial modeling, treasury management, advanced business valuation, sustainable finance, fixed income analysis, and strategic finance. Some also customize by taking courses in investment banking, as they’re linked to the market interface with the corporation’s capital needs. 

Career paths: corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, treasury management, nonprofit finance

Students have interned or taken full-time jobs at: Toyota Motor North America, Oakwood Homes, SomaLogic, Sandia National Laboratories, Deloitte, Ball Corporation, Frontier Airlines

See a sample course sequence for Business Finance

Financial Institutions Track

Students who focus on financial institutions can develop expertise within several different types of financial organizations, including investment banks, commercial banks, venture capital, private equity and insurance companies. Along with taking key coursework in areas like investment banking and external finance, financial modeling, equity analysis, advanced business valuation, Walk Down Wall Street and strategic finance, students often get hands-on experience via internships in this track.

Career paths: investment banking, commercial banking, venture capital, private equity, insurance

Students have interned or taken full-time jobs at: SDR Ventures, CoBank, FMI Corporation, FirstBank, Capstone Partners, Stifel, Strategic Finance, Architect Partners

See a sample course sequence for Financial Institutions

Investments Track 

Students in this track have a range of opportunities that the customizing coursework and experiential activities can facilitate. For example, our investments track students have had internships and jobs in asset management firms, hedge funds, start-up capital enterprises and nonprofit foundations. Deepen your focus in the investments field with courses like financial markets and instruments, equity analysis, advanced portfolio analysis, derivatives, sustainable finance, and fixed income analysis. There’s even an opportunity to take courses managing student-run funds in our Marsico Investment Center.

Career paths: asset and portfolio management, hedge funds, start-up capital firms, nonprofit foundations

Students have interned or taken full-time jobs at: BaseRock Partners, Gravity Investments, The Ryan Foundation, Tudor Pickering, Standard Dao, Longs Peak Advisory Services, IPS Strategic Capital

See a sample course sequence for Investments

Wealth Management Track

Interested in working in the rapidly growing area of wealth management? Students in this track have opportunities from a wide range of applicable classes. As wealth managers can have an asset management focus or work directly with either business clients or families on financial goals, students can customize the track with business finance classes, investments classes or classes focused on capital markets. You can also take analytics or accounting classes to accommodate your special interests in this rapidly developing field. 

Career paths: wealth management, asset management, financial advising, consultancy, family offices

Students have interned or taken full-time jobs at: Merrill Lynch, The Colony Group, Charles Schwab

See a sample course sequence for Wealth Management

Courses and Electives

The MSAQF program is a STEM-designated 45- to 57-credit degree that can be completed in as little as 10 months by full-time students subject to prerequisites and course load. You also have the option of earning your degree part-time, day or evening.

The degree plan includes courses in finance and business analytics and 16 elective credits toward your specialization or concentration.

As an MSAQF student you will:

  • Build your resume with a complimentary subscription to S&P Capital IQ.
  • Get hands-on equity asset management skills by managing a portion of the University’s endowment fund in our Marsico Fund course.
  • Use options to create hedging and return enhancement strategies in our Derivative Funds class.
  • Develop financial models for the investment banking industry using the most sophisticated information, analysis, databases and simulation software available.
  • Take advantage of highly customizable tracks in business finance, financial institutions, investments and wealth management or design your own track to fit your specific career goals.

Elevate Your Career

The MSAQF is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-designated program according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With this designation, F-1 international students can apply for an OPT visa extension.

The program is also a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. As a member of the program, we sponsor students for CFA exam scholarships each year.

Experiential Learning

Learning at Daniels encourages you to get out of the classroom and into the field interacting with business leaders, solving real business problems and using your business skills when the stakes are real. You’ll emerge from Daniels business sharp, field tested and ready to lead—adaptable to new situations and well-versed in both big-picture strategic thinking and cross-functional intricacies.

GAIN REAL–WORLD EXPERIENCE

At Daniels, our deep connections around the world create ample opportunities for you to meet and learn from the top professionals in your industry of interest.

  • Finance Capital of the World: This course provides the opportunity to learn and reinforce financial concepts, tools, methodologies and practices that are used in the European financial markets. After preparatory sessions and assignments in Denver, students will spend time in London visiting and learning from investment bankers, asset managers and risk managers. All this will be studied in the context of understanding how geopolitical risk impacts financial decision-making and how the decisions made in Brussels affect all of the EU countries and markets. Students will also spend a week in New York visiting a variety of financial firms to learn from employees who work in these fields.
  • Voices of ExperienceDynamic presentations and discussions from executive business leaders on the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
  • Reiman Finance Club: This group allows students to directly engage the professional finance world through speakers, networking and workshops, with the end job of finding their ideal job. The club matches current students with alumni across the country for monthly conversations about the industry and possible career pathways. Weekly newsletters inform students of events and networking opportunities on campus as well as internship and full-time positions in the financial industry.
  • Executive and Alumni Mentoring: Gain insight from an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.
COMPETE AGAINST THE BEST

Case competitions provide you with a chance to showcase your critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills—experiencing firsthand the challenges of the business world. 

  • Race & Case: Daniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition: Daniels is proud to host one of the country’s few business case competitions focused on diversity. Students tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This is a unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business. Students are challenged to develop research and analysis tactics to help Comcast Colorado.
  • Association for Corporate Growth Case Competition: A regional business school case competition. The ACG Cup is a case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.
  • Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition: More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackle a new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management. This requires innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. You will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision making—not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES

At Daniels, we are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusive excellence for all of our students. 

  • The University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department works closely with our graduate students to help make the most of their Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) time.
  • The MSAQF is STEM designated, making it possible for your OPT to extend to 3 years.
  • We offer flexibility in our Master of Science program that can enable you to maximize your stay in the U.S.

Companies That Hired Recent MSAQF Graduates

How to Apply for the Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance

The Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance welcomes applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Join students who come to Daniels from across the U.S. and around the world for a rigorous business education.

Admission to the program is test-optional. This means that applicants are not required to submit GMAT or GRE test scores for admissions consideration, but they should consider whether taking one of these exams and submitting test scores will support their individual candidacies.

FAQs for the MS in Applied Quantitative Finance

What can you do with a quantitative finance degree?

A master’s degree in finance qualifies you to work as a financial advisor or analyst in a number of different fields, such as corporate finance, private equity, investment banking, insurance or portfolio management.

Is the program customizable?

Yes, the Master’s in Finance is highly customizable. We offer four preset tracks that you can choose from. You can also work with your graduate advisor to build your own program with electives and internships in the topics that interest you most.

What companies/networking opportunities are available for building connections in finance?

The Reiman School of Finance has established relationships with a wide range of organizations large and small, including banks, private equity, corporate institutions and more. Students often intern with these organizations and connect with them through on-campus events, and many go on to work with the companies after graduation.

How will I know if I have to take the prerequisite courses?

You can send your transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions at daniels@du.edu, and a faculty member will evaluate whether you’re eligible for prerequisite waivers.

How many times per week do we meet in class?

A 4-credit course will require you to be in class for 1 hour and 50 minutes twice a week. Typically, this will be offered on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule, with most classes beginning after 4 p.m.

Have other questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at daniels@du.edu or 303-871-3416.

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