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Frequently Asked Questions
M.S. in Risk Management


1. How do I apply to one of the three MS degree programs in Risk Management?

Contact Office of Graduate Admissions, Jefferson Hall, Room 105 Tel:1-718-997-5200  Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am- 4:30pm and Friday: 5:00-7:00pm when classes are in session.

Click here for more information on the application:

2. Can I be accepted to the program on a part-time basis?


3. Can I finish the program in one calendar year?

Yes, students attending full-time, having met all undergraduate prerequisites, will be able to complete the program in one calendar year (Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.)

4. What are the minimum requirements for admission?

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university; 3 letters of recommendation; 500 word essay describing one's interest in studying RM;  QC graduate application;  and GMAT.  TOEFL > 100 (internet) for international students, and may be waived if holding a degree from a US college or university with permission of the director.  Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume in their application package.  Applicants may also be invited to interview for the program.

Please note that in most cases applicants who are accepted into the program have distinguished academic backgrounds and or significant relevant work experience and admission is competitive. 

5. Can the GMAT exam be waived?

The GMAT may be substituted by GRE, LSAT, MCAT, CFA exam, or CPA exam. In certain circumstances, significant and relevant work experience might override admissions committee's need for the GMAT score or its substitutes. 

6. Can I begin the program by taking course as an undergraduate or as a non-matriculated student?

In most cases, undergraduate or non-matriculated students may not enroll in the risk management courses.  Queens College offers Certificate Programs in Risk Management that offer applicants an alternative pathway for learning risk management.

7. I already have an M.S. in Accounting from Queens College.  How many credits are transferrable from this degree to the M.S. in Risk Management?

Evaluation of transfer credits is determined by the faculty advisory committee.

8. Can I pursue the M.S. in Risk Management and the M.S. in Accounting at Queens College at the same time?

No. Students may matriculate into only one degree program at a time.  However, some credits may be transferrable between programs.

9. How will I register for courses once accepted?

After matriculating, students may register for courses through the Office of Risk Management.

10. Are courses offered in the summer terms?

Yes, RM 705 and RM 706 are offered in the summer terms.

11. Where are classes held?

Risk Management classes are held on the Queens College Campus. Starting Fall 2014 certain classes will be held in Manhattan.

12. When are classes held?

Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends.
QC Campus: Monday-Thursday: 6:30pm-9:20pm and Sundays: 9am-12pm.
Manhattan:  Monday-Thursday, evenings.

13. When will I be notified about whether I am accepted into the program?

Applicants who submit completed packages on or prior to March 1, 2014 will by notified regarding acceptance on or before April 1, 2014.   Acceptance is for Fall matriculation only.


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 Important Dates

August 26: Risk Management Open House
August 26: US OPEN

 Office Information

Powdermaker Hall, Room 331
(718) 997-5507​

Professor Diane Coogan is available by appointment.  Please contact Elvira Casper ( to set up an appointment.

Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday 12:00pm-3:00pm 
As the May 1 application deadline approached, we received many inquiries. The admissions committee is still in the midst of reviewing those applications received by the deadline. If you missed the deadline and still wish to apply for fall matriculation, the committee will, at its discretion, continue to review applications after the May 1st deadline on a space available basis. Thus, the application window for the risk management programs has been left open at Queens College Graduate Admissions, and if you wish to apply, please visit:


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