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M.S. in Risk Management

Welcome to the Risk Management programs at Queens College, located in the global nexus of the world’s insurance and capital markets.

Our program seeks highly motivated individuals with strong communication and analytical backgrounds looking to advance their careers or to gain a foothold in the growing area of risk management within corporate and financial organizations. At Queens College, we are committed to teaching graduate students about how risk creates opportunities for profit and growth as well as how risk creates the potential for losses and intangible costs.

Our distinguished faculty are accomplished academic thought leaders as well as risk management professionals from industry who bring the real world into the classroom. Important components of the curriculum include hands-on, team-based learning and real-world projects, all with an emphasis on communication. Our approach to risk management is interdisciplinary. Finance, accounting, quantitative analytics, and market knowledge each plays an integral role in preparing graduates to recognize and quantify risk and the decision tools needed to mitigate, transfer, retain, or exploit risk as opportunity. 

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Risk Management Department offers a new course, RM 792 Applied Financial Analysis. This course will introduce students to programming for quantitative analysis with finance applications.
The course will start with a review of advanced Excel Functions (Financial Functions, Data Tables, Regression Functions, Conditional Functions, Dates, Lookup Functions, Pivot Tables, Matrices) and then will cover VBA, including recording macros, creating and using functions in VBA, creating and using VBA Sub Procedures, incorporating user interaction, loops, and arrays, objects and add-ins. Students will work with dynamic datasets, construct Bloomberg formulas, extract Bloomberg data into Excel and use Bloomberg's function builder. Students will also cover documentation and good practices for database and model management.
Welcome New Students and Welcome Back to Returning Students!

We are delighted to welcome Georges Courtadon to our faculty. In addition to an esteemed academic background, Georges was a pioneer in the capital markets, developing new methods and innovating new products to hedge risk using derivatives. Georges will be teaching both undergraduate and graduate level derivatives classes in the fall, and for those students most mathematically inclined, an advanced level derivatives class in the spring.

We are also delighted to welcome Ardavan Mobasheri to our faculty. Ardavan most recently was the Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director at AIG and played a critical role in successfully navigating AIG through a tumultuous economic and capital markets environment. Ardavan will be teaching Corporate Strategy and Macroeconomic Risk Management in the fall, which is open to graduate students and upper level undergraduate students.

Take a moment to peruse Professor Courtadon's and Mobasheri's bios on the faculty pages.

We look forward to an exciting year!








 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 
Extended application date for fall admissions is now May 1, 2014.
Materials that need to be received by May 1st are the application, essay, transcript, and resume. Scores and recommendation letters will be accepted after this date.
Applications received after May 1st, may be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee.


 Summer Session



Summer courses enable students to more easily complete the program in one calendar year by taking two courses in the summer terms (1L and 2L) and four courses in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. For students attending on a part time basis, summer courses also permit a more manageable course load.

Summer Courses: 

Session I

RM 706 Risk Transfer to Insurance Markets - Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm - 9:48pm Orin Linden

Session II

RM 705 Risk Transfer to Financial Markets - Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:48pm Luc Marest

RM 792 Applied Financial Analysis - Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:48pm Cara Marshall

Fall Courses 2014:

RM 701 Enterprise Risk Management - Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:20pm Diane Coogan-Pushner

RM 702 Accounting to Risk Management - Wednesday 6:30pm -9:20pm Renee Weiss

RM 704 Risk Measurement - Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm Cara Marshall

RM 705 Risk Transfer to Financial Markets - Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:20pm Georges Courtadon

RM 706 Risk Transfer to Insurance Markets - Thursday 6:30pm -9:20pm Orin Linden 

RM 710 Fixed Income Instruments - Monday 6:30pm - 9:20pm Wei Simi

RM 792 Applied Financial Analysis - Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:48pm Cara Marshall


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