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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply to one of the MS degree programs or Advanced Certificate 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; 2 letters of recommendation; 500 word essay describing one's interest in studying RM;  QC graduate application;  and GMAT.  TOEFL > 80 (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.

Applicants who score below a 100 on the TOEFL IBT, or below a 7 on the IELTS, will be required to register for the Graduate English as a Second Language (GESL) course during the first semester.​

Certain well-qualified Queens College undergraduate students may qualify for direct admission.  See the Admissions​ page for details.

5. How competitive are admissions?

In most cases applicants who are accepted into the program have distinguished academic backgrounds and or significant relevant work experience. Admission is competitive. 

6. Can the GMAT exam be waived?

The GMAT may be substituted by GRE, LSAT, MCAT, CFA exam, or CPA exam.

As an alternative, we now offer an Internal Entrance Exam.  This is a content-based exam (based on select CFA material).  For information on what to prepare for the Internal Entrance Exam:IEE.pdfIEE​.pdf.  Complete your application and then send Elvira Casper an email to schedule your Internal Entrance Exam date.

In certain circumstances, significant and relevant work experience might override admissions committee's need for the GMAT score or its substitutes. 

The institutional code number of Queens College is 2750.

7. Is this program eligible for the 24-month STEM OPT extension?

As of 2019, several of our programs are eligible for the 24-month STEM OPT extension.  The degrees that are eligible are: Advanced Certificate in Risk Management, MS in Risk Management-Finance, MS in Risk Management-Dynamic Financial Analysis, and MS in Actuarial Risk Management.  MS in Risk Management-Accounting is not eligible.  ​

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

There is an Accelerated Degree program which allows undergraduates to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework as an undergraduate student.  See: for more information.  With planning, undergraduate students in related majors can finish their bachelors degree and also receive an Advanced Certificate in Risk Management.  Speak to the Risk Management Program Director for more information.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. How will I register for courses once accepted?

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

12. Are courses offered in the summer terms?

Yes, usually RM 706 and RM 711 are offered in the summer terms.

13. Can I combine Risk Management and Accounting degrees?

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

14. When are classes held?

Classes are held in the evenings and occassionally weekends.
QC Campus: Monday-Thursday: 6:30pm-9:20pm.
Many courses are hybrid, with a mixture of online and in-person meetings.

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

Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee and we accept admission applications once a year for Summer/Fall matriculation.  Submit your application as early as possible and we will do our best to give you a decision quickly.

16. Where can I find the College Bulletin?

Graduate and Undergraduate College Bulletins can be found here:​


 Office Information


Our Office has moved to Kissena Hall
Noelle Ogawa is in the office
from 12:00-5:00

Program Director:
Cara Marshall, PhD
See office hours and make appointment:

Kissena Hall 309
(718) 997-5387

Program Assistant:
Noelle Ogawa
Kissena Hall 310
(718) 997-5507





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