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Risk Management: Master of Science (MS) in Risk Management, Finance Concentration

Leverage your interest in finance with a master’s degree in Risk Management, a field with rapidly growing career possibilities on Wall Street and across every sector.

  • Study in a top program that’s affordable—and in close proximity to the world’s capital markets
  • Our graduates go on to careers in major financial institutions as well as industry, government, consulting, assurance, and audit and actuarial services


Risk management isn’t just about buying derivatives—it’s a field that is increasingly vital for any business that hopes to control exposure and make strategic decisions about what risks to assume. At Queens College, our job placement rate is exemplary, with virtually all our graduates working in risk management or related fields.

Why pursue Risk Managemen​​t at Queens College?

  • Our faculty are practitioners and thought leaders
  • Classes meet in the evening, so you can complete your master’s degree without putting your career on hold
  • Choose from three areas of concentration: Finance, Accounting, or Dynamic Financial Analysis
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities, enrichment programs, leading-edge software, and a dedicated career counselor

Admissions Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation, resume, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and a 500-word essay
  • GMAT (Candidates also may submit scores from the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT exam, or one exam from the CFA, CPA, or SOA/CAS exam series in lieu of the GMAT)

An interview may be required.

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Finance/CFA Concentration

The concentration is designed to give students a solid risk management foundation, including basic risk management skills in math, risk transfer markets, and modeling, plus training in enterprise risk management. The five graduate-level finance electives will further enhance the student’s financial analysis, accounting, portfolio management, and financial modeling expertise in the area of econometrics. The curriculum covers a vast majority of the CFA Institute’s body of knowledge and should help students be well prepared to study for and pass the three exams required for the CFA Charterholder professional designation. The curriculum also covers a vast majority of the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society’s body of knowledge and should help students be well prepared to study for and pass the many exams required for associate or full fellowship in these two societies.

Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. An undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2. All students should have earned a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate program in order to apply.
3. All students must submit a copy of their resume with their application.
4. The GMAT may be waived by permission of the program director.
Although students with any undergraduate background may apply, students with a finance or accounting background will be able to complete the program faster. Accounting majors or students graduating in any of the majors leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration at Queens College with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply for, and on acceptance, complete the Finance/CFA concentration in 30 credits. Students with other backgrounds such as mathematics, economics, or computer science, or other majors may need to complete additional graduate foundation courses.

The faculty advisory committee and the program director will make admissions decisions. The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee acceptance.


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineJuly 30
Spring DeadlineOctober 30
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference2
Essay  500 Words

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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