Toronto - Rotman Launches New Master Program in Financial Risk Management

Eight-month program designed for recent graduates with solid quantitative skills

The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management has announced the launch of a new graduate-level program in financial risk management.

The new Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM) is an eight-month long program designed for recent graduates who have solid quantitative skills. It will prepare students for in-demand careers in risk management and trading.

“The next generation of business graduates must be ‘risk savvy’ and clearly see its importance to the success of the business and their own performance,” says Rose Patten, a Rotman adjunct professor.

Students in the MFRM program will be able to use Rotman's BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab, which will give them access to finance-oriented research databases and other global financial resources.

The program's curriculum is divided into three phases. During the first phase, which is between September and November, students will take five classes, including "Credit Risk," "Market Risk," and "Regulation of Financial Institutions." From December to January, students will pursue an integrated project, where they'll research a current issue that's significant to financial institutions. During the last phase of the program, which is between January and April, five more courses will be delivered, including "Macroeconomics for Financial Professionals," "Advanced Derivatives," and "Risk Modelling for Trading Strategies."

Rotman also offers a part-time, 20-month long Master of Finance, which is generally aimed at students who already have work experience. Because of its strong MBA placements in finance, Rotman is currently listed by FIND MBA as one of the top 10 business schools worldwide for a career in finance or financial services.

The online application for Rotman's MFRM program will be open sometime this fall. The program is set to launch in the fall of 2016. To apply, potential candidates should have at least a B average across all courses in the final year of their undergraduate degree; most admitted students, according to Rotman, will have a considerably higher GPA. Evidence of a high level of quantitative proficiency, in subjects like calculus, linear algebra, statistics, or econometrics, is also required. Prerequisite courses include "Corporate Finance," "Financial Accounting," "Investments," and "Futures and Options."

For more information, please see Rotman's MFRM program webpage.

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