Debolina Das, 2014 Graduate student
Current Employment: Technology Operational Risk Management & Reporting Officer, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch
Never give up!!!- is the motto of my life. Challenges make you more responsible and mentally strong. Focus, confidence and hard work are the keys to any success. The MSFRM program of UConn helped me to delve deeper into my Risk management knowledge and had given me an incredible background to Financial Risk Management. Apart from the program’s prominence on both theoretical and quantitative analysis, the practical and hands on experience helps me to address the real world risk management problems. In addition to that, I believe the prestigious PRIMA Scholarship not only boosted my career but also opened many doors to achieve my dream to be a successful business leader someday.
Hui Guo, 2011 Graduate student
Current employment: Senior Quantitative Risk Analyst TD Ameritrade, Chicago IL, U.S.
The MSFRM program covered a wide range of theory as well as practical knowledge in the Financial Risk Management field. Using different financial software and risk models prepared me for the challenges in the real world. Through my studies and work experiences, I understand what it takes to be successful in the competitive job markets of today’s world. One must study hard and then apply that knowledge to show employers that you have the skills necessary to add value to their companies. During my internship while at UCONN I learned that understanding programming languages proved to be very helpful for the job hunting process. Always set up a goal for myself and be confident helped me focus and continually grow.
Kamil Shahid, Graduate student 2013
Current Employment: Deutsche Bank
UConn’s MSFRM program has afforded me with the financial risk strategies, risk modeling as well as the practical applications that I was seeking. It has prepared me with a solid risk management foundation, enabled me to continue to improve my business communication and networking skills by bringing executives to the classroom and offering projects with local financial firms. The program has also improved my analytical and interpreting skills of simplifying complicated Financial Risk terms and procedures in more effective ways.
Yuxuan Ji, 2013 Graduate student
Current Employment: Financial Advisor, Citibank, China
During my studies at UConn MSFRM Program, I succeeded in group projects by analyzing Connecticut State Government retirement funds, organizing data and then giving proper suggestions and predictions. The projects that we did over the course of the program emphasized both theoretical and practical methods which helped me to fully utilize specific skills and critical thinking strategies that I learned at MSFRM.
Xinyue Li, 2014 Graduate student
Current Employment: Research Analyst, Financial Accounting Foundation
With only a little background in Finance, I joined the MS in Financial Risk Management program in August, 2013. The seminar in the fall semester gave me a comprehensive structure of the US capital markets and the financial industry in general. Through stimulating lectures, I have a clearer understanding of financial modeling and risk management, but what has truly made things more vivid are the opportunities provided to us by way of experiencing practical trainings by analyzing data as if we were in the real financial world. For example, the 2nd annual Connecticut Risk Management Conference, organized by MSFRM Program, showed real world strategies and problems facing the risk management sector. The student scholarship award from Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) provides me with opportunities of better understanding the real world in Risk Management and networking. I look forward to gaining a deeper understanding by attending the PRIMA 2014 Annual Conference.
Current employment: Senior Risk Analyst, K2 Advisors LLC
I am very happy with the level of education I received in the UConn MSFRM program. I work as a risk analyst in the hedge fund industry, and I entered the program while working full-time in order to deepen my risk knowledge and further my career. The knowledge I gained from the program is directly applicable to my work, where I help monitor and analyze hedge fund risks and exposures. The program taught me a broad array of knowledge across the spectrum of the entire risk management field. I gained a deeper and richer understanding of important concepts like developing advanced VaR models across equity, credit, and fixed income asset classes, volatility modeling, isolating the primary risk drivers in a portfolio through multi-factor modeling, and so forth. Joining and completing the MSFRM program has been a significant positive force in my continuing career development as a risk analyst.
Junyi Wang, 2012 Graduate student
Current Employment: Risk Analyst, K2 Advisor Stamford CT, U.S.
Upon joining UConn’s MSFRM program without any financial background was a very challenging at first. But because each faculty member is so knowledgeable and dedicated to his/her specialization, I could not have asked for a better learning experience. Everyone has been extremely helpful by challenging me to critically think and analyze financial situations as if I were already in the work place. Real world experience, combined with business theory and structural application has been at the forefront. Professors were always willing to spend additional time to provide further explanations which was tremendous. I have also enjoyed group projects and presentations. What I have studied and practiced in school I have mostly applied during my work experience.
Yunhao Li, 2011 Graduate student
Current employment: Senior Risk Consultant, Wall Street North, Stamford CT U.S
The MSFRM program at UConn provided thorough and practical curriculum that laid down a solid foundation to assist me in my current position. From my studies to job application, my confidence has increased when working with a variety of management functions and principles. In addition, the project that I was assigned to for UBS offered a professional work environment that allowed me to apply risk analysis to the real business world. Other great opportunities allowed me to become a valuable and active team player that improved both quantitative skills as well as communication skills. The Seminars Course was my favorite because of the lectures given by executives from the financial industry introduced me to real world experiences.
Throughout the next few weeks we will be providing students success stories of their career path and life changing experience.
John Briggs, 2011 Graduate Student
Current employment: Head of Cross-Asset and Asset-Backed Products Strategy, RBS
“The MSFRM program at UCONN provided me with a significant return on my investment. It helped enhance my career and professional growth through the program’s variety of “real world” risk management practices and techniques. I took away principles that have improved my market analysis and interaction with clients and investors. The program also contributed to my leadership ability to become one of the top strategies within the Royal Bank of Scotland.”
Qian Wang, 2012 Graduate student
Current Employment: Investment Specialist, Securities, China CITIC Bank, China
UConn’s MSFRM education provided the framework and methods that I use in my current position. The program offered me various experiential learning opportunities that have allowed me to engage in discussions and take on more responsibilities. It also offered lots of group work and projects that improved my presentation and interpersonal skills. The graduate assistantships also provided me with great opportunities to lead the Graduate Assistant team with conducting research, data analysis and event planning. This was extremely beneficial to my career path as well as for self improvements.
Jialu Qin, 2012 Graduate student
Current Employment: Bank of America, NYC, U.S.
MSFRM is a cutting-edge program. Since the financial crisis, risk has become a key concern of the financial industry. Our professors are experts from both theoretical background and practical world experience. This keeps us up-to-date with the latest fashion in finance. In this program, we got the opportunity to meet professionals from all over the world and share experiences.
Where do I go after I graduate?
UConn’s Graduate Program in Financial Risk Management has an enormous amount of students gaining the experience and ability to follow their career path. A developing number of companies have been hiring our students and graduates for both internships and full-time positions.
Here is a partial list of those hiring companies:
Wondering how a Master of Science in Financial Risk Management from the University of Connecticut School of Business can help your career? Because of the globalization of financial risk markets, the role risk management plays in today’s economy has been drastically elevated. The University of Connecticut School of Business can help you become a key player in this changing industry. UConn is now offering a new Master of Science in Financial Risk Management program because the field has become so critical and so global that financial risk management is no longer just for organizations, but for countries and governments as well.
Why Financial Risk Managment?
The UConn School of Business is now offering a Master of Science in Financial Risk Management because the field has become so critical, and on such a global scale, that financial risk management is no longer just for organizations, but for countries and governments as well.
In order to be competitive, successful and sound in the global marketplace, everyone involved in finance today must understand and use the same terminology and adhere to the same standards. The Master of Science in Financial Risk Management creates a culture of risk awareness that will enable graduates to properly manage risk and stay on top of new developments and best practices in top companies and organizations around the world.
Research shows that companies are actively seeking Financial Risk professionals. According to the Global Association of Risk Professionals, “given the rising importance of financial risk management in all major corporations, we have seen enormous growth and increasing diversity among FRM candidates over the past five years.” The organization also reported that 2007 Financial Risk Management candidates represent 129 or 26% of the Fortune Global 500 companies. “The FRM curriculum represents a holistic and rigorous approach to the major types of financial risks a professional will need to address, and measures the individual’s ability to deal with real-world situations in a practice-driven environment.”
This new financial risk management program benefits managers involved in the definition, specification, measurement, pricing, and mitigation of credit risk, interest rate risk, currency risk, overall market risk, and operational risk in financial asset management. It’s also for those aspiring to enter the money management profession in pursuit of long-term careers will also benefit from the program, as well as professionals already engaged in wealth management, arbitrage strategies, restructuring and combinations, and alternative investments.
To receive a the University of Connecticut’s financial risk management program brochure visit: http://www.mastersfinancialriskmanagement.com/uconnmfrmmoreinfo.html