Risk Finance Track


Financial Risk Management, stability, sustainability of financial markets and risk finance are core problems of the financial industry and world.  The Dodd-Frank act and increased regulation and pursuit of financial agents and financial institution  has only increased the importance and our awareness of the complexity and the challenges of financial risk management. The “Risk Finance Track” prepares students to the challenges of a modern financial risk management and to the many job opportunities focused that have opened for financial risk managers.  For example:

  1. Managing financial, extreme and cyber risks in an era of uncertainty and global markets in turmoil and out of equilibrium.
  2. Develop financial products that are robust and anti-fragile to value risks and allow the safe transfer and the securitization of risks to better access financial liquidity and financial risk exchanges.  Both, optional financial products such as credit derivatives and financial insurance products are introduced, priced and managed to prevent financial losses and to hedge trading bets.
  3. Corporate Finance Risk Management, embedded in financial risk management of Banks and other industrial and financial institutions.
  4. Financial regulation to better comprehend the complexity and complying to multiple regulation agencies as well as global regulation currently at the forefront of financial authorities.
  5. Financial Analytics and Actuarial Mathematics to better measure risks, price and manage trading risks in an environment where stealth trading, high frequency trading, uncertainty and multi-agents finance prevail.  In such an environment a greater appreciation of out-of-equilibrium (incomplete) finance, statistical tools, big-data finance and financial technologyto track, assess and control become essential tools to engineer financial risk management.
  6. Market Risk Analytics in Banks, Investment Management Firms and Hedge Funds
  7. Operational Risk Management to implement the company’s operational risk framework
  8. Quantitative Model Risk and Model Validation with responsibilities of model implementation process, reviewing model standards, assessing the risk mitigation policies and monitoring risk events
  9. Other

The “Risk Finance Track” is co-directed by Professors Charles S. Tapiero and Nassim N. Taleb.

Job Opportunities:

The job opportunities to graduates in the Risk Finance Track are expanding and may relate to a broad number of areas where finance and the business ofmeyprime.  A number of such areas include:

  1. Credit Risk, Derivatives and Management in Loan Firms and Banks
  2. Insurance and their use of financial Instruments
  3. Regulation, within Agencies with responsibilities over Financial Institutions (such as the Treasury-The OCC, The SEC, etc.  As well as Compliance Management, in particular in the Banking sector, in Hedge Funds and in numerous Regulated Institutions
  4. Investment and Hedge funds
  5. Corporate Financial Risk Management

Track Courses:

Required to Complete the Financial Engineering MS program:

  • 5 core courses, each 3 credits totaling 15 credits
  • Track-required courses totaling 7.5 credits
  • 1 required applied lab worth 1.5 credits
  • 6 credits of electives
  • 1 capstone experience of 3 credits
  • Capstone assessment (0 credits)
  • Bloomberg Certification (0 credits)

Total # of credits: 33

Students in the Risk Finance Track will be required to attend the following courses as well as select a set of courses to tailor their interest and their focus on financial risks management (whether quantitative and technology oriented or management focus)

** Recommended: Math Refresher in Probability and Statistics

7.5 credits are required from the following:

6 elective credits are also required. The following are recommendations:

Various special topics courses, as offered, including:

  • Extreme Risk &  Fractional Finance
  • Financial Cyber Risks Management
  • Topics in Real Time Trading & Risk Management   
  • Topics in Financial Risk Management    
  • Topics in Advanced Credit Risk and Derivatives   
  • Topics in Actuarial and Insurance Finance  
  • Topics in Financial Analytics and Big Data     
  • Topics in Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • Financial Risk Management and Incomplete Markets
  • Financial Risk Measurement