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Posted 5.1.08

Degree prepares students for immediate employer impact in nation’s fifth largest banking center

CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management is one of a select few schools in the country to offer an intensive MS Finance program that prepares students to make immediate and skilled contributions to their employers. The program, which can be completed in as little as nine to 12 months, is currently seeking top candidates for the upcoming fall semester.

As part of the MS Finance curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty, network with industry practitioners, participate in experiential learning opportunities, and personalize their class schedule to provide a solid foundation for professional designation exams such as the Chartered Financial Analysts, Certified Financial Planners, or the Financial Risk Management certification.

Program flexibility is an added bonus. Weatherhead’s modular design allows students to participate on a part-time basis. With the appropriate background, foundation classes can be waived and substituted with focused electives. Moreover, the School gives students the chance to complete an accelerated Weatherhead MBA since many MS Finance classes apply toward a business degree.

“We have an outstanding program here at Weatherhead. If you are an experienced professional with strong analytical skills, or an undergraduate management major, engineer, mathematician, or computer science major, we invite you to discover this program,” said Peter Ritchken, professor and department chair of Banking and Finance.

“There are so many energetic students with strong analytical skills who are unsure of what they want to do and who are searching for careers that allow them to further develop their strengths, allow them to fully understand the language of business, and provide them with opportunities to experience business. It is exciting to see how much our students develop in just one year. Not only do they develop analytical skills, but their ability as problem solvers and effective communicators—necessary conditions for success—is enhanced. As an educator, it is so rewarding to see their confidence soar as they experience success,” he added.

Weatherhead’s location in Cleveland also plays a prominent role in the MS Finance student experience. Home of a federal reserve bank, the city is the fifth largest banking center in the U.S. and provides a wealth of internships and networking opportunities.

For more information on Weatherhead’s MS Finance program, visit http://weatherhead.case.edu/finance/ or call 216.368.2031.

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