Global Association of Risk Professionals Partners With Tulane University to Launch Comprehensive Risk Management Graduate Program; Students Pursue Masters Degree While Preparing for FRM Examinations

Nov 02, 2009, 10:36 ET from The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP, announced that, working through its Partnership for Risk Education, it has formed a unique collaboration with Tulane University's A. B. Freeman School of Business to launch the first graduate program in financial risk management that awards a Masters Degree while preparing students to take the Financial Risk Manager (FRM(R)) examinations for FRM certification.

GARP's FRM certification is the globally recognized benchmark for expertise in financial risk management. As a fundamental component of Tulane's one-year Master of Risk Management program, preparing for the FRM exams will play a vital role in readying future risk managers to meet the challenges of an evolving financial landscape.

In addition to incorporating GARP's FRM curriculum as part of its graduate program, Tulane will establish a GARP university chapter and become a testing site for the FRM exam. Applications for admission to the program are currently being accepted by Tulane, with introductory classes beginning in December via the internet and resuming on campus in January.

Dr. Chris Donohue, Managing Director and Head of the GARP Research Center, said, "GARP is very excited to have Tulane University's Freeman School of Business as a member of the GARP Partnership for Risk Education, a select group of institutions dedicated to advancing risk management through education. GARP's Academic Outreach team has thoroughly reviewed the structure and content of Tulane's Master of Risk Management program and feel that its offers a rigorous course of study that will prepare its graduates well for a career in risk management."

Bill Sandefer, Director of Graduate Admissions for the Freeman School, said, "Tulane is excited to have a leading edge Risk Management program in place. GARP has been a great planning partner for the curriculum and will be a great strategic partner organization for the school and our students. Financial risk management has emerged as a critically important task for every organization. Tulane is committed to providing innovative, career enriching, programs that have immediate business application. The GARP FRM certification validates a world-class level of expertise."

About The Global Association of Risk Professionals

The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) is a not-for-profit independent association of over 100,000 risk management practitioners and researchers representing banks, investment management firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and corporations from more than 167 countries worldwide. It also administers the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification recognized by financial risk professionals worldwide, and, in conjunction with the American Petroleum Institute, established the Energy Risk Professional (ERP) certification. As the leading professional association for risk managers, GARP's mission is to advance the risk profession through education, training and the promotion of best practices globally.

About Tulane University and The A. B, Freeman School of Business

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University was founded in 1824 and is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Tulane's schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine.

The A. B. Freeman School of Business is the only nationally ranked business school in the Gulf South. Freeman offers programs including Master of Risk Management, Bachelor of Science in Management, Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Management, Master of Global Management and Doctor of Philosophy. The Freeman School also offers Executive MBA, Professional MBA and Master of Finance programs at its satellite campus in Houston, and Executive MBA and faculty development Ph.D. programs with partner institutions in countries including Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan and Venezuela.

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