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Baruch College to Launch Executive Master's Degree in Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Valuation

New Program for Working Professionals Set for Sept. 2008

New York, NY – April 1, 2008 –Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business is introducing a new Executive Master’s Degree with a specialization in Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Assessment. (EMS-FSA). The program, aimed at working professionals, will provide students with a thorough knowledge of financial statements, internal operations, and risk assessment.

According to academic director Al Ghosh, a professor in Baruch’s Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, the program is designed to prepare executives looking for career advancing opportunities in commercial banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, brokerage firms, and rating agencies.

“Considering the current turbulence in financial markets, the need for highly trained individuals in the analyses of financial statements and the valuation of securities is acute. This program has been planned to help working professionals gain a deeper understanding of financial disclosures while demystifying the numbers,” Ghosh said.

The EMS-FSA program will provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of financial markets and the valuation of assets by combining subject matter included in financial reporting and analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management, investments, risk management, statistics, and economics. Individuals with a wide variety of academic backgrounds are eligible and invited to apply.

Classes will be held on Saturdays, plus one evening a week, to accommodate the busy lives of working professionals. A total of 32 to 33 credits is required in a curriculum Ghosh describes as “rigorous and fast-paced.”

Information sessions for the EMS-FSA will be held at Baruch College on April 17, May 9, and June 10. For additional information or to register, phone 646.312.3100 or email

Zane Berzins
News Director

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