4+1 Bachelor/Master's Degree Option for MSFRM
Advantages of the 4+1 MSFRM include
  • $97K average starting salary is 64% higher than with a bachelor's degree only.
  • Save $9,000 with two courses waived for UConn business undergraduates.
  • Master's degree from a Research 1, AACSB-accredited School of Business
  • GMAT/GRE waived for Fall 2021!
  • No additional undergraduate courses
  • FinTech & Programming language learning workshops free of cost
  • Scholarships available!
  • Alumni networking opportunities
  • 2 Corporate Outreach and Career Service Specialists focused solely on MSFRM students to help guide your career path
  • Curriculum was developed by our faculty and finance executives on our Board of Advisors.
  • Experiential Learning Requirement and Capstone Projects ensure you graduate with hands-on financial risk management work experience.
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In the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, we asked various C-suite professionals, “What is your next greatest need?” The unanimous reply: trained professionals who could foresee and manage the risks associated with their firms. In response, the finance department, in coordination with a Board of Advisors to represent industry needs, created the Master’s in Financial Risk Management (MSFRM). A STEM-designated program, the MSFRM is designed to teach students how to identify, mitigate, and manage various types of financial and operational risk.


The MSFRM program provides a unique blend of theory and practice, designed for current or future financial professionals who will develop and direct investment strategies and/or manage the financial risk of firms, institutions, and private clients. The theoretical component is analytical and quantitative, and supported by a rich blend of practical application which culminates in capstone projects assigned to students. The overall curriculum is evaluated annually to include relevant and emerging topics, garnering input from faculty, professionals and our Board of Advisors.


Tapping into the insights and perspectives of those practicing risk management, faculty teaching is augmented by experienced professionals who bring their knowledge and real-life experiences to the classroom. This unique blend of theory and practical application gives the MSFRM program meaningful value and appeal to your workplace and in career advancement.


UConn’s MSFRM Program is affiliated with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), has contact with Stamford, Connecticut’s GARP Professional Chapter, and is one of only 50 schools worldwide with a University GARP Chapter. MSFRM graduates are prepared to take the GARP Financial Risk Management (FRM®) Exam.


The 4+1 sequence delivers the MSFRM experience in 12 months. Students may elect to add a 9-credit optional concentration in Quantitative Methods in Risk Management, which takes an additional semester to complete.* 4+1 students on an F or J visa are not eligible to take the Quantitative Methods in Risk Management Concentration. These students should consider applying for the traditional, full-time MSFRM program. Students who elect to take this extra semester take 19 months to complete the program.


FNCE 5312 Financial Institutions
FNCE 5313 Financial Risk Modeling I
FNCE 5341 Financial Risk Management III – Credit Risk


FNCE 5321 Financial Risk Modeling II
FNCE 5322 Financial Risk Management I – Equity Markets
FNCE 5332 Financial Risk Management II – Fixed Income Markets


FNCE 5331 Financial Risk Modeling III
FNCE 5323 Advanced Issues and Applications in Risk Management I -- Seminar
FNCE 5343 Legal & Ethical Issues in Risk Management
FNCE 5344 Advanced Issues and Applications in Risk Management III -- Capstone **

* The optional concentration is only offered during the spring semester at the Stamford campus. 
* Capstone projects, which begin in the spring semester, are graded as part of the Capstone course in summer.


University of Connecticut undergraduate students, at all campuses, are welcome to apply to the MSFRM 4+1 Program. This program is only open to students currently enrolled at UConn campuses. This is a highly quantitative program recommended for students majoring in finance, financial management, actuarial sciences, mathematics, statistics, economics, engineering, or other business and STEM majors.


Applications open in September. 4+1 MSFRM students are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the first semester of their senior year. For final application deadline, please refer to grad.business.uconn.edu/deadlines


  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA1
  • 54 credits completed
  • UConn Business, STEM, or other related major

1 Waives GMAT/GRE requirement (only for majors in business, engineering, economics, mathematics, or statistics).
Individuals with less than a 3.0 GPA will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Adriana Turkson ’20 (ENG) during her computer engineering class in the United Technology Engineering Building on Sept. 19, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
(Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)


Podcast Fast Track Your Finance Career Why Choose UConn? with Academic Advisor Jose Aponte and current MSFRM student Spencer Senior Listen Now

Fast Track Your Finance Career - Why Choose UConn MSFRM?

with Academic Advisor Jose Aponte and current MSFRM student Spencer Senior
UConn School of Business Advisor, Jose Aponte, shares program details and then we interview current MSFRM student, Spencer Senior, who shares his experiences in and out of the classroom. Learn how you can reach your career goals through UConn's Master of Science in Financial Risk Management (MSFRM). Listen to the Podcast


If you would like more information or have any questions please contact:


Cheri Dondero

Admissions & Program Coordinator
Risk Management Programs


Laurissa Berk

Associate Director
Risk Management Programs

International Students

JiaJia Chen

International Program Manager
Risk Management Programs