Yale School of Management has announced a new degree program for students focused on asset management. The new one-year program will result in a Master of Management Studies degree, with the first class enrolling in fall of 2020.
Tobias Moskowitz, a Yale SOM finance professor, will act as the program’s faculty director. According to Moskowitz, the program will cover a combination of must-know fundamentals, newer quantitative techniques, and ethical topics related to investing.
Students in the program will take 18 courses running from August to May. Classes will meet only between Thursday evening and Saturday. During the rest of the week, Yale SOM says students can work in the industry, take additional Yale classes, or pursue research projects.
Yale’s press release characterized the program as ideal for those “who want to understand the application of data, statistical, mathematical and economic frameworks in the investment industry.”
The program is intended for applicants with under three years of work experience. Yale says that some scholarships are available, particularly for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Besides Yale SOM faculty, the Yale Investment Office has also been involved in developing the program. The office’s senior director and chief investment officer will both teach in the program.
Edward Snyder, Yale SOM’s dean, said the program was intended to draw on the school’s “deep connections with asset managers.” In that vein, one of the sample courses listed for the program is an Asset Colloquium, bringing in four to five lecturers each semester.
The launch of the new Master’s in Asset Management is good news for students in Yale’s other MBA and Master’s programs, who can take advantage of the new asset management courses. Similarly, students in the asset management program will benefit from some courses in other degree programs.
In this sense, the new program seems to represent a deepening of asset management offerings for students across Yale SOM. Accordingly, Yale SOM’s press release explained that the new Master’s would “extend the reach of the school’s mission.”
For students interested in asset management, this news might put Yale more firmly on the radar. So what does it take to gain admission to a highly competitive business school like Yale SOM?
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