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Asset Management Education - October 26, 2012

PhD in Finance welcomes new class


Thirteen new executive track participants joined the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance programme earlier this month. During the first of their four residential weeks for the year, participants in the entering class of October 2012 attended the first half of two of their core courses and took part in their first monthly research workshop.

This new class is very diverse with four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America) and twelve nationalities represented. About half the students are based in North America and one-third in Europe. The average age of the participants is forty-two, and participants average sixteen years of professional experience.

Over half of the candidates work for asset or wealth managers (46% and 8% respectively), approximately a quarter are in the corporate and investment banking field (23%), 15% work for software companies, and a further 8% for other financial services providers.

With 62% of the entering class represented by senior professionals, the proportion is at an all time high: 23% are at the head of their organisation, 15% are partners or principals, and another 23% head units. The remaining participants are portfolio managers (15%) or hold intermediate positions in investment research and risk management (23%).

These practitioners have solid academic backgrounds with just under half holding first degrees in science and engineering (46%), about a quarter in economics (23%), and 15% in accounting, business, political sciences or liberal arts.

All but one of the participants have graduate degrees, and one participant holds a PhD. 69% have graduate degrees in engineering or applied science and 31% in finance. 46% of the candidates hold MBAs or comparable degrees, half of which (23%) are specialised in finance.

The participants in this year’s entering class have studied in prestigious institutions such as Bocconi University, Boston College, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago (Booth), Concordia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Ecole Centrale de Paris, London Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University (Stern), University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), University of Southern California, and University of Tokyo.

The average/median Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in the class are 693/695, with a range of 640-760.

These experienced practitioners typically embark on the course to take a step towards senior positions in finance or, when they already hold such positions, to acquire skills that will help them steer their organisations in new directions. The programme enables participants to develop their finance expertise and work with leading specialists on research at the heart of the concerns of their organisations.

Forthcoming programme presentations will be held in London (November 15 & 16), Frankfurt (November 20), Amsterdam (November 21), Zurich (November 22), and Hong Kong (November 27 & 28).

To reserve your place, to receive our brochure, or to learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, please contact Brigitte Bogaerts at brigitte.bogaerts@edhec-risk.com or on +33 493 183 267 or +65 64 389 896.

The next deadline for application is 17 December, 2012 (February 2013 admission for the Asia-based programme, and October 2013 admission for the Europe-based programme).