Freeman launches master of finance program in Beijing

July 18, 2014 10:00 AM

Mark Miester

The A. B. Freeman School of Business has partnered with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, one of the premier academic institutions in China, to establish a new international master’s program for finance professionals.

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has been called the top think tank in Asia. (Photo from the A. B. Freeman School of Business)

The Tulane-CASS Professional Master of Finance program is an 18-month 34-credit post-experience master’s program targeted at individuals in government, banking, finance, insurance and other industries. Unlike the Freeman School’s New Orleans Master of Finance program, a one-year pre-experience program, the Tulane-CASS Professional MFIN is aimed at working professionals in Beijing.

“It’s a different market altogether,” says John M. Trapani III, Martin F. Schmidt Chair of International Finance and executive director of the Goldring Institute of International Business. “We’re training people who are already in financial market positions, so the curriculum has been tweaked to reflect that.”

The program is taught jointly by faculty from the Freeman School and CASS, a government institution dedicated to research and public policy that Foreign Policy magazine called the top think tank in Asia.

Freeman School faculty will travel to Beijing this summer to teach four courses at CASS, and the students will travel to New Orleans in December to take two additional classes at the Freeman School. The rest of the program will be taught in China by CASS faculty. The inaugural class features 27 students.

Tulane is one of a handful of U.S. business schools to offer degree programs approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

“This is a big deal,” says Trapani. “The Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences is so powerful and so influential in government, they were able to help us get approval very quickly. Most schools in the U.S. would do almost anything to have a Ministry of Education-approved program.”

The Freeman School also offers an international MFIN program in Latin America in partnership with Universidad Francisco Marroquin and IESA Panama.

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