The City University of New York’s Baruch College Launches Innovative, Flexible Executive Master’s Degree in Finance in Mumbai, India

First-of-Its-Kind Degree Program from College’s Acclaimed Zicklin School of Business Launches in Collaboration with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Think Education

New York, NY – September 1, 2017 The flagship business school within The City University of New York (CUNY), the largest and most renowned urban university system in the United States, Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, is launching a first-of-its-kind, convenient, affordable, and accelerated Executive Master’s Degree in Finance (EMSF) in Mumbai, India, in September 2017.

This groundbreaking, fully accredited U.S. degree program delivered in Mumbai for only $15,000 USD will be hosted by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its state-of-the-art facility at The Ruby in Dadar (West), Mumbai, in collaboration with Think Education Advisory Services.

Designed specifically for busy professionals who seek to fast-track their career success, the EMSF uses a highly convenient, weekends-only modular format that allows students to earn their Master of Science  degree (MS) in as few as 10 or 11 months, or longer, if needed. As in New York City, the program in Mumbai is entirely taught by the world-class New York City‒based faculty of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, the largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States.

After completing the identical program that is offered in New York City and future program locations around the world, students in Mumbai will earn the same MS in Finance awarded by Baruch College, which is based in the heart of New York City within easy reach of Wall Street, Times Square, Midtown, and the global headquarters of major companies. Indian students are required to complete one course module in New York City and have the option for more.

“Baruch College is excited to make Zicklin’s graduate education accessible to executives in Mumbai, in India, and around the world, who do not live in New York City and whose full lives do not align with traditional program schedules,” said Dr. H. Fenwick Huss, the Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. “These talented executives fully understand that advancing their learning greatly enhances the opportunities to further advance their careers. Given the rigorous work responsibilities managed by today’s professionals, we understand that a master’s degree program must fit into demanding schedules and, at the same time, deliver an exceptional education.”

Dr. Huss has long been recognized for his leadership in business education. Before coming to the Zicklin School of Business as dean, he launched a global MBA program, in which students studied on four continents. He has also assisted universities in Russia, Ukraine, and Sub-Saharan Africa in restructuring their business programs and has lectured extensively on the topic of business information needs in the People’s Republic of China.

“In every way, this new program exemplifies how executive degree programs will evolve in the future,” said Dr. Huss. “Right now, professionals in India, and anyone within reach of Mumbai or New York City, won’t have to wait for that future; the Zicklin School of Business is delivering just such a forward-thinking program now.”

 Modular Makes the Difference

 The EMSF breaks the mold of the typical classroom-centric, rigid program structure. Instead, this new Zicklin School of Business degree program is specifically student-centered and will consist of 10 course modules, each of which is a single course completed over only two consecutive weekends in the classroom. All additional coursework takes place before and after the classroom sessions, supported by an online platform that allows faculty-supervised individual and group work.

Students complete three initial required modules in Mumbai and travel to Zicklin’s New York City campus to take one course of their choosing, with at least three options available to students who want the fastest path to completion. The remaining modules can be completed, based on availability, in Mumbai or New York City, at the student’s pace.  Tuition and fees for one New York City course are included in the total program cost.

“This flexible format allows a student to complete the EMSF in as few as 11 months—or up to 36 months if needed, depending on individual preferences and also to fit seamlessly into busy work schedules,” said Dr. Huss.

Global Perspective, Opportunity, and Networking

 According to Dr. Huss, the EMSF program will give students a global perspective and an opportunity for global learning experiences, locally and at other program locations. The Zicklin School of Business faculty teach from a global perspective that is threaded throughout the carefully constructed curriculum.

In addition to completing the classroom study for one or more modules in New York City, students in Mumbai can collaborate virtually with their peers in New York City to expand professional networks and broaden business insights. Upon graduation, all Executive MS degree recipients, wherever they studied, are full CUNY alumni.  Additionally, graduates become members of Baruch College’s roster of more than 135,000 alumni—a truly global network of professionals residing in the New York State metropolitan areas and across the world.

 India-Based Collaborations

Classes will be held at the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its fully equipped facility at The Ruby, Dadar (West), Mumbai’s centrally located area. Established in 1836, the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the oldest chambers in the country with several thousand members from Services, Manufacturing, and Agriculture. Throughout its 181-year history, the Chamber has played a significant role in the development of business from its base in Mumbai.

“Since its founding, the Chamber has provided continuous service (which include new constructs) to trade and industry,” said Director General Vijay Srirangan. “This legacy, along with our ongoing commitment to encouraging business education for corporate executives in India, positions the Chamber as an ideal collaborator with Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business for its new EMSF degree program.”

In addition to the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Zicklin is also collaborating with Think Education (TE) Advisory Services, one of India’s leading strategic education solutions enterprises supporting the development of unique partnerships in the education sector. The firm works with leading universities and governments worldwide. For Zicklin, TE has been instrumental in positioning the EMSF for the business market in India. TE is bringing its extensive network of corporate relationships to help generate awareness of the EMSF and will lead the local delivery of student services and coordination with the Zicklin team in New York City.

“Think Education is delighted to help The City University of New York launch its first program in India,” said Aditya Malkani, managing partner at TE.” We are pleased to be creating access in Mumbai to a high-quality U.S. master’s degree at an extremely attractive price. Zicklin is offering a truly special program that includes a robust classroom component taught by NYC-based faculty who travel to Mumbai for this program in a format that is convenient for working managers and professionals.”

New York City‒Based, Global Reach

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s leading urban public university, located throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and serving more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. Founded in 1847, CUNY comprises numerous institutions, schools, and colleges, including Baruch College, which is one of the university’s 11 senior colleges.

Baruch College has a more-than-150-year history of excellence in public higher education, with its Zicklin School of Business being the largest school. With a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages, the College continually receives among the top rankings for high academic quality and best value from such prominent organizations as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes, and Money magazine. The College’s success in providing upward income mobility for students has been recently noted in the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal featured the unprecedented success of Baruch’s financial trading club at international competitions, beating such premier schools as Harvard and Yale Universities. The College’s faculty are among the most distinguished and widely recognized in their fields, combining outstanding academic credentials with significant real-world and industry experience.

Baruch College has an alumni network of more than 135,000 people, with a significant number of graduates living overseas.

With its graduates known to be New York smart and world-class ready, the Zicklin School of Business is a recognized leader in providing undergraduate and graduate business and executive education for the 21st century. Consistently rated by rankings experts among the top performers in areas relevant to today’s students, such as academic excellence, diversity, and value, Zicklin offers a wide range of part-time and full-time business degree programs that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), taught by faculty who are thought leaders and active researchers and practitioners in their fields. Integrated both physically and philosophically into the fabric of New York City, the world’s financial capital, the Zicklin School is committed to delivering relevant, affordable, academically rigorous business education globally that is world-class in quality and worldwide in its impact.

For more information about Zicklin’s EMSF program in Mumbai, go here.