The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business

Risk Management PhD Program

The Department of Risk Management and IRES are pleased to welcome two new Ph.D. students that are joining our program this fall.  Mr. Gregory Wommer joins us with a BS in Finance from LaSalle University.  Before deciding to join the Penn State PhD program, Greg worked in the operations side of Morgan Stanley.  Ms. Thao Le joins us with a BS and MS degree in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore.  Thao is originally from Vietnam and also worked in the real estate industry in Singapore.  We are excited that Greg and Thao decided to join us.
The Ph.D. program is designed to train the next generation of university professors.  Students pursuing a Ph.D. have committed to a 4-to-5-year program of study that consists of 2-years of graduate level courses in real estate, economics, finance, statistics and econometrics followed by 2 or 3-years of research leading to the writing of a dissertation.  In addition, Ph.D. students are expected to work as research and teaching assistants during their time in the program.

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