June 28, 2022

NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business Appoints Colin Slabach, PhD, CFP®, as Faculty Lead of its New MS in Financial Planning

Industry Veteran Will Welcome the Program’s Inaugural Cohort, Launching a Graduate-Level Program That Meets the Rising Demand for Financial Planners Who Can Address the Changing Dynamics of Personal Finance

New York, NYThe NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business is pleased to announce that Colin M. Slabach, PhD, CFP®, has been appointed as a clinical assistant professor and the faculty lead for its new 30-credit MS in Financial Planning, which will launch this fall. Slabach is an expert in financial planning, specializing in retirement planning and behavioral finance. His expertise will ground the MS in Financial Planning in the solid foundations of industry practice on which it was built, while promoting its innovative concentrations in Behavioral Finance and Financial Analytics.

"I am thrilled to have been selected as the faculty lead of this innovative NYU degree program, which will prepare individuals who seek to break into the financial industry, as well as those financial professionals who aspire to expand their knowledge in order to become full-comprehensive planners," said Slabach. "The MS in Financial Planning is perfect for early career financial planners, mid-career professionals, and career changers. The financial services profession is changing; advisors must gain the skills to meet the needs of clients who are more tech-savvy than ever and who are interested in ensuring their personal financial choices are both good for them and for society. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students this fall."

The program, which can be completed in as little as one year of full-time study, prepares students for financial planning jobs in wealth management practices such as registered independent advisory firms and settings like banks, investment firms, and insurance companies. As large numbers of financial professionals approach retirement, a financial advisor career will become a path that can provide a competitive salary and great satisfaction in helping others. Those interested in pursuing this career path will need a more well-rounded educational experience—one that explores numerous changes occurring in the profession and how to best address them.

"Colin Slabach will lead a team of top industry professionals who will teach in this innovative new program, sharing their knowledge of the industry, as well as the latest trends in financial planning," said Negar Farakish, EdD, PMP, NYU SPS Division of Programs in Business assistant dean and clinical associate professor. "We are very excited to launch the program with Colin at the helm, knowing that our students will benefit greatly from his deep expertise and his ability to bring key concepts and considerations to life through his dynamic style of teaching and wealth of knowledge."

NYU School of Professional Studies
For more than 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 22 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; financial planning; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; executive marketing and strategic communications, integrated marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS visit: sps.nyu.edu.


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