Dr. Dandan Wu, Assistant Professor of Finance, joined the School of Business faculty at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Dr. Wu earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University and taught corporate finance there before coming to Saint Rose. She is originally from Shenzhen, China, the city where the stock market of China originated.
Dr. Wu began teaching her first graduate level class, Managerial Finance, this Spring 2012 semester. She says that the design of the graduate business programs provides unique flexibility in terms of how a student can complete the degree program. For MBA students, the program can be pursued full-time or part-time, in one or two years of study. The Master of Science in Accounting degree is a 30-credit hour program designed to satisfy certain requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Both programs offer day and evening classes.
For those interested in pursuing the MBA or MS in Accounting, Dr. Wu suggests that students should adjust their mindset for graduate study. “A graduate student should be more independent and be ready to take initiation in learning. Subjects in business are diverse. One should aim at gaining solid understanding of all of them and also being exceptionally knowledgeable in one subject area,” she explains, “For MBA students, knowing clearly what your subject of interest is will be especially important. Graduate programs can be hectic and knowing what you want to learn about enables you to use your time and energy wisely.”
As a new faculty member, Dr. Wu says the most impressive experience she has had in her seven months at Saint Rose has been observing how dedicated her colleagues are to teaching. “As a newcomer, I am motivated and inspired everyday to work harder to become a good member of the teaching community. I know that this is not the case at all colleges and universities, and I deeply appreciate being in a group of people who are passionate and devoted to education” she says.
Dr. Wu also hopes to share her passion for finance in the classroom. “I always believe that finance is a key piece of knowledge that can reduce the unnatural inequality among people. Therefore, I hope that I will gain more experience with teaching finance and Saint Rose is a perfect place to do that.”
Are you interested in the MBA or MS in Accounting program? Dr. Wu suggests that applicants contact course instructors before beginning the program to ask for advice on how to prepare for courses and familiarize yourself with the resources at Saint Rose and in Albany for graduate students.
The Fall 2012 preferred application deadline for both the MBA and Accounting programs is June 1. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please call Graduate Admissions at 518-454-5143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.