With the wide number of choices and career paths in the finance field, it can be challenging to identify which program works best for your needs. One of the greatest assets of our mix of degree and non-degree programs is that students can move through the curriculum in stages without committing to a master’s degree right away. More detailed information is available on the Degree and Certificate sections of our website.
The CFRM MS degree program is ideally suited for:
- Individuals who have completed an undergraduate or Master’s degree, with a strong academic record in a science or engineering field. This includes (but is not limited to) applied mathematics, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics, computer science or electrical engineering.
- MBA graduates with exceptionally strong quantitative and computational skills and an exceptionally strong academic record
- Finance professionals with several years of experience
The certificate programs are best suited for:
- Professionals that are interested in computational finance but cannot or do not wish to invest in the time or effort required in the degree program.
- Individuals wanting to test their knowledge or preparation for graduate study in quantitative or computational finance.
- The Quantitative Fundamentals certificate can bridge the gap between general university calculus coursework and the specialized field of quantitative finance.
- The Computational Finance certificate (but not QF Cert) can be used as a stepping stone into the MS program, including applying up to 12 credits toward the MS requirements. Students must obtain GNM status with the UW Graduate School before courses begin to preserve this option.
- Those with a complex personal investment portfolio they want to manage hands-on, or with interest in the field as a hobby, and who have very strong math backgrounds.