Our non-degree programs have somewhat relaxed requirements and standards compared to the MS program. As a result, these programs are attractive for students preparing for a future graduate degree or who were unsuccessful in their CFRM MS applications.
Each course or certificate program listed on this website includes information on prerequisites. These are minimum requirements established by our faculty for students to have a fair chance of success in the course. The skills required should be recent and complete such that you retain a full working knowledge of the subject. Completion of a relevant course 10+ years ago, AP credit from a high school calculus course, basic “survey” courses or “calculus for business” classes do not constitute adequate preparation.
Prereqs exist for your benefit, not that of the CFRM program. Dated or inadequate preparation results in students failing to complete the coursework or struggling beyond the level of a reasonable intellectual challenge.
Applicants to a CFRM certificate program should prepare a one-page letter of application and provide a current resume and detailed academic history, including transcripts. No test scores or recommendation letters are required. International students do not require any kind of visa, as the certificate programs are fully online. Please apply on the CFRM website directly.
Students who are approved to enroll will be given instructions on how to complete the PCE application and registration process. Admitted students in the Computational Finance certificate (not the Quantitative Fundamentals certificate) who wish to reserve the option to apply up to 12 credits toward the CFRM MS at a later date should complete a GNM application with the UW Graduate School.
Single Course Study
Please determine which course(s) you want to take and follow the instructions on the application page below (or via the “Apply Now!” link on the main menu). As a reminder, applicants must meet all prerequisites for the certificate as well as the specific course. SCE applications are used for CFRM 405/410/415/420/425/501/502/503, and GNM applications are required for any other course.