Quantitative Fundamentals Certificate

Quantitative Fundamentals Banner Offered online to members of the public and in the classroom to current UW undergraduates.
Learn more about the online experience for CFRM students.


This certificate program provides a comprehensive set of tools to support advanced studies in the area of quantitative finance, or to prepare for employment in the financial or investment industries. Students will master the mathematical, statistical and economics fundamentals necessary for advancement in financial professions today, and will develop a fundamental understanding of R programming via course utilization.

You can augment skills and knowledge gained from your degree study or professional experience with an additional area of focus. For undergraduate students, you can take care of some of your general education credits to earn a companion credential that complements your degree. Set yourself apart in the job market with this marker of professional readiness.

For students not currently seeking a degree from UW, the Quantitative Fundamentals  Certificate is administered and awarded by Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) at the University of Washington.

For matriculated UW students: once you have successfully completed all the certificate courses, they will appear on your transcript just like your other UW courses and count as regular credits. You may also request a certificate in the mail from PCE recognizing your successful completion of the program. You may list this certificate on your resume. The certificate itself will not appear on your transcript.


Students interested in preparing for more advanced CFRM study or with a desire to enhance their computer modeling of these concepts can enroll in CFRM 425 for an introduction to R programming.  CFRM 425 is not required to earn the QFCF certificate.

Beginning in Autumn 2017, the QF certificate will be offered in four, 3-credit courses for a total of 12 credits:

  • CFRM 405: Mathematical Fundamentals for Quantitative Finance
  • CFRM 410: Probability and Statistics for Computational Finance
  • CFRM 415: Foundations of Computational Finance (new course)
  • CFRM 420: Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics

Through the Winter 2017 program, a Quantitative Fundamentals Certificate was awarded to individuals who successfully completed former courses CFRM 460, 461, 462. The revised program has been restructured for a broader audience to include a more thorough introduction to the financial industry.


The QF Certificate spans 11 months, beginning in late September and finishing in mid-August. Certificate students are not required to attend the live online lectures; recordings will be posted on the course website to review on demand.  Assignments are due weekly.

WINTER 2017 startTermDatesLive Lecture Times
CFRM 460Winter 2017Jan 3 - Mar 17, 2017M/W/F 3:30 - 4:50pm
CFRM 461Spring 2017Mar 27 - Jun 9, 2017M/W/F 3:30 - 4:50pm
CFRM 462Summer 2017Jun - Aug 2017TBA
AUTUMN 2017 Start:
CFRM 405Autumn 2017Sep - Dec 2017TBA
CFRM 410Winter 2018Jan - Mar 2018TBA
CFRM 415Spring 2018Apr - Jun 2018TBA
CFRM 420Summer 2018Jun - Aug 2018TBA


Students should have completed university-level college calculus courses that include an introduction to multivariable differential calculus and linear algebra (equivalent to UW MATH 124, 125 and 126: see course descriptions) and an undergraduate-level statistics course (e.g., UW STAT 311); additional introductory mathematics and statistics coursework is desirable.  AP credit or “Calculus for Business” and similar survey courses are not adequate preparation.

Other than current UW undergraduates, non-matriculated certificate students must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Program Costs

UW undergraduate students should enroll through MyUW; the course fees below do not apply to current undergrads enrolling in the classroom sections of CFRM 460-462. You will pay regular UW tuition and have access to your normal financial aid package if applicable.

For students not currently enrolled as UW undergraduates, QF course fees are $500 per credit, with the complete QF certificate priced at $5,500.

Course fees do not include UW mandatory fees assessed on a quarterly basis, such as registration and student technology fees.  Course fees also exclude textbooks.  The all-inclusive price is approximately $6,300.

Financial aid is not available through CFRM or UW for non-degree programs, except for MS students required to take courses on a preparatory basis, who may be eligible for federal student aid.  Outside scholarships, employer reimbursement, or private student loans may be used to cover expenses.

QF coursework is not transferable to the MS degree; obtaining GNM status offers no benefit for courses in the QF certificate program.

Applying to the QF Certificate

Begin your application today!