This year marks a number of exciting developments and milestones for the CFRM program. In September, we welcomed our largest ever cohort of 42 students for our on-campus MS-CFRM program. We also launched our new online graduate certificate in Financial Data Analytics (FDA). Our first FDA certificate cohort includes students working full-time at companies such as The Boeing Company and The World Bank. In expanding our certificate offerings, we expect our courses to reach more and more working professionals worldwide who are interested in quantitative finance.
Back home in Seattle, CFRM continues to collaborate with the local finance industry and professional societies such as the CFA Society, CAIA, and SAIA. As featured in the UW Daily, we have been gearing up our efforts to connect with the Seattle fintech industry and to educate our students, by adding a course about fintech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. We are also expanding our footprint to neighboring regions and across the country, such as attending the CFA Society of Vancouver Annual Economic Forecast Dinner, as well as a number of local and national conferences.
Looking forward, our CFRM graduate program will soon be augmented by a new undergraduate major in Computational Finance and Risk Management, in addition to the existing CFRM minor, starting next academic year. Together, these programs will provide more opportunities for the growing number of students interested in computational finance and risk management.