About CFRM

The Computational Finance & Risk Management program, including its graduate degree, certificate, workshop, and seminar offerings, is a self-sustaining interdisciplinary offering at the University of Washington.  We are one branch of the Department of Applied Mathematics, and work closely with the Department of Economics and the Foster School of Business.

Core Values

Diversity: Courses cover a broad array of topics that allow students to become well versed in the worlds of finance, risk management, and computing.

Rigor: Instructors and peers expect students to commit to the intellectual investment by devoting themselves to learning the theory and practice of quantitative finance and financial risk management, assuring a depth of understanding and competitive candidates upon graduation.

Interdisciplinary approach: Combined support from multiple departments enables students to gain advanced knowledge in applied mathematics, economics, statistics, finance, and computing.

Adaptability: Students are encouraged to provide feedback to instructors and courses. Constructive criticism has resulted in curriculum that is better adapted to the requirements of both the market and the student.

Global Citizenship: CFRM’s educational environment strengthens the emerging demographics in the financial services community by placing an emphasis on gender balance, cultural diversity, and an international focus that helps to produce global citizens aware of their impact and that of their profession on the world.

Practicality: Providing ties to the finance industry including instruction from finance industry professionals, seminars on trends and relevant topics, and special on-site events keeps the student experience rooted in the real world.

Accessibility: Using online learning technologies to support students participating remotely, as well as for the supplemental use of classroom students, helps to extend access to students in the broadest way possible.

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