The UW Department of Applied Mathematics, Computational Finance & Risk Management Program, in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education, offers certificates for working professionals seeking advanced knowledge and modern skills to advance their career in Computational Finance. Courses in the Computational Finance certificate are a subset of the MS-CF&RM degree and are offered online using the latest distance learning technologies.

  • The Computational Finance Certificate program is 3 quarters in duration starting in autumn and ending in spring. Students take one 2 credit course in September, and one 4 credit course each quarter.
  • The Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance Certificate program is an intense 3 course undergraduate certificate program (classroom and online format) that is designed for students who wish to prepare for a graduate degree in Computational Finance & Risk Management, Financial Engineering, Mathematical Finance, and/or Quantiative Finance. It is also ideal for students who might already be employed in the financial sector but are seeking to refresh or update their skills. Available starting winter quarter or summer quarter.

Credits are awarded by the University of Washington. Students seeking to apply credits for further graduate degree study are encouraged to register for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status (Computational Finance Certificate only). Up to 12 UW credits earned in the graduate certificate program may be applied to future graduate degree programs at the UW. The certificates are administered and awarded by Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) at the University of Washington.

Other Certificate Information

Pursue a MS-CFRM degree with graduate credit from the Computational Finance certificate. Upon successful completion of the certificate program courses and acceptance into the MS-CFRM program, students will be able to transfer up to 12 certificate credits toward the MS degree.

If you are considering this option, you must apply for UW Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status at the same time you apply to the certificate program. Details are provided in the Graduate Non-Matriculated Application.

Finance industry professionals and other students taking a course in one of the Certificate programs, possibly on a single course enrollment (SCE) basis, may wish to take the course on a pass or fail basis. Such students may elect to have a course graded S/NS by paying a $20 fee at the time of registering for the course or until approximately the 8th week of the course. For option details please see Nontraditional Grading Options.

NOTE: This option is not recommended for students with GNM status who intend to pursue the MS-CFRM degree. Numeric grades are required for courses whose credit is to be applied toward the MS degree.