Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance

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.

This 11 credit program runs from Winter through Summer Quarter with late afternoon/early evening classes held Mondays through Fridays.

The Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance 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 will also receive 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.

Watch a 2 minute program overview video featuring Professor Konis



A Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance Certificate will be awarded to individuals who successfully complete the following three online courses during an intensive Summer Quarter from the MS-CFRM curriculum for a total of 11 credits:

  • CFRM 460 Mathematical Fundamentals for Quantitative Finance (3 credits)
  • CFRM 461 Probability and Statistics for Computational Finance (3 credits)
  • CFRM 462 Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics (5 credits)



The application can be found here.


Additional Curriculum Information


Kjell Konis and Eric Zivot



Students should have completed entry-level college calculus courses that include an introduction to multivariable differential calculus (the UW Mathematics Department courses MATH 124, 125 and 126  are good examples: see course descriptions); additional introductory mathematics and statistics coursework is desirable.


Credits:  11

NOTE:  The above courses also serve as preparatory courses to prepare students needing them as background study for the UW Applied Mathematics MS-CFRM.


Single Course Enrollment Applicants:

Each of the above courses can be taken on a single course enrollment (SCE) basis.