Quantitative Finance

Fuse your mathematical skills with a strategic understanding of business decision-making.

Do you have a strong math background and want to work in financial services and related industries? Our MSF Quantitative Finance track (MSFQ) has a more technical focus for students like you.

This three-semester, 17-month program holds a STEM designation for its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

What You'll Study

No matter which finance track you choose, your coursework will cover valuation, portfolio theory, derivative securities, and financial statement analysis.

The MSFQ courses will help you develop a skill set similar to a Financial Engineering program. And, you’ll have the opportunity to work at an internship between your second and third semesters. Some courses specific to this track include:

  • Data Analysis for Investments
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Quantitative Risk Management
  • Mathematical Finance

For a detailed look at the 2016–17 curriculum, download the MSFQ Curriculum and Course Descriptions (PDF).

After Graduation

When you graduate with a MSFQ from WashU, you’ll be career-ready. Our graduates typically find analyst and specialist jobs in:

  • Asset management
  • Risk management
  • Capital markets and research

In fact, 94% of our MSFQ students seeking employment accepted a job within three months after graduation in 2016, with an average annual salary of $72,500. For more details, check out the SMP Employment Statistics (PDF).

Abhishek Rane | MSFQ

“For me, the program had the right balance of computer science, math, and finance. My skills were enhanced in a big way.”

Read Abhishek's Story