Financial Mathematics Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics delves into sophisticated mathematical techniques to prepare students to analyze problems arising from financial economics. Students learn, for example, how to use stochastic processes and partial differential equations to study stock markets and to price financial derivatives.
The program is ideal for students interested in careers with a heavy emphasis on analytics methods and quantitative skills, as well as those planning to pursue graduate programs in economics or finance.
Application Deadline: July 1 (fall admission); November 1 (spring admission)
Many of the courses that make up this program are theoretical rather than computational. Those with no prior exposure to mathematical proofs may want to take a basic proof-oriented course before enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to consult the certificate program director on this point.
We recommend meeting with the certificate program director for guidance on the program, including planning a possible program of study. The program of study is an informal plan that can help ensure that the courses you take meet your interests and match the department's long-term course rotation plan (PDF).
This program consists of four graduate-level courses: two required courses and two electives.
|MATH 6201||Real Analysis I|
|MATH 6441||Introduction to Financial Mathematics|
|MATH 6442||Stochastic Calculus Methods in Finance|
|One of the following:|
|MATH 6202||Real Analysis II|
|MATH 6214||Measure and Integration Theory|
|MATH 6318||Applied Mathematics I|
|MATH 6330||Ordinary Differential Equations|
|MATH 6522||Introduction to Numerical Analysis|
Alternate courses may be selected in consultation with the certificate program advisor.
If it is academically appropriate and fits a student's career goals, the department may approve variations to the program requirements. For instance, in place of one of the standard options, a different course in mathematics or in a related field (e.g., statistics or economics) may be accepted.
Students in a certificate program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. No course in which a grade below 2.0 is earned will count toward the certificate. All requirements must be completed within a three-year period, unless an exception is granted by the department.
Certificate Completion Process
During their final semester, certificate students must fill out a Certificate Completion Form (PDF) to declare candidacy. Find due dates for certificate completion on the Registrar's website. A student must be registered for the semester or summer session immediately prior to the certificate completion date, and must complete all requirements by the last day of final exams for that semester or summer session.