Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics

The aim of this certificate program is to strengthen the mathematical backgrounds of students by teaching sophisticated mathematical techniques to analyze problems arising from financial economics. Examples include the use of stochastic processes and partial differential equations to study stock markets and to price financial derivatives. Graduates will be well positioned to advance careers in public, private, and governmental financial institutions with a heavy emphasis on analytic methods and quantitative skills. This program is also ideal for those planning to pursue graduate programs in economics or finance and who wish to supplement their mathematical training.

Four graduate courses make up this program. If it is appropriate academically and fits a student's career goals, the department may approve mild variations in the Program Requirements. For instance, in place of one of the standard options, we may accept a different course in mathematics or in a related field (e.g., statistics or economics).

The courses that make up this program are part of our regular graduate offerings. As much as possible, the department will schedule these courses around the lunch hour or after 5 p.m. for the convenience of those in the program.

Application Requirements

  • BA or BS degree from an accredited institution
  • Math 2233 (Multi-Variable Calculus) and Math 2184 (Linear Algebra I), or equivalent course work
  • Official copies of all undergraduate transcripts,
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and one letter of recommendation from a professor in a quantitative field
  • $80 application fee.

NOTE: Neither GRE scores nor statements of purpose will be required. TOEFL requirements will follow GW policy. In the event that an applicant’s GPA is above 3.0, a letter of recommendation is not required. An applicant whose GPA is below 3.0 will not be rejected automatically, but a letter of recommendation is not sufficient for admission; the transcripts must demonstrate that the applicant is academically prepared for the program. The Department’s Graduate Committee reviews all applications and makes the admissions decision on a case by case basis.

A transcript is required from each college and university attended, regardless of whether or not a degree program was completed. Copies of transcripts must be uploaded to the online application.  We will request official transcripts only if you are admitted.  If academic records are in a language other than English, please upload the English translation only.

When filling out an application, applicants with a GPA 3.0 or above should enter their name into the name fields of the recommendation form. For Statement of Purpose, applicants can respond by entering NOT REQUIRED.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall admission is July 1st. The application deadline for Spring admission is November 1st. Applications received after the above dates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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