UW Master of Science in Computational Finance and Risk Management

UW Master of Science in Computational Finance and Risk Management


[Tim]
Finance is getting more high-tech and quantitative, and so by employing students with the right
combination of the sophistication, allows the companies to become more ambitious in
terms of what they can pursue as a company. We believe that we have a good curriculum
that can serve not only students who are just graduated from undergrad but also people who
are working industry. We really want to be able to serve a broader
community and people in different life stages or, you know, different stages of their career
get the right training and then help them advance in their career. [Karen]
The Computational Finance Risk Management program is comprised of a master’s of science
degree as well as two certificate programs. The certificate programs are two-fold, the
Quantitative Finance certificate really gives the student base knowledge and mathematics
and statistics. Typically, those students have completed their
bachelor’s degree, but they don’t have any foundation in financial mathematics. The Computational Finance certificate is made
up of three of the core courses that make up the master of science degree. [Reeta]
Most industries are using more mathematics and statistics in the form of data science
and machine learning. I wanted to use my knowledge about computer
programming, and I wanted to explore more about applied mathematics so I can combine
these skills together. [Aaron]
I enrolled in their graduate certificate program, so that while I was applying for the Masters
degree and taking the GRE I was able to knock out a couple of classes so that I could finish
a little ahead of schedule, and then I was accepted into the Masters program and became
an on-campus student. [Karen]
Since the CFRM program is a professional master’s degree, meaning the assumption is students
are going to go into industry, we take career and professional development very seriously
and make that sort of a core part of the student’s experience overall. So I teach career and professional development
workshops, work with students one-on-one, mentoring, coaching, and consulting with them
on their employment plan and where they want to go in industry. [Reeta]
Computational Finance and Risk Management was a completely new area for me, and the
CFRM Career Counselor, Karen, helped me finding the right job opportunities. [Karen]
We spend a fair amount of time developing really strong partnerships with industry and
companies really across the United States, but of course locally as well and strong in
the Pacific Northwest. So some of the things that we can offer the
students through those collaborations are things like having those companies come on
campus to give a seminar talk as well as interview students for internships all in one day, so
we can streamline the process for the employer as well as streamline the process for the
student. [Aaron]
Being a full time student is a full time job and then looking for a job is a full time
job as well. So having someone who was looking out for
you and trying to, you know, figure that part of your life out was awesome. It really allowed me to focus on school, and
then you know when the time was right, then to focus on the career search. [Tim]
Finance, you know, is ever-evolving and, but it’s evolving in the direction where more
quantitative techniques is needed. I know more programming skills is needed. In a solid foundation, you know in math and
statistics is needed. So that’s where our program is heading. That is where the industry is heading. So, you know, we hope to continue that. [Aaron]
I think it’s really exciting, it’s really fast paced, and from a like a perspective
of someone who likes to do really analytical work and then also likes to do creative things,
so it’s really fulfilling work. I couldn’t see myself being anywhere else.

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