College graduates who have some background in mathematics and statistics and want graduate school preparation in the mathematics and statistics of finance and financial engineering can follow a structured curriculum developed with the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics.

Students who complete the 8 course curriculum with a grade of B- or better in all courses will receive a Certification of Professional Achievement in Quantitative Studies for Finance.

Curriculum

The Quantitative Studies for Finance program includes:

Calculus Courses (2 Courses)

  • MATH V1102 or S1102. Calculus II . 3 pts.
  • MATH V1201 or S1201. Calculus III. 3 pts.

Also recommended but not required:

  • MATH V1202. Calculus IV. 3 pts.

Advanced Mathematics Courses (Choose 4 Courses)

  • MATH V2010 or S2010. Linear Algebra. 3 pts.
  • MATH E1210 or V3027 or S3027. Ordinary Differential Equations. 3 pts.
  • MATH V3028 or S3028. Partial Differential Equations. 3 pts.
  • MATH V2500. Analysis and Optimization. 3 pts.
  • Or *MATH W4061 or S4061. Introduction to Modern Analysis I. 3 pts.

Also recommended but not required:

  • MATH W4062 or S4062. Introduction to Modern Analysis II. 3 pts.

Statistics Courses (Choose 1 Course)

  • STAT W4150. Introduction to Probability and Statistics. 3 pts.

    OR
  • STAT W4105. Probability. 3 pts. and STAT W4107. Statistical Inference. 3 pts.

    OR
  • STAT W4109. Probability and Statistical Inference. 3 pts.

Also recommended but not required:

  • MATH W4062 or S4062. Introduction to Modern Analysis II. 3 pts.

Computer Science Courses (Choose 1 Course)

  • COMS W1003 or S1003. Introduction to Programming in C. 3 pts.
  • COMS W1004. Introduction to Computer Programming in Java. 3 pts.
  • COMS W1005. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming In MATLAB. 3pts
  • COMS W1007. Honors Introduction to Computer Science. 3pts.
  • COMS W3101. Programming Languages. 1 pt.

Any demonstrated proficiency in C, C++, or Java

Admission

Application Deadlines
Spring Jan. 5
Summer Session 1 May 15
Summer Session 2 June 26
Fall Aug. 15

To apply for Spring or Fall, follow the Postbaccalaureate Studies Program application instructions. To apply for Summer, visit the Columbia Summer website.