The financial crisis on Wall Street and around the globe has forever changed the way we think about finance. Now more than ever, financial decision making depends on building sophisticated models that facilitate better pricing of securities and more sophisticated risk management. In the Smith School Master of Quantitative Finance program, you’ll gain the leading-edge knowledge and skills necessary to address the challenges confronting financial decision makers and financial market participants.
You’ll also learn from some of the best financial minds in the world. Smith finance faculty have held active roles in advising large financial institutions, multinational corporations, government and transnational agencies. Their research appears in the top academic journals and is featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other international business publications.
The MQF program blends solid fundamentals in finance and a flexible suite of electives that prepare you for a range of finance careers. You will learn about simple to complex financial products, the markets in which they are bought and sold, the institutions that generate and sell these products, the regulatory and competitive environment in which finance operates, and many mathematical and statistical modeling that are used in modern finance practice.
The MQF program is held at the flagship College Park campus of the University of Maryland. Students learn in a vibrant campus environment located in the Washington, D.C., area. Our campus is easily accessed from all points in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area ranging from Baltimore and Annapolis to the northern Virginia area that is host to many companies ranging from startups to large corporations, financial institutions and virtually all major regulators.
Richmond D. Mathews
Associate Professor of Finance
Academic Director of the Master of Quantitative Finance Program