Advanced Skills You’ll Use

As a Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF) student, you’ll lean into a wide range of concepts ideal for a career in corporate finance, risk management or asset management. You’ll also put your quantitative skills to full use as you explore concepts and tools, such as:

Industry-Specific Tools and Skills:

  • Big data and machine learning in finance
  • Financial data analytics
  • Financial programming
  • Python, R and SAS
  • Risk modeling

Key Topics:

  • Financial engineering
  • Financial programming
  • FinTech
  • Institutional asset management
  • Numerical methods and simulation
  • Portfolio management
  • Quantitative investment
  • Textual analysis

“The logic behind many programming languages are connected. I came into the program already familiar with Java and C+ from my computer engineering background.  It felt easier to transfer that knowledge when learning new languages for finance, like Python and R.”

Wenrui Liu

Master of Quantitative Finance ‘20

Experience for the Real World

Consult for a real company

Work closely with an MQF business partner to solve a quantitative finance-related challenge.

Manage Smith’s Global Equity Fund

Put your quantitative finance skills to the test by managing a portion of the school's endowment fund.

Prepare for certification exams

Apply your new skills as you prepare to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Management (FRM) exams.

“As a finance student, I’m representing Smith in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. It is a competition where my team and I have the chance to compete with other students from around the world.”

Xiaotong Zhang

Master of Quantitative Finance ’21

Financial Markets Laboratories

Use real-world data to refine your software, data management and global trading skills in one of Maryland Smith’s Financial Markets Laboratories. You’ll have access to cutting-edge products from:

  • Bloomberg
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Morningstar
  • Mergent
  • S&P Capital IQ
  • Wharton Research Data Services

Faculty Invested in Your Future

Your professors are extraordinary scholars and savvy, well-connected business leaders who will push you to take your skills to the next level. They offer valuable guidance as you navigate your coursework and career.

His seminal 1985 paper, nicknamed Kyle '85 by Nobel laureates and others, changed the thinking on the way markets operate.

Co-creator of an entire field of finance research – market microstructure.

Expert in market microstructure, corporate finance, asset pricing and management and private equity.

Albert "Pete" Kyle

Founding executive director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Maryland Smith.

Expert in mergers and acquisitions, investments, and corporate governance.

Liu Yang

Former financial consultant for Goldman Sachs, U.S. Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bank of America Professor of Finance and Allen J. Krowe Teaching Award recipient.

Expert in securities markets, microfinance, quantitative equity strategy and stock price setting for institutional investors.

Russ Wermers



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