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Philosophy & Principles

The Courant Master of Science Program in Mathematics in Finance is a professional master’s program. It has a strong pragmatic component, including practically oriented courses and student mentoring by finance professionals. Our graduates know more finance than most science graduates and have stronger quantitative skills than most business graduates. They start with undergraduate degrees in quantitative subjects such as mathematics, physics, or engineering. They are admitted to the program through a highly selective process. Here at Courant, they experience a tightly integrated curriculum that provides an efficient introduction to the theoretical and computational skills that are genuinely used and valued in the industry. Our program’s special strengths include:

  • its ensemble of courses, most of them created specifically for this program;
  • extensive direct involvement of Fellows and other finance professionals;
  • strong participation by permanent faculty in teaching and mentoring students;
  • great depth in relevant areas of applied mathematics; and
  • our location in New York City, a focal point of the financial world.

The response from the finance industry has been very encouraging. Year after year our graduates have found excellent jobs in a wide range of quantitative areas. Typical placements are in research, trading, asset management, or risk management groups at firms such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, and BNP Paribas.

We constantly reassess the curriculum based on input from Fellows, Advisory Board members, and industry colleagues who help us stay abreast of the latest developments in this continually evolving field. Their feedback often leads us to create new classes or modify existing ones. We also value the input of our current and recent students who tell us what works and what does not.

Our network of contacts within the financial industry is constantly increasing. It includes our alumni and people who have taught our courses, lectured in our seminars, supervised student projects, employed our students, or attended our classes. We are experienced in drawing on this network. While finding good internships and jobs will always require diligent effort by the individual student, our network of contacts enhances the likelihood of success.