Certificate in Computational Finance

Explore the Interconnection of Investing and Quantitative Analysis


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Class Times: Days
  • Cost: $12,600 (estimated)

Next start date

September 6, 2016

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About this Program

Computational finance brings together the power of computing and statistical analysis with the principles of finance and investment management. This four-course certificate program examines the mathematical, statistical and econometric principles that underlie the quantitative management of financial investments. You’ll study the mechanisms of investment science, investigate portfolio optimization and asset management, and build models of risk and return. You’ll also receive an in-depth introduction to using the R statistical programming language for financial modeling and analysis.


Experienced professionals looking to advance their career in computational finance, those who have completed the Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance certificate program, or those with a degree in a related field preparing to pursue graduate study.

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  • Classical methods of portfolio construction based on volatility as a risk measure
  • Modern theories regarding portfolio optimization
  • The mathematics of fixed income, complex interest and term structures
  • Risk budgeting techniques
  • Open source R programming skills


This program offers partial preparation for the Financial Risk Manager certification by the Global Association of Risk Professionals and the Chartered Financial Analyst certification by the CFA Institute.


By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Science in Computational Finance & Risk Management (classroom or online program). To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program.

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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Video lectures, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. You can stream video lectures as they are delivered live or view recordings at a later time.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Not available for this program