Certificate in Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance

Build a Foundation for Quantitative Financial Analysis


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks - 8 months
  • Class Times: Days, Self-Paced
  • Cost: $5,500

Next start date

January 4, 2017

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About this Program

Possessing quantitative and computational skills is a major advantage in many areas of the financial industry. In this program we’ll study the key mathematical, statistical and econometric foundations of modern computational finance. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the concepts behind the major theories of portfolio optimization and risk management, probability and statistics, and financial modeling. You’ll also be prepared for more advanced work or study in the field.


Professionals, post-graduates and undergraduates in business, economics or related fields who want to enhance their quantitative finance skills.

See Requirements


  • Fundamental mathematical methods for studying computational finance, including calculus and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and constrained and unconstrained optimization
  • Foundational probability and statistical tools and theories
  • Data analysis and econometric modeling


You can choose to take an optional fourth course (R Programming for Computational Finance) that includes the performance of statistical and financial modeling using open source R programming. This course is not required to complete the certificate.


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.

Earn Credit Toward Your Bachelor’s Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn credit toward your bachelor’s degree. Because policies vary, check with your undergraduate program to make sure the credits will apply.


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Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: a standard version spanning three quarters and an intensive version spanning one quarter. 


You may be able to take individual courses 

without enrolling in the certificate program; 

check the course pages for details.

Start Dates

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