Below you can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that prospective students have about the Master of Mathematical Finance program.

Question:
What is the difference between the Master of Mathematical Finance and Master of Science in Finance programs offered at Illinois Tech?

Answer: 
The Master of Mathematical Finance (M.M.F.) program is designed for individuals with strong quantitative skills who are interested in developing mathematical models for valuation and hedging of financial derivatives. The M.M.F. program prepares students for junior quantitative analyst positions. The Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F) program is designed for individuals who will be targeting financial analyst positions that do not require advanced quantitative skills.

The M.M.F. curriculum requirements include courses that give students a rigorous theoretical, mathematical, and computational background in finance, with a focus on asset pricing and hedging of financial risks. The M.S.F. curriculum requires a broad grounding in finance, including topics, such as financial statement analysis, that are not heavily quantitative. M.S.F. courses cover the material with less of an emphasis on formal mathematics. 

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Question:
I'm interested in a career as a quant. Which program should I enroll in: M.S.F. or M.M.F.?

Answer:
Both programs provide excellent preparation for work in quantitative finance. The program that you should choose largely depends on your interests and background.

The M.M.F. program is appropriate for those students who can handle rigorous mathematics and would like to gain a deep understanding of the mathematical foundations of modern finance. It is not a theoretical program; students emerge from the program with strong programming skills and experience implementing financial models. They also will gain exposure to one or two specialized applied areas within finance, such as trading, risk management, and financial programming.

Students pursuing an M.S.F. degree will be able to devote more time to studying applications, but their studies will have less of an emphasis on mathematical and theoretical rigor.



Question:
What are the career options after the M.M.F. program?

Answer:
A graduate from the M.M.F. program may seek a position as a junior quantitative analyst (quant) with financial institutions such as banks, trading corporations, or hedge funds.



Question:
What technology is used in the M.M.F. program?

Answer:
Students learn computational aspects of modern finance using programming languages such as C++ and Python. In addition, students learn modern simulation methodologies.


 

Question:
What kind of mathematical background do students need entering the M.M.F. program?

Answer:
Students entering the M.M.F. program are expected to have a solid background in undergraduate level probability theory, advanced calculus, linear algebra, and (ideally) ordinary differential equations.


If you have a question that was not answered above, please send an email to Program Director Tomasz Bielecki at tbielecki@iit.edu.