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Saunders MS in Computational Finance

The Rocket Scientists of Wall Street
Meet Program Director Ashok Robin
Top Career Options
Experienced Finance Advisory Board
Top-25 Rankings for MS in Finance by FTE Times
F-1 OPT STEM 17-month Work Extension for International Students

The Master of Science in Computational Finance at RIT delivers the combined strengths of Saunders College of Business ranked #28 for Master of Science in Finance, and the expertise of our School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Now, starting fall 2017, complete your degree in one year.

Also referred to as “Quants” or Financial Engineers, people in these positions use their strengths in business, modeling, and data analysis to understand and use complex financial models, often involving differential and stochastic calculus. To learn more about Quants and Computational Finance and why this would be a great career for you, please view, Quants: The Rocket Scientists Of Wall Street, on

Top Growth Careers

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The program addresses a vital and growing career field, reaching beyond banking and finance. Typical job titles include: Risk Analyst, Research Associate, Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Structured Credit Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst, Quantitative Investment Analyst, Quantitative Strategist, Data Analyst, Senior Data Analyst, Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst, and Financial Engineer.

Computational Finance is an excellent career option for Business, Math, Engineering, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, and other technically orientated professionals. Programming knowledge preferred.

Quick Admissions Decisions

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

Saunders Finance Advisory Board

The MS in Computational Finance program is enhanced by the Saunders Finance Advisory Board (FAB). Its members bring expertise and guidance from global companies to assist Saunders in delivering the highest quality curricula that maintains an applied focus, and includes what employers are looking for in graduates of Saunders finance programs. To view board members and their bios please visit the FAB members page.


The MS in Computational Finance curriculum offers integration of finance, mathematics, and computing. The required mathematics courses have substantial financial content and the experiential computational finance course that students take during the summer make use of skills learned in the mathematics, analytics and finance courses taken up to that point.

The program features a unique summer project that includes analysis of real-world data in a business case provided by Saunders corporate partners. This provides students with challenging tasks that help to develops computational skills and prepares students for employment. The program ends with a required non-credit comprehensive exam based on the courses completed by the student.

The multidisciplinary nature of the program and the involvement of as many as four RIT colleges are its strengths. Starting in 2017, this program is now a 12-month, full-time program beginning exclusively in the fall and ending with a summer semester. Part-time options are not currently available.

Please use the following links for curriculum details.

Overview of Courses Course Details & Descriptions History of Course Catalogs

These links provide details on the curriculum for this program. Overview of Courses details all the courses and electives that are included in the program. Course Details and Descriptions allow you to find details and schedules for individual courses, including co- and pre- requisites for individual courses. These are kept up to date with the latest details pertaining to prospective students.

Current students and alumni – please visit the Office of the Registrar for a History of Course Catalogs to view and download official degree requirements pertaining to the academic year you began your degree.


International Students: F-1 OPT STEM 17-month work Extension

International students receiving the MS in Computational Finance degree qualify to apply for a 17-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to two and a half years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. The MS in Computational Finance program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension, under the CIP Code 27.0305-Financial Mathematics in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students.

For more information on this program call +1.585.475.6916, send us an email, or request more information.

For quick Admissions decisions and determination for scholarship and financial aid please visit the RIT Office of Graduate Enrollment to apply online.













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