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Computational Finance Master of Science

Quantitative analysts, known as “financial engineers” or “quants” design and implement financial models used by banks and investment companies to generate profits and reduce risk. Computational analytics experts also support other industries and business functions that reach beyond banking and finance.

A powerful Master of Science degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, jointly offered by the College of Science and Saunders College of Business, helps you extend your skills into fields that are in great demand and feature high salaries. While international students qualify to apply for a F-1 STEM OPT work extension which can extend their total work eligibility up to 3 years.

RIT is an international campus with students from more than 100 countries. Rochester, New York, is a culturally rich city with numerous arts, recreation, and outdoors activities. Direct flights connect Rochester International Airport to New York, Toronto, and Chicago several times a day.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

The Master of Science in Computational Finance at RIT delivers the combined strengths of Saunders College of Business ranked #21 for Master of Science in Finance by TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times, as well as #31 for Masters of Financial Engineering, and the expertise of our School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Eduniversal 2019 Best Masters Ranking recognized the MS in Computational Finance program as #92 Best Masters in Financial Markets, Worldwide.

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

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

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

International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International students receiving a graduate degree in this program qualify to apply for a 24-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension 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 Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

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Visit our full list of in-demand graduate programs, including our Master of Business Administration (MBA)which is currently under review for STEM certification. With a Saunders MBA, you create your brand to achieve success by choosing elective courses across all nine RIT colleges to create your own areas of specialization.

Program Director's Quote

"The Computational Finance program provides students with the ability to understand and use complex financial models, leveraging RIT strengths in mathematics, computing, and finance. This is a growing field and great career option for math, engineering, economics, statistics, computer science, and other professionals."

Ashok J Robin


Meet Program Director Dr. Ashok Robin

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