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 #29 for Masters of Financial Engineering by TFE (The Financial Engineer) TimesEduniversal 2021 recognized Saunders #30 in Best Masters in Corporate Finance, with its MS in Finance program #83 in Best Masters in Financial Markets, with its MS in Computational Finance program.

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 (F-1) students receiving a STEM designated graduate degree may apply for a 24-month F1 STEM OPT work extension. This extension follows the one-year 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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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."


Meet Program Director Dr. Ashok Robin

  • 10/26/2021
    Saunders College of Business recognizes the accomplishments of its outstanding employees.
  • 10/21/2021
    RIT students are already benefitting from a new partnership with Garth Fagan Dance, with RIT Performing Arts Scholarship students taking master classes downtown and students working on a semester-long arts management capstone project to deliver suggestions for the internationally known dance company to potentially implement.
  • 10/19/2021
    Ryan Brooks ’96 (food management) is the third-generation owner of the business that began as a poultry farm, providing fresh eggs and packaged meats to nearby stores. His grandparents dreamed of opening a restaurant, and in 1961, they adapted their catering business into what would become a recognized family-owned business—Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q.
  • 10/18/2021
    A gift from IDI Billing Solutions, a global provider of cloud-based billing, automation and workflow solutions for Communications Service Providers, will help RIT fund a series of important diversity initiatives. The company recently donated $162,000 to help RIT provide new scholarships, emergency support funds, and programmatic opportunities for RIT and K-12 students.
Saunders students have a 95% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation