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The major is a part of the Department of Finance and Business Law, an academic unit within the College of Business.

The quantitative finance major is highly quantitative and computer intensive, and is designed to prepare students for careers in financial engineering, structured finance, financial modeling, securitization, actuarial science and portfolio management. The focus of this major is on problem solving in quantitative areas of finance with an added emphasis on the application of complex securities to a variety of financial situations. This interdisciplinary major is a highly structured program that requires students to minor in both mathematics and economics. Many quantitative finance students choose to complete a second major in mathematics or economics.

Students should consult with their adviser as early as possible to identify the appropriate sequence of courses. Students should start planning their program in their freshman year because of the significant prerequisites and the fact that some of the upper-level courses are only offered once per year. The first finance course that students take is Introduction to Quantitative Finance (FIN 250), during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students are encouraged to complete a summer internship between the sophomore and junior years, as well as between their junior and senior years.

The faculty prides itself on staying current and innovative through a commitment to excellence in education and research. In our classes we emphasize both a theoretical understanding of financial management and markets as well as the practical application in relating financial and economic theory to real-world problems. The Department of Finance and Business Law faculty members have published in journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Futures Markets. Faculty members have also published numerous books, cases and monographs.

Degrees Offered

B.S.

Concentrations

None

Minors

None

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the quantitative finance major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 

All students must have at least one major with a degree (i.e. Biology - BS).  To add a 2nd major, select the major listed with no degree (i.e. Biology).

  1. Log into MyMadison, select Student Center.
  2. Select Major/Minor Change from the "Other Academic..." dropdown menu.
    1. To add a program of study select Add Major/Minor

      To narrow your search, select the plan type, change the criteria of plan description to "contains," and enter the beginning letters of the plan.
    2. To drop a program of study, select Drop Major/Minor.
    3. To update a concentration for an existing program of study, select Add/Change Concentration.
  3. After all requests are entered, select Submit Request.

Please note that any student admitted to JMU can declare one of the eight majors offered in the College of Business. However, any student enrolled in one of the B.B.A. programs must meet certain progression standards in order to continue as a business major beyond the first year of study.

 

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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