This page is not intended as a substitute for the catalog. Please consult with your advisor and the catalog for the year in which you were admitted.

As a quantitative finance major (QFIN), your course of study will result in a B.S. degree with minors in economics and math (or a double major with math) rather than a B.B.A.

QFIN’s classification as a STEM program has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

This major is a highly structured program and you must begin your mathematics courses in your freshman year in order to progress through the major in a timely manner. The required major coursework provides you with the foundation and tools for a variety of financial situations and problem solving, while electives permit you to emphasize economics, mathematics, statistics or finance.

Students interested in quantitative finance may also want to learn about the finance major.

Students are encouraged to develop their individualized academic plans in consultation with an academic advisor, taking into account unique skills, interests and goals.

Students interested in Quantitative Finance can pursue one of two degrees: a Quantitative Finance Major with a Minor in Economics and Mathematics, B.S. or a Quantitative Finance/Mathematics Double Major, B.S.

For specific course listings, please refer to the program of study in the undergraduate catalog:

Risk Management Concentration

A focus in risk management is designed for quantitative finance majors pursuing a more in-depth review of the issues facing organizations and the tools needed to address those uncertainties.

Focused course topics include: theory of risk management, risk identification, risk measurement and applications in the form of risk modeling techniques such as Value-at-Risk and Monte Carlo simulations.


Financial Analysis Concentration

The financial analysis concentration helps prepare students for careers as financial analysts and also Levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Focused course topics include: financial and fixed income analysis, elemental and derivative securities analysis and finance.

  • Python
  • Bloomberg
  • Statistics (SAS)
  • Finance Databases such as CRSP and Compustat

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