Opportunities for skilled quantitative finance professionals are seeing explosive growth with the rapid increase in sophisticated quantitative and computational techniques employed by financial firms.

As a quantitative finance major (QFIN), you’ll join an interdisciplinary program covering the design, development and implementation of innovative financial processes that encourages the formulation of creative solutions to problems in finance. As such, it is unique among College of Business offerings, and 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.

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. Career pursuits could be in risk analytics, investment banking, trading, risk management, financial engineering, and many other finance positions which require applied mathematics and computational skills.

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


“The quantitative finance coursework in tandem with exploration of the formal academic literature and independent projects sufficiently prepared me for graduate school and the beginning of my career.  I'm grateful for my experience at JMU CoB, and look forward to the future.”

Roman Paolucci (‘22), quantitative finance major


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