M.S. in Quantitative Finance
Unique Program Features
"The demand for professionals with strong quantitative skills and knowledge of financial theory and markets has grown," said Nancy White, chair of Zarb's Department of Finance. "A Master of Science in Quantitative Finance will provide students who have a sophisticated mathematical background the opportunity to apply their skills to analyze and develop quantitative solutions to contemporary financial problems."
Students will gain a strong conceptual understanding of financial theory and analytical techniques. An emphasis will be placed on applying this foundation to analyze and develop analytical and quantitative solutions to contemporary financial problems. The MSQF is designed to equip finance professionals who have strong quantitative skills with the background in financial theory required for positions in financial and operational risk management, derivative product development, investment banking and asset management. Graduates will have the skills needed to analyze large historical and real-time financial data and develop analytical and quantitative financial models, thereby having a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Students in the MSQF program will benefit from finance faculty described in the Princeton Review as "cutting edge" and will fully utilize the resources of the academic Trading Room of the Zarb School of Business. This facility at Hofstra University is the only academic Trading Room in the U.S. with 34 Bloomberg Professional terminals.
The Trading Room offers MSQF students the ability to access and analyze a vast array of financial and economic data, apply analytical methods, conduct interactive trading simulations, and develop contemporary financial models. Resources available for MSQF students include industry standard databases and analytical applications such as Bloomberg Professional, Datastream, CRSP, Research Insight, and FinancialCAD.