The Quantitative Finance Certificate is an undergraduate program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leeds School of Business, designed to give students the foundation for a lifetime of analytical problem solving and a strong analytical grounding for application in the business environment, particularly finance. The program at CU Boulder combines a rigorous finance and accounting education with an equally demanding education in mathematics and economics.
Due to the scarcity of competitive programs nationally that combine rigorous training in quantitative methods and extensive financial training, students who successfully complete the program encounter strong job demand in areas of direct interest. In addition, the quantitative finance curriculum provides a strong foundation for students interested in additional academic training in the future.
Curricula are rigorous and multidisciplinary, with required course work drawing from the Departments of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Economics, as well as the finance division of the Leeds School of Business. The confluence of such widely varying material is one of the unique features of the program. Successful completion of the program requirements is a significant accomplishment.
Graduates of the quantitative finance track work in complex financial analysis positions in financial consulting, pension consulting, investment management research, portfolio management, corporate treasury functions, institutional securities sales and trading and investment banking.
The program is not a major and is open to students majoring in any subject. However, the program has extensive course requirements that mesh most closely with students majoring in business (finance emphasis), mathematics, applied mathematics and economics.