The MSQF program consists of 30 credit hours, which includes 15 credit hours of specified preparatory courses in mathematics and computer science, and 15 credit hours of financial modeling. The curriculum integrates mathematical, computer science, and finance skill sets within a course of study including calculus, probability theory, numerical methods, algorithms, neural networks, computation with uncertainty measurement and management, and dynamic valuation and pricing theories. The curriculum provides a solid theoretical background with a particular focus on applied skills.
Many students may enter the program directly having obtained an undergraduate degree or through Bradley’s 3-2 BS/BA-MSQF program. Average time to complete your MSQF degree is 1 year as a full-time student or 2 years as a part-time student. This time frame does not take into account prerequisite coursework, which may be required before entering the program.
You may enter the program at the start of either the Fall or Spring semester. Courses are typically offered during traditional class days and times. Information regarding important dates within each semester or interim session is located in the academic calendar.
A small class size allows professors to provide individual attention and mentoring and offer students opportunities to work closely with faculty on scholarly research and engage in their own faculty-mentored research projects. You’ll engage with the MSQF curriculum through a balance of lecture/discussion and group or individual projects. Within Bradley’s dedicated computer science lab, you’ll be applying theories learned in class using the latest tools of the trade, including MATLAB, Mathematica®, RISK, Trade Station® Research Insight®, and Microsoft® Excel.
Bradley MSQF students receive the personal attention of our dedicated staff as well as these inclusive services:
- Graduate Student Association membership and benefits,
- as needed tutoring,
- job search assistance from the Smith Career Center,
- use of the Markin Center recreational facility,
- assistance from Computing Services, and
- access to the Student Health Center.
Program Cost and Financing
MSQF program costs are billed by credit hour. For the 2009-2010 school year the cost per credit hour is $650. This does not include the cost of textbooks and class materials. Unlike many “fee-heavy” institutions, Bradley University charges only a single activity fee of $25 each semester.
Scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and loans are available to finance your education. Learn more about these options.