BS/BA-MSQF 3:2 Program

In today’s business world, financial models, concepts, tools, and techniques are becoming more mathematically sophisticated as a result of financial market dynamics. Business across all sectors, but especially investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, corporate treasuries, and regulatory agencies, rely increasingly on quantitative finance professionals, or “quants” possessing the highly specialized skills necessary to design, interpret, and solve the complex financial models that provide data for asset valuation, risk management, and market movement prediction.

Bradley University’s Bachelor of Science/Arts-Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (BS/A-MSQF) degree is a 5-year bachelor to masters degree program, which will equip you with the skills, concepts, tools, and techniques to excel as a financial engineering professional.

Program Specifics

To achieve the BS/A-MSQF, students in good standing follow a particular track of undergraduate courses, enter the MSQF program in their senior year, and complete their masters program studies during their fifth year. Financial support may continue during their graduate period of study.

While freshman applicants are preferred, students may choose the BS/A-MSQF at any time during their undergraduate studies. For these students, foundational coursework may be necessary to properly prepare them for graduate level courses.

Curriculum

The BS/A-MSQF allows you to channel your voracious interest in mathematics, finance, and computer science in learning how their applications within complex problem solving contexts can inform business and financial challenges such as new product development, portfolio structuring, scenario simulation, derivative securities valuation, and risk management.

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.

The following are specific course requirements at the undergraduate level (in addition to or in lieu of the college core and university general education requirements) and graduate level. For a complete description of MSQF program requirements, view the Catalog.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Calculus I thru III
  • Derivatives I
  • Differential Equations
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Financial Strategy
  • FIN Electives
  • Investment Analysis
  • Introduction to Developing Business Applications
  • Probability and Statistics I and II (in lieu of Foster College core req. QM 262 and 263)
  • Portfolio Theory

    Graduate Courses

    • Algorithms
    • Derivatives II
    • Expert Systems
    • Fixed Income
    • Numerical Methods I and II
    • Partial Differential Equations
    • Quantitative Finance Capstone
    • Quantitative Methods in Finance
    • Topics in Quantitative Finance
    • Readings in Quantitative Finance
    • Uncertainty Analysis and Measurement