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From the Leadership


Modern quantitative finance makes use of sophisticated mathematics, recent innovations from data science and machine learning, and concept and tools from computer science.  The field changes rapidly, driven by innovation both in academia and industry.

As practitioners have adopted increasingly quantitative methods, the demand for mathematically sophisticated finance professionals has surged.  The Master of Science Program in Mathematics in Finance was created in the late 1990s to meet this demand.  It equips students with the skills they need to embark on exciting careers and be successful in this field.

Our program is unique in many ways:

  • Courant has a long tradition of leadership in applied mathematics, with special emphasis in many areas fundamental to finance; 
  • Our New York City location in the heart of the world's largest financial market gives our students unsurpassed direct access to the leading individuals and institutions in the industry; and 
  • Our instructors are a unique blend of world-class academics and leading-edge practitioners.

This cooperative effort between industry and academia extends all the way to the leadership of the program.  We possess many years of experience and have vast networks both in the financial industry as well as in academia.

Our graduates are a different breed.  If you are a student, we strongly encourage you to apply to our program. If you are an employer, we urge you to take advantage of this very special talent pool. 

Petter Kolm 
Director, Master of Science Program in Mathematics in Finance

Paul Bourgade
Chair, Committee on Mathematics in Finance

Leif Andersen
Industry Adviser to the Program
Global Co-Head of the Quantitative Strategies Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch