MS in Financial Engineering Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs in the MS in Financial Engineering Program

The MS in Financial Engineering Program offers three certificate programs to candidates in the program. Certificates are available in Data Science & Financial Analytics, Quantitative Risk Management or Financial Operations Research and may be earned by completing an additional two courses for a total of 36 credit hours. Candidates for the MS in Financial Engineering degree do not need to apply initially for certificate programs. Students meet with any Program Director to select their certificate choice (if any) once they are enrolled in the program.

Certificate programs enhance skills and development by allowing additional exploration in three main functional areas.  

The three MS in Financial Engineering Certificate Programs are:

1. Data Science & Financial Analytics Certificate 

The objective is to provide students with a unique skillset preparing them for careers in the interdisciplinary field of Data Science and Financial Analytics, with particular application to the financial services industry. Skills developed include working with massive data sets, data-driven analytical methodologies, SAS and R programming, Data Mining, and Machine Learning.

To complete this certificate, students must complete the following coursework:

One of the two courses below:

One of the two data-­intensive Finance courses below:

2. Quantitative Risk Management Certificate

The objective is to train students in the quantitative methodologies and regulatory practices that are essential for risk management functions within a financial institution. Prepares students for and reinforces material from the FRM examination. The Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation is the premier certification for professionals in financial risk management. The two part exam contains the following topics, many of which overlap the curriculum of the MSAF program: Financial Markets and Products, Valuation and Risk Models, Quantitative Analysis, Foundations of Risk Management, Market Risk, Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Risk Management and Investment Management, and Current Regulatory Issues. Furthermore, Lehigh’s MSAF program is an Academic Partner of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) who administers the FRM certification.

To complete this certificate, students must complete the following coursework:

One of the following MATH/STAT courses:

3. Financial Operations Research Certificate

The objective is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental techniques underlying Operations Research Techniques that are of ubiquitous use in all areas of business today like Linear Programming, Game Theory, Dynamic Programming, Integer Programming, Nonlinear Programming, and Machine Learning.

To complete this certificate, students must complete the following coursework:

Two electives from the following courses:

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