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Distinguished by its mathematically rigorous course content and direct applications to industry, WPI’s Professional Master’s in Financial Mathematics will prepare you for a successful career in the financial services industry.

Our MS financial mathematics program offers unique courses that bridge strong theoretical mathematical knowledge with practical, real-world projects, enabling you to gain industry-level experience in the classroom. Our master’s in financial mathematics also provides the opportunity to learn from and work alongside internationally renowned faculty members who are spurring advances in topics including portfolio optimization, liquidity, credit and systemic risk, and numerical methods of stochastic and partial differential equations.

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Curriculum for Master’s in Financial Mathematics

Through core financial mathematics masters courses, you’ll build a strong foundation in concepts and processes involved in arbitrage-based pricing of derivative securities and fixed income securities, based on a sound understanding of measure-theoretic probability theory and stochastic processes. You’ll also take advanced courses that give you in-depth knowledge and hands-on practice in computational methods in finance, portfolio management, and market and credit risk modeling.

You will complement your financial mathematics masters studies with courses in financial management, information technology, or computer science, as well as a professional skills development seminar and capstone experience involving a project, practicum, or advanced course.

Research for MS Financial Mathematics

A MS financial mathematics capstone project will enable you to synthesize and apply your financial mathematics knowledge and skills in one of three ways:

  • master’s project involving the solution of real, concrete problem in the financial service industry.
  • master’s practicum consisting of a summer internship in industry or an applied research laboratory.
  • capstone course entailing an enhanced version of a high-level financial mathematics course with additional work assigned.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Gu  Wang

Gu Wang

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science

My research is in the field of Mathematical Finance, which aims at building probabilistic models that provide insights into the behavior of financial market participants, and developing the underlying mathematical theories. My work focuses on the optimal investment and consumption policies in various market settings.

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University in 2013, and spend the next two years in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, before joining WPI as a tenure track Assistant Professor.

Marcel Y. Blais

Marcel Y. Blais

Professor of Teaching

I teach many graduate courses in our Financial Mathematics Professional Master’s Program. I particularly love engaging graduate students in areas of financial mathematics; the material is exciting, cutting edge, and fun to apply and relate to current events and states of financial markets. At the undergraduate level, I teach upper-level optimization electives, as well as calculus courses. I enjoy teaching at this level, showing undergraduate students why the mathematics we study is important and relevant.

Stephan  Sturm

Stephan Sturm

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science

I am an applied mathematician specializing in the field of financial mathematics and engineering. Currently, I am most interested in problems involving modeling with stochastic volatility and the implied volatility surface. Another topic of my research interests lies in delegated portfolio optimization and the role played by incentive schemes paid to fund managers.

Zhongqiang  Zhang

Zhongqiang Zhang

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science

I enjoy teaching and I love interactions with students. In teaching, I teach students how I think and learn their views of my research fields. My current interest is to investigate numerically the propagation of noise using models of stochastic differential equations arising in various applications, especially in  fluid dynamics, biology, and finance.

Qingshuo  Song

Qingshuo Song

Associate Professor - Mathematical Science

Qingshuo Song's research interests include stochastic control theory, and its applications to mathematical finance and various engineering problems. Qingshuo received his BSc from Nankai University, MA and PhD from Wayne State University. Prior to joining Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he had been working with City University of Hong Kong (Associate Professor 2010-2018), University of Michigan (PostDoc 2009) and University of Southern California (PostDoc 2006-2009).

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