Quant Guide 2021: Stony Brook University

Brookhaven, New York, US

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Stony Brook’s MS in Quantitative Finance has grown in several respects this year, with a larger cohort, more teaching staff and a higher employment rate compared with last year. Stan Uryasev, chair of quantitative finance, remains the programme’s academic director.

The course, which is taught over three semesters and includes a large number of compulsory and elective modules, has 20 students in its latest cohort, 12 of whom are international. It received 94 applications this year versus the previous year’s 76, and it now has 10 teaching staff, three of whom are industry-affiliated.

Further, the average employment rate has climbed, to 78%, compared with last year’s 75%. The percentage of graduates for whom employment data is unavailable has also fallen, down to 22% this year, against last year’s 25%. And graduate salaries have also risen: the programme reports an average starting rate of $85,000, versus last year’s figure of $82,500.

Uryasev says that 2020 has been dominated by virtual instruction. 100% of teaching has been conducted remotely, as well as 100% of exams and internships. Lectures, he adds, are recorded for students to view when they choose, and the programme has held its remote classes via popular video conferencing platform Zoom.

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