Quant Guide 2021: Columbia University

New York City, US

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Co-sponsored by the departments of mathematics and statistics, the Master of Arts in Mathematics of Finance at Columbia appears at 17th in this year’s quant master’s guide. The MA continues to be led by Lars Tyge Nielsen.

The programme is popular among students – for its current intake, the MA received 1,250 applications – its employment statistics giving a good indication as to why that is.

Like its fellow Columbia programme – the Master of Science in Financial Engineering – the course has an employment rate of 95% after successful completion. Also, like the MS programme, the MA’s graduate compensation figure, at $102,335, is a strong one relative to the rest of the guide’s constituents.

Based in one of the most concentrated metropolitan areas, the course has met the challenge of the coronavirus in creative ways. Its administrators have moved some classes to early summer, in order to reduce the number of students on its New York City campus, and provides a broad range of web-based career support. Its efforts include meetings with employers and alumni, careers fairs and individual career coaching appointments – all conducted virtually.

View this institution’s entry in the 2020 guide

View other universities and a guide to the metrics tables

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