First Semester (Fall) | 13 Credits

REQUIRED COURSES

Mathematical Finance Career Management (QSTMF610)

This course prepares students in the MS Mathematical Finance program for the global employment market in quantitative finance. The course has the following objectives: to familiarize students with the foundational mathematics and statistics required for the MSMF program, to develop sound networking and job search strategies, to prepare students for 'quant' interviews, to develop good career management habits, and to familiarize students with important developments in financial markets and issues of the day that affect the global financial services industry.


Fundamentals of Finance (QSTMF702)

This course covers such topics as: financial markets (bonds, stocks, derivative securities, forward and futures contracts, exchanges, market indices, and margins); interest rates, present value, yields, term structure of interest rates, duration and immunization of bonds, risk preferences, asset valuation, Arrow-Debreu securities, complete and incomplete markets, pricing by arbitrage, the first and the second fundamental theorems of Finance, option pricing on event trees, risk and return (Sharpe ratios, risk premia), and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Programing for Mathematical Finance (QSTMF703)

In-depth discussion of object-oriented programming with Python and C++ for finance and data applications. Topics include built-in-types, control structure, classes, constructors, destructors, function overloading, operator functions, friend functions, inheritance, and polymorphism with dynamic binding. Case study looks at the finite differences solutions for the basic models of financial derivatives; as well as the design and development of modular, scalable, and maintainable software for modeling financial derivatives. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Statistics for Mathematical Finance (QSTMF793)

This course covers the fundamental principles of statistics and econometrics. It is mandatory for all tracks of the MSc. program. The course first reviews the needed concepts in probabilities, properties of random variables, the classic distributions encountered in Finance. Then, we cover the principles of random sampling, properties of estimators, e.g., the standard moment estimators (sample mean, variance, etc..). The next major topic is the regression analysis. We study the OLS and GLS principles, review their properties, in the standard case and when ideal assumptions are not correct. The course ends with a study of time series ARMA models and volatility models such as GARCH and Risk-Metrics. The course makes intensive use of the R package. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Stochastic Methods in Asset Pricing I (QSTMF795)

This course develops the basic tools from measure-theoretic probability theory and stochastic calculus that are needed for an in-depth study of continuous time finance. Some related tools from asset pricing (e.g., risk-preferences and state-price densities) are introduced as well, and the basic ingredients of continuous time financial modeling are developed. The following topics are covered: probability and measure, the coin-toss space and the random walk, random variables and convergence, Gaussian distribution, martingales, Brownian motion, stochastic integration for semi-martingales and Ito formula, Girsanov's theorem, stochastic differential equations, continuous time market models and pricing by arbitrage, resume of Malliavin calculus, replication and pricing of contingent claims, market completeness and the fundamental theorems of asset pricing. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)

Second Semester (Spring) | 13 Credits

REQUIRED COURSES

Mathematical Finance Career Management (QSTMF610)

This course prepares students in the MS Mathematical Finance program for the global employment market in quantitative finance. The course has the following objectives: to familiarize students with the foundational mathematics and statistics required for the MSMF program, to develop sound networking and job search strategies, to prepare students for 'quant' interviews, to develop good career management habits, and to familiarize students with important developments in financial markets and issues of the day that affect the global financial services industry.


Fixed Income Securities (QSTMF728)

The course focuses on the valuation, hedging and management of fixed income securities. Theoretical and empirical term structure concepts are introduced. Short rate models and the Heath-Jarrow-Morton methodology are presented. Market models and their application for the valuation of forwards, swaps, caps, floors and swaptions, and other interest rate derivatives are discussed in detail. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Computational Methods of Mathematical Finance (QSTMF796)

This course introduces common algorithmic and numerical schemes that are used in practice for pricing and hedging financial derivative products. Among others, the course covers Monte-Carlo simulation methods (generation of random variables, exact simulation, discretization schemes), finite difference schemes to solve partial differential equations, numerical integration, and Fourier transforms. Special attention is given to the computational requirements of these different methods, and the trade-off between computational effort and accuracy. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)

 

ELECTIVES COURSES

Choose two of the following courses:

Economics of FinTech (QSTMF740)

The course covers the following topics: introduction to Blockchains and cryptocurrencies; contract theory for initial coin offerings; robo-advising; crowd wisdom; and privacy issues. Although the course introduces some Blockchain programming languages, e.g. Solidity, the emphasis of the course is on the economics of FinTech rather than on programming. Students are expected to be familiar with basic financial economics, econometrics, and stochastic processes.


Stochastic Methods in Asset Pricing II (QSTMF794)

The course covers: the Feynman-Kac formula and the Fokker-Plank equation, stochastic calculus with jumps, Levy processes and jump diffusion models in finance, Bellman's principle of dynamic programming and the Hamilton-Jacobi- Bellman equation, classical problems for optimal control in finance (Merton's problem, etc.), investment-consumption decisions with transaction costs, the connection between asset pricing and free-boundary problems for PDEs, optimal stopping problems and the exercise of American-style derivatives, capital structure and valuation of real options and corporate debt, exchange options, stochastic volatility models, and Dupire's formula. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


FinTech Programming (QSTMF810)

The course introduces students to a number of efficient algorithms and data structures for computational problems across a variety of areas within FinTech. In the first half of the course, a special programming language for blockchains, such as Solidity, is taught, and TensorFlow, a special Python library for deep learning models, is used to solve stochastic control problems in finance. In the second half of the course, advanced techniques for improving computational performance, including the use of parallel computation and GPU acceleration are surveyed; frameworks for big data analysis such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark are studied. Students will have the opportunity to employ these techniques and gain hands-on experience developing advanced applications. (This course is reserved for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology.)


Advanced Machine Learning Applications for Finance (QSTMF815)

This course surveys applications of machine learning techniques to various types of financial datasets. This course starts with financial data structure and features, then introduces deep learning and advanced supervised learning techniques. We will examine several machine learning applications in pricing, hedging, and portfolio management. Advanced methods for clustering and classification such as support vector machine and unsupervised learning will be introduced. Reinforcement learning and its connection with optimal control will be discussed. Text data will be introduced and analyzed using text mining techniques. Machine learning techniques will be applied to asset allocation. Strategy back-testing and strategy risk will also be discussed. (This course is reserved for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology.)


Algorithmic and High-Frequency Trading (QSTMF821)

This course will introduce concepts of electronic markets, and statistical and optimal control techniques to model and trade in these markets. We will begin with a description of the basic elements of electronic markets, some of the features of the data, its empirical implications and simple microeconomic models. Next, we will study statistical tools to estimate and predict price and volatility of the high-frequency price. Then we will investigate algorithmic trading problems from the stochastic optimal control perspective, including the optimal execution problem and show how to modify the classical approaches to include order-flow information and the effect that dark pools have on trading. Trading pairs of assets that mean-revert is another important algorithmic strategy, and we will see how stochastic control methods can be utilized to inform agents how to optimally trade. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


 

Third Semester (Fall) | 13 Credits

REQUIRED COURSES

Mathematical Finance Career Management (QSTMF610)

This course prepares students in the MS Mathematical Finance program for the global employment market in quantitative finance. The course has the following objectives: to familiarize students with the foundational mathematics and statistics required for the MSMF program, to develop sound networking and job search strategies, to prepare students for 'quant' interviews, to develop good career management habits, and to familiarize students with important developments in financial markets and issues of the day that affect the global financial services industry.


Portfolio Theory (QSTMF730)

A concise introduction to recent results on optimal dynamic consumption- investment problems is provided. Lectures will cover standard mean-variance theory, dynamic asset allocation, asset-liability management, and lifecycle finance. The main focus of this course is to present a financial engineering approach to dynamic asset allocation problems of institutional investors such as pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. Numerical methods for implementation of asset allocation models will also be presented. The course also covers empirical features and practical implementation of dynamic portfolio problems. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Advanced Derivatives (QSTMF770)

This course provides a comprehensive and in-depth treatment of valuation methods for derivative securities. Extensive use is made of continuous time stochastic processes, stochastic calculus and martingale methods. The main topics to be addressed include (i) European option valuation, (ii) Exotic options, (iii) Multiasset options, (iv) Stochastic interest rate, (v) Stochastic volatility, (vi) American options and (vii) Numerical methods. Additional topics may be covered depending on time constraints. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Credit Risk (QSTMF772)

The derivatives market has experienced tremendous growth during the past decade as credit risk has become a major factor fostering rapid financial innovation. This course will provide an in-depth approach to credit risk modelling for the specific purpose of pricing fixed income securities and credit-risk derivatives. The course will explore the nature of factors underlying credit risk and develop models incorporating default risk. Types and structures of credit-derivatives will be presented and discussed. Valuation formulas for popular credit-derivatives will be derived. Numerical methods, for applications involving credit derivative structures and default risks, will be presented. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)


Advanced Computational Methods (QSTMF850)

This course explores algorithmic and numerical schemes used in practice for the pricing and hedging of financial derivative products. The focus of this course lies on data analysis. It covers such topics as: stochastic models with jumps, advanced simulation methods, optimization routines, and tree-based approaches. It also introduces machine learning concepts and methodologies, including cross validation, dimensionality reduction, random forests, neural networks, clustering, and support vector machines. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)