Students' Perspective

"One of the greatest strengths of the MQF program is its faculty, who present fundamental financial concepts precisely and clearly."

Qidong Zhang | MQF Class of 2009

"To achieve a smooth transition from computational biology to quantitative finance, I need a program designed to combine advanced quantitative methods with cutting-edge finance strategies. I chose Rutgers Business School’s MQF program because of its strong quantitative training and good reputation on Wall Street.

One of the greatest strengths of the MQF program is its faculty, who present fundamental financial concepts precisely and clearly. Some faculty members have extensive investment experience and remarkable market insights. Others are good at communicating complex theories in an intuitive way. Many of them are pioneers in the finance industry.

Rutgers MQF program offers a variety of courses, covering from financial fundamentals to state-of-art mathematical models. The rich curriculum not only gives us a solid foundation of financial knowledge, but also hands-on experience of building modern econometric and statistical models to solve real problems. The class projects are so practical and useful that interviewers often express strong interest in them.

Location is another important advantage of the MQF. By crossing the Hudson River, we can easily get access to the Wall Street for job fairs and interviews. Big banks and financial firms are also very willing to visit Rutgers for new recruits. Financial experts often come to Rutgers to give lectures and seminars."

 

"Students come from diverse backgrounds and are brought together by a common passion for this growing and exciting area of Finance."

Alex Koh | MQF Class of 2008

"Rutgers University is a top university renowned for its academic excellence. The inter-disciplinary nature of the Master of Quantitative Finance program brings together top professors from various departments within the university, leverages the expertise of these domain experts and exposes the students to the cornerstones of financial engineering. The program is rigorous and strikes a balance between theory and the real world. Such a balance is essential in helping students better understand the dynamics of the financial markets today.

Rutgers University is less than an hour away from New York City. Its close proximity makes it an ideal choice for students planning to seek a career in Manhattan. Students will be able to attend countless educational seminars and conferences held in the city. Such events provide useful insights from the industry and supplement what we have been taught in school. In addition, these events provide excellent opportunities for students to network with other individuals involved in this field.

Students come from diverse backgrounds and are brought together by a common passion for this growing and exciting area of Finance. Interaction and collaboration among the students often bring about refreshing exchanges of ideas.

I am extremely privileged to be a part of this program. The knowledge that I have gained from this program is extremely relevant to my role at JP Morgan. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who aspires to develop a career in the area of Quantitative Finance."

 

"Halfway through having completed this program, my career started."

Erin Kogan | MQF Class of 2006

"I graduated from Rutgers New Brunswick with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics. All I knew was I wanted to take my studies further and wanted to work in finance. It seemed like a perfect solution to apply for the Master of Quantitative Finance program at Rutgers Business School since I had the highest respect for the institution and all of my undergrad professors and classmates. I saw major potential in the program and found the course offerings extremely interesting, exactly what I wanted to study. Also, being in Newark was a major plus because it is so close to New York, the best place to be to start a career in finance. So many resources right at my fingertips.

I couldn't have been more right. There are so many things about this program that proved its worth. For one, the class sizes were small and the students really got to know each other and work together. Also, we got to be very close with the professors who were readily available and eager to help us learn. In addition, the material I learned is still helping me as the level 2 CFA exam approaches.

Halfway through having completed this program, my career started. Our class had taken a tour of the trading floor at Knight Capital Group, where I made great connections to get my foot in the door and from there got offered an internship and eventually a full time job on their program trading desk. Having gained the knowledge from my Masters degree I proved to be an asset to their business. I was completely prepared to take on anything that came my way. All I learned really gave me the confidence to succeed.

I recently switched jobs within my company. Being able to impress my colleagues with the credentials Rutgers allowed me to place on my resume, I obtained my next position. I now am working for Edgetrade, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight Capital Group, helping my clients to understand our algorithms, and helping the programmers understand what the clients need. Although I didn't want to be a programmer, my skills obtained in computer science and math classes have proved invaluable. I am able to be the middle-man and understand both sides of the puzzle, a skill I would not be able to perform my job without.

Like anyone else, I don't know where the future will take me. What I do know, is that having my Masters of Quantitative Finance will always give me a competitive edge."