The rSBI Certificate in Finance & Economics

The Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation (rSBI) Program

Concentrations and Courses

Financial Data Analytics and FinTech

This concentration introduces students to the use of financial analytics used by finance practitioners. It provides a strong and rigorous introduction to the use of financial applications in fintech and machine learning.

Concentration Course Descriptions

The courses below are specific to the Finance & Economics concentrations listed above; however, other courses are available within other master's level programs that students can take through the rSBI program.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Assuming the students have no prior knowledge in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, it is important to introduce basic concepts and an overview of the blockchain landscape. Furthermore, the course will explain blockchain and crypto market microstructure concepts and then we will introduce students to different data sources of both blockchain data and crypto market data. As a blockchain data scientist or a cryptocurrency analyst you would need to analyze data and understand the present and future value and risk of the blockchain project and/or the cryptocurrency, similar to analyzing any company or financial instrument.

  • Course Number: 22:839:635
  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of Python
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-Person, Online
  • Offered By: MQF
  • Available By: Fall 2020

Machine Learning in Finance and Economics

The course has three parts. The first part introduces fundamentals and traditional machine learning techniques including cross validation, regularization, regression trees, ensemble methods, random forests, and gradient boosting. Python libraries scikit-learn (‘sklearn’) and XGBoost will be used. The second part will provide an introduction to Deep Learning. Instead of treating deep neural networks as just another powerful algorithms, we will emphasize what they make possible in financial applications that are difficult or impossible to achieve with earlier methods. Keras and Tensorflow will be used. Cloud computing will also be introduced to facilitate data management and training of these models. The third part of the course is more experiential. Small student teams will work on projects to apply the techniques covered in the course. Projects will use real data and attempt to solve real problems faced in financial industry. The students will have flexibility to choose their topic based on their interest. Applications may focus on asset return predictions, credit risk, mergers, and real estate values among others.

  • Course Number: 22:839:636
  • Prerequisites: 22:390:603 or 22:839:603 Investment Analysis AND Ability to write non-trivial code in Matlab and Python
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In Person
  • Offered By: MQF
  • Available By: Fall 2020

Financial Forecasting and Simulation

Forecasts of financial variables play a prominent role in financial and business decision-making. This course provides an overview of modern statistical and econometric methods for predicting financial variables and evaluating forecasts. Students will develop an understanding of the basic components of a forecasting model, how to build their own forecasting models, and how to evaluate the performance of forecasting models. We emphasize intuitive understanding of the basic concepts and techniques and practical applications to real-world data. Topics covered include linear projections; modeling and forecasting trend, seasonality and cycles; AR, MA, ARMA, ARIMA, and VAR models; forecasting with fundamentals; conditional forecasting models and scenarios analysis (stress testing); evaluating and combining forecasts; unit roots, cointegration and stochastic trends; smoothing and shrinkage; ARCH, GARCH and volatility forecast; unobserved components models and Kalman filter forecasting; data snooping, bootstrap, and reality check.

  • Course Number: 22:839:637
  • Prerequisites: Ability to write non-trivial code in Matlab and Python. Basic calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and econometrics.
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In Person
  • Offered By: MQF
  • Available By: Spring 2020

Enrollment to Open 2021- Request Information

Enrollment for The Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation Program (rSBI) will begin in 2021, however; you can start taking courses today as a non-matriculated student to get exposure to the high-quality content this program has to offer. To express interest in the Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation Program (rSBI) or enroll in a course, please complete the form below we will contact you.


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Luke Greeley

Program Director
Distinguished Professor Benjamin Melamed

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