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Quantitative Finance Major with a Minor in Economics and Mathematics, B.S.

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The B.S. degree with a major in quantitative finance is designed to prepare students for careers in financial engineering, structured finance, financial modeling, securitization, actuarial science, financial analysis and portfolio management. The focus of this major is on problem solving in the quantitative areas of finance with an added emphasis on the application of complex securities to a variety of financial situations.

The quantitative finance program, which is a cross disciplinary major with many courses co-listed with the math department, is a highly structured program requiring minor fields in both mathematics and economics, though many students choose to double major in mathematics and quantitative finance. If the double major is selected, students are required to take ECON 200 , ECON 201  and ECON 331 , but are not required to complete the economics minor. Students electing this program should consult with their major adviser as early as possible to identify the appropriate course sequencing. Students electing to double major in mathematics and quantitative finance should also consult with a mathematics adviser as soon as possible.

Students enrolled in James Madison University who wish to change their major to quantitative finance must first complete the change of major form, available from the Registrar’s Office website, signed by either the Department of Finance and Business Law department head or the quantitative finance major adviser.

Quantitative Finance Major with a minor in Economics and Mathematics

Degree Requirements

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Free electives 11 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) and electives 65 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education requirement .

Major Requirements

General Required Course: 3 Credit Hours


1 General Education requirement Cluster Three .


2 General Education requirement Cluster Four .
3 Satisfies the scientific literacy requirement.

Total: 75 Credit Hours

Risk Management Concentration

Though not required, quantitative finance majors may elect the risk management concentration. Student electing this concentration will be taking specific electives and two additional electives. Students may add this concentration to their program when they progress to FIN 380 .

Quantitative finance majors who wish to declare the risk management concentration may do so after successfully completing FIN 250  or any semester following.

A focus in risk management is designed for qualitative finance majors pursuing a more in-depth review of the issues facing organizations and the tools needed to address those uncertainties. In the risk management concentration, students focus on the theory of risk management, risk identification, risk measurement and applications in the form of risk modeling techniques such as Value-at-Risk and Monte Carlo simulations.

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Additional Information

FIN 450  is a requirement for quantitative finance majors and FIN 451 , FIN 471  and FIN 475  are possible electives for this major. Students electing this concentration take two courses beyond the typical quantitative finance major.

Transfer Credit

In general, all finance course work must be completed at JMU. Transfer credit for finance courses is awarded only in certain circumstances. In no case will transfer credit be awarded for FIN 488. Advanced Financial Policy . Contact the department head for more information on transfer credit.

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