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NYU Tandon School of Engineering - MS in Financial Engineering

Bridging Financial Theory and Practice

  1. Carmen Montes de Oca
    Full-Time and Part-Time
    $52,935 (Total cost of program including tuition and fees based on 2014-2015 rates)
    Brooklyn, NY
    At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, we train our students to do exactly that: to engineer the future of finance and transform financial theory into practice. Launched in 1995, the MS in Financial Engineering at the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering was the second program of its kind anywhere. The MS in Financial Engineering program furnishes students with foundational knowledge in financial concepts. This knowledge then becomes a springboard to specialized fields where students can apply concepts to everything from derivatives risk finance to financial IT and algorithmic trading on Big Data.


    The Department receives a large number of applications every year. To be considered for admission into the MS in Financial Engineering program, students must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and proven mathematical proficiency in:
    • Linear Algebra
    • Probability Theory
    • Calculus
    • Applied Statistics
    • Computer Programming
    Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended as well as GRE test scores. When applicable, applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency to be determined by the TOEFL score.

    Applications received: 781
    New students enrolled: 163
    Average undergraduate GPA: 3.62
    Average Quant GRE score*: 168.6
    Average Verbal GRE score*: 154.8
    Average TOEFL score: 100.7

    *GRE scores on the new 130 – 170 scale

    The program requires completion of 33 credits to qualify for graduation. FRE offers over 80 courses, taught by faculty with extensive practical expertise, who produce world-class research while teaching both introductory and advanced courses in a small class setting.
    To earn a Master of Science in Financial Engineering, students must complete 33 credits to qualify for graduation, as follows:
    • 5 core courses (15 credits)
    • Track-required courses (7.5 credits)*
    • 1 applied lab (1.5 credits)
    • 4 elective courses (6 credits)
    • Capstone experience (3 credits)
    Students follow one of four different tracks as they earn their degree:
    • Financial Markets and Corporate Finance
    • Computational Finance
    • Technology and Algorithmic Finance
    • Risk Finance
    There are four types of Capstone experiences: theses, projects, special topics, and internships. Additionally, students must successfully complete the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Program and earn the Acknowledgement of Completion.

    For more information, please visit the program's website:
    Finance and Risk Engineering

Recent Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    I am a fall 2016 MFE student.

    Now we have Dr Peter Carr as the director. And the program is obviously improving now. He hired several noted professors from the industry. He is working on the placement, hiring the placement officer, inviting the guest speaker to the seminar.

    Pros: the curriculum is well diversified. We could freely choose different tracks. The location is excellent. And the careernet of NYU is very useful for students.

    Cons: There are some core courses that seem to be irrelevant to the financial engineering. Some professors are not dedicated to teaching.
  2. richard yang
    richard yang
    Couple reviews above seem butthurt (sorry for being blunt, well.. not really sorry). Like all MFE programs out here, it's a professional degree. If you want the jobs bad enough, you go out and get it, network, talk to people in the industry. School only takes you so far, you should also pick up stuff on your own, and quite frankly you learn most O.T.J. and its a continuous learning process.

    If you hope to have a job handed to you by the time you graduate, boy maybe you are just in the wrong industry. Absolutely Caltech, Princeton students do get frequently targetted/approached by HRs, and you have to go the extra mile to land an interview, but once you're in, its a level playing field.

    but i digressed, there has been big shift in the industry, specifically on the sellside. Greater emphasis on risk management, modelling more focused on time series and statistical learning. School tries to accommodate, next year (from what I heard) they are bringing in a new professor in machine learning.

    School provides curriculum in programming, numerical methods, derivatives and sto calc, if you are interested in particular asset class, there are special topics class in commodities, interest rate, credit and abs. They are more than enough to prep you for the interviews.

    If you are into hardcore research/modelling role, I don't think any of the mfe programs out there will prepare you for it, unless you have a prior phd background.

    Job Placement:
    Granted I wish there were bit more help from school on the career services front, I have enjoyed the job searching process (even though it has been a long, stressful process, I do appreciate it, the experience could be useful down the road). Received offer from bb asset management, risk management, and consulting. Job market has been pretty tough on S&T front, thanks to volcker, and possibly worse with frtb coming online. I also know couple classmates decided to go into analytics, big data.

    You do get a lot of interviews with bulge brackets GS/JPM/MS etc in strat/market risk/quant related roles. Again, S&T is almost nonexistent, but that's the same for everyone.

    Student Body:
    Majority asian/indian, as quant industry in general.

    PM me if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
  3. Anonymous
    I am a fall 2015 MFE student, and I rate this program as tier 2.

    Pros: 1) The location is good, along with lots of job opportunities. 2) The career service is very professional, especially the On Campus Recruitment (OCR) System, which reflects NYU's high reputation in financial service. 3) The courses are very diversified, covering all finance areas. 4) Audition is possible, and you can audit Courant's class if you want.

    Cons: 1) Some professors are good at teaching, but others are not. 2) The career service of the program is not as good as the one of the university.

    Totally speaking, the platform is well established, and the program is suitable for those of high self-motivation.
  4. Anonymous
    The quality of the program is sub-par.

    Some professors, especially those for core courses, do not speak english at a fluent enough level. Many other professors simply come in once a week to teach class. Office hours are normally held by the TAs, who more often than not do not even show up unless you make an appointment with them before.

    The biggest drawback of this program is that it's simply not targetted by financial firms. Those who are recruiting at NYU tend to recruit out of Stern or Courant, or are looking exclusively for undergraduate students. The majority of On Campus Recruitment (OCR) jobs in the financial services industry on NYU Careernet do not allow Masters' students to even apply. The job fairs that are held on the Tandon campus are mostly from firms looking to recruit for technical positions such as computer programming instead of finance positions.

    NYU Tandon does not even release placement numbers for its financial engineering program.

    The program is a very awkward hybrid of finance, computer programming and mathematics; the problem is, recruiters who are hiring for any one of these fields tend to look elsewhere. This program is fine if you are an international student, have a job lined up and simply need to complete a program to get work authorization. If you want to study in a program that will help you find a job by teaching the necessary skills and connecting with the right employers, look elsewhere.
  5. Anonymous
    Below is an email from a professor at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

    1. How many full-time students and part-time students will be enrolled in this program(2014 Fall)?
    We try to have between 75 and 90 new students each fall. Sometimes there are more, sometimes fewer. Almost all are full-time — perhaps 90%.

    2. How is the diversity of students like? How many are Chinese students?
    Students right now come from (I think) 23 countries. As we look for students with the highest mathematical abilities and China has a wonderful mathematical education for young people there are a lot of students from China — right now, about 1/2 of the student population.

    3. How is the placement of international graduates?
    Job placement depends mostly on the strength of the economy. Things have been getting better each year since the crisis of 2008-9, but we are not yet back to the days of 2007. Our top international students generally have good job offers, and some have multiple offers to choose between. Our average students usually get good jobs too. The students who graduate with the lowest grades or who have problems presenting themselves in English or as professionals take longer time to get employed. As a rule, students don’t tell me everything about their situations so what I am writing to you is a summary of anecdotal data and not the results of statistical analysis.
  6. fake
    I am a second year student in this program. It has been changed a lot. Sto Calc is now one semester's long (3 cr), tracks and courses are more flexible. Lab courses and topics/practice courses are well organized and diversed. NYU resources are fully opened to us. Most poly FE students got on-campus interviews from those big names. Many international students (at least half) secured summer internships in New York area including BB and top consulting firms. I am super confident that the program is within one of the most valuable programs.
  7. reda
    A program where you can either get out as a hero or a zero

    What do you think is unique about this program?
    The program all together is decent, it doesn't focus on Financial Engineering, the track system makes it that you obtain a masters in corporate Finance or actuarial sciences instead of a pure FE degree. So you get to readjust yourself based on what part of the financial industry you want to work for. it Has an enormous amount of classes, and so choice won't be a problem.

    What are the weakest points about this program?
    The choices offered in this program can either make you a hero or a zero, I personally recommend to take Maymin's classes as well as High frequency trading, if you pick your classes and your professors well you will get the most value out of this program. However if you go for easy classes you might get your degree without learning much.
    1.5 credit system isn't appropriate for most classes, Derivative Algorithms and Stochastic Processes should be 3 credits at least.Remove Econ as a required class, nobody needs it. Finally instead of tracks just have masters in FE, actuarial science or MS in Finance.

    Career services
    NYU careerLink is where I got most internship interview calls it's a large university so companies reach out for NYU students. Poly's career service is almost inexistant for FE students.

    Student body
    A lot of communautarism in this program, some times I get into the class and half of it is chinese taking the right side and indians the back left and then the rest of the world. Chinese hang out with Chinese only, and make it hard for a strong student relationship, specially when they speak broken english and prefer to speak their own language instead.

    So why the hopeful 4/5, well because of the merger with NYU, things improve and you can feel it. I heard stochastic will be a required class, Quant finance is made harder and most importantly the next batch of applicants will know huge selectivity. The department is trying to make the program more technical to be at par with Courant, so give it 2,3 years either poly FRE department will be merged into Courant or vice versa.
  8. Guest
    A very broad program which covers all aspects of the Financial Industry

    What do you think is unique about this program?
    It's location, access to an incubator and select faculty.

    What are the weakest points about this program?
    Very poor focus and exposure to Investment Banking. No jobs for students choosing to mould their course work towards Capital Markets. Very bad at providing relevant jobs.

    Career services
    Very bad. All jobs posted were channeled towards computer science.

    Student body
    Majority were Indian and Chinese. Very few of american nationality
  9. Anonymous
    It's what you make of it

    What do you think is unique about this program?
    The program in its current state is not exactly a Financial Engineering degree, more like a bunch of courses ranging from corporate finance, to technology, to true financial engineering courses. There are students who are happy taking simple courses and breezing though, while there are some taking harder courses depending on their interests, it's really up to the student. At the same time, the merger with NYU has provided an opportunity to to gain exposure to the vast resources of NYU, including Courant (for the people who want more quant) and Stern (for the more business oriented students). Like most other universities in the area, New York as a location is definitely a plus point.

    What are the weakest points about this program?
    It offers a huge number of courses to choose from, so a lot of the times students end up learning a little of everything, which is not very helpful. The concept of 1.5 credits according to me does not work, 7 weeks to understand Stochastic Calculus is definitely not enough (need minimum 3 credits, I would say it's more like 6).

    Career services
    Career services for FE specifically, is almost non-existent, being part of an engineering school a lot of the companies are geared to hire hardcore engineering students, I was in this state while looking for internships and was on my own. But, the merger with NYU has opened up a huge portal through their Career services, going forward it should only get better. I was in this position while looking for full-time opportunities and definitely got a lot more interviews.

    Student body
    There was no student body when I joined. But, started picking up, I think it's from batch to batch. Since there are so many courses being offered students don't really to get to know everyone, because of which the alumni network also suffers.

    This review was submitted anonymously
  10. anonymous
    A practical approach to Financial Engineering

    What do you think is unique about this program?
    The biggest advantage of this program is that you learn from practitioners. Professors who are or have worked in the industry tend to have a much different view of finance than someone who is a pure academician. Most courses are not heavy on the math and instead they incline towards helping you gain the underlying intuition. My star picks from this course would be classes taken with Prof. Philip Maymin, Prof. Peter Cai, Prof. Andery Itkin, and Prof. Nasim Taleb.

    What are the weakest points about this program?
    I felt throughout the program that there should be more focus on certain concepts of math and programming. There were many 7courses which needed a full 3 credits to do justice to them, 7 lectures is just not enough. Programming should be incorporated more strongly, especially for implementation of the concepts that you learn.

    Career services
    The Career services offered by NYU are quite good. A structured On-Campus recruiting along with a very active career website gives you umpteen resources to find yourself a job.

    Most jobs are into Risk Management, Valuations, Financial consultancies, financial software firms. Though is highly depends on your skill set. Sales and Trading is also an option.

    Student body
    The students in this program are helpful and smart. Most of them being new to finance have a keen enthusiasm to learn and explore this domain.

    There is a Trading club which is a good forum to get yourself started. In the past two years our team has entered the CME Commodity Trading challenge Championship Round by qualifying in the top 16 of 160 teams globally.