MFE Programs in Canada

#1
Hi everyone:
I'm an applicant for 2010 mmf program at U of T and Quant Finance program at U of W.

Coming from Calgary, anyone can suggest a third program from maybe a different school?

Thanks.
 

DanM

Math Student
#2
There really aren't that many opportunities for graduate studies in Quant Finance in Canada. UofT and U of W are the most notable. York University has a graduate diploma in FE that can be taken concurrently with an MBA or a Master's in Math. That's about it.

I'm in Toronto, so I've done a lot of research on this topic around this area.
 

Theal

New Member
#3
On the similar note, does anyone happen to know the quality of and the industry respect for such degrees? I'm currently studying at waterloo and have to make a decision regarding grad school reasonably soon, and though I may yet just stick to my (CS) guns, I've been considering going the route of a MFE/MFM/MQF (hence registering on these forums).
 

DanM

Math Student
#4
On the similar note, does anyone happen to know the quality of and the industry respect for such degrees? I'm currently studying at waterloo and have to make a decision regarding grad school reasonably soon, and though I may yet just stick to my (CS) guns, I've been considering going the route of a MFE/MFM/MQF (hence registering on these forums).
You mean math finance degrees from Canadian Universities, or just MFE in general?

As far as math finance in Canada, UofT has a very good reputation, and from what I hear, a very good placement rate. It's a very reputable program, and respected by employers.

I have not heard much about Waterloo's MQF - but it's fairly new, isn't it?
 

Theal

New Member
#5
Yes, sorry, the canadian ones.

And you're right, the MQF at waterloo is just two years old IIRC, so I suppose it woudn't have much of a name yet. It took the place of the masters in finance though, so I was half wondering if it would get any residual sort of reputation from that. Obviously very differant lines of study, but looking at the course list it seems to have a bit more focus on "soft" finance then some other programs.

In any case thanks. I'll do a little more snooping myself, but hearing a least one other (maybe biased ;) ) person's opinion on it helps.
 
#6
I guess it's ture that in Canada we don't have that many of choices.
U of T and U of W seems to be the only two good places for most ppl.
I heard from one of my M.F prof, he also mentioned that McMaster's Finance Math program is reputable; might be my third choice tho.

U of Calgary won't open MMF program untill like 2 years from now :smt015
 

DanM

Math Student
#7
McMaster has a graduate math finance program?

---------- Post added at 02:40 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:34 PM ----------

You're right! I haven't heard of it until now - it's fairly new.

Of the nine students in the first graduating M-Phimac class of 2007-08,
8 students gained employment in the finance industry, while one elected to
pursue a PhD. The 2008-2009 graduating class comprised 8 students who

are currently finding employment in banks at a similar pace.

http://www.math.mcmaster.ca/graduate/M-Phimac_brochure_2009.pdf
 
#8
8 ppl class is fairly small~ Hopefully that means more chance to get in touch with your profs in the industry.
Well, McMaster would be 3rd choice then.

Seems like all the good schools with good Math Finance programs are in the East, West would only be UBC left, never heard of anything from there tho...
 

Ted

New Member
#9
I believe UW's MQF has been around for like over 10 years and was one of the first in Canada. They only changed the name the 2 years ago.
 
#12
HEC Montreal and Ecole Polytechnic

French speaking tho. 100% placement basically in Montreal.
HEC has a financial engineering program. (2 year program -- MsC)

Ecole Polytechnique does NOT have a financial engineering program. But they do offer masters program in Operational Research. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask, I attend this school.
 

juheba

New Member
#19
@ Dibbs

Dibbs,

I am at Polytechnique Montreal too (applied math). Didn't think anyone else in the program was interested in quant / finance applications.

Shoot me an email, we'll talk:

julien.hebert-nguyen at polymtl.ca

Cheers.

J.
 

juheba

New Member
#20
@ AlexandreB

Alex, if I'm not mistaken you're a graduate from UDM computational finance program right?
If so, would you be willing to exchange emails to talk about the program a bit. My email is on my previous reply.

Thanks.

J.
 
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