Accelerated BA/MS Degree
Are you a Rutgers Undergrad Interested in Pursuing Masters in Mathematical Finance?
Complete an undergraduate degree in four years and the MS in just one academic year, with minimum additional time and expense. With careful planning, best begun during the sophomore year.
Interested students are welcome at any time to seek the advice of the:
- Mathematical Finance Master's Program Director (finmath (at) math.rutgers.edu)
Students are encouraged to use Summer school, especially following the junior and senior years, to ensure their courses are completed on schedule. The Departments of Mathematics and Statistics offer most of the advanced prerequisite undergraduate courses during the Summer semesters, and some graduate courses (for example, Statistics 16:960:563 and 16:960:583). Summer school tuition rates are discounted from regular undergraduate tuition rates and some courses are offered during the evening.
Official University Transcripts
Arrange for one official copy of your transcripts from all post-high school (post-secondary school) colleges or universities attended (including Rutgers) to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcripts received opened are not official and will not be used in the review process. If you are admitted, you will be asked to provide a final official transcript reflecting your completed degree.
Official, translated copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to Rutgers Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applicants are required to obtain an official evaluation of their foreign transcript through an accredited organization such as World Education Services (WES) or Globe Language Services. Transcripts must be certified for authenticity and for U.S. equivalency.
All test scores must be submitted directly by ETS to the Office of Graduate Admissions on request of the applicant. Self-reported test scores, including copies of ETS reports mailed to students, will not be used for evaluating an application for admission. Rutgers University (New Brunswick/Piscataway campus) Institution code: 2790. Rutgers does not utilize department codes. Enter "00" when asked for a department code.
International applicants whose first language is not English and who have not recently completed a degree requiring two or more years of study in an English-speaking country must take the TOEFL. A Minimum TOEFL score requirements are occasionally waived in exchange for a commitment from the applicant to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Rutgers or prior to admission.
Acceptable IELTS score is a band of 7 again broken into 4 categories but an average of 7 final score.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation.
Current or former university instructors familiar with your academic performance in prerequisite courses should write your recommendations; letters from current employers or managers are rarely useful. Your recommendations should directly address your suitability for admission to the Mathematical Finance program, including your quantitative and analytic strengths and weaknesses, communication skills (in English), maturity and focus, and potential for future excellence. The most helpful letters give specific examples of the writer's direct observation of the applicant's accomplishments during class or office hours and avoid merely describing the applicant in positive but vague terms. Here is a recommendation letter form (pdf), if you forget to request recommendation letters by email when completing the online application.
The Supplementary Form
The Supplementary Form allows our Admissions Committee to accurately assess whether or not you have the prerequisites (or equivalent courses) necessary to succeed in our program.
Please see the instructions below to complete the from:
- Please download the supplementary form and complete the form by filling the relevant and accurate information.
- Upload your completed Supplementary Form (see below for instructions) at the Graduate Admissions Uploading Your Supporting Materials web page within three (3) days of submitting your main online application form and fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Do not email the Supplementary Form to the Office of Graduate Admissions or the Mathematical Finance Program Office.
Your personal statement should be concise, two (2) pages maximum, with one (1) page preferred. This is not an essay. Please explain in simple, plain language why you are interested in pursuing a degree in Mathematical Finance, describe any current or past employment or internship in the financial industry, what type of career you plan to pursue upon graduation, and how our degree program will help you achieve your career goals.
You must submit a resume (curriculum vitae), two (2) pages maximum, one (1) page preferred.