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Top 10 Graduate Financial Engineering Schools

Financial engineering is a discipline based in finance that applies the tenets of engineering, programming, and mathematics to reach fruitful ends. Students who pursue graduate degrees in this field normally have a wide variety of interests outside of finance or business. Students in these programs will take courses in statistics, information technology, and math so that they may reach an advanced understanding of their key areas of concentration. Students who earn financial engineering graduate degrees are qualified to hold high level positions in top corporations. Many PhD graduates will research and teach at top universities.

While it is difficult to compile a list of the top graduate financial engineering programs, these schools below are some of the top finance schools that also offer opportunities for students to concentrate on financial engineering. These schools encourage students to branch out into interdisciplinary study, which allows them to develop unique perspectives of the field of finance. This list is based on information provided by U.S. News and World Report.

  1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) The Wharton Finance Department is considered to be the most prestigious in the country. While this department offers MBA programs with finance concentrations that allow students to study financial engineering by incorporating knowledge from other disciplines, the PhD track allows students to work independently with faculty members.
  2. University of Chicago (Booth) The Booth PhD in Finance is a highly selective program for advanced students who are interested in the academic study of financial systems in a number of different contexts. In the incorporation of financial economics as a dual degree option make this an ideal school for the study of financial engineering.
  3. New York University (Stern) The Stern Department of Finance is known for its cutting edge contribution to today's markets. Students who choose to concentrate in financial engineering will study market behavior from a number of different perspectives and used a number of various disciplines to reach meaningful and unique results.
  4. Columbia University This is degree is part of the School of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. This is a one-year MS degree that first allows students to learn about an interdisciplinary approach to finance. The second half of the program allows students to pursue individual areas of study while preparing for careers in the field.
  5. Stanford University The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers a Master of Science in Financial Engineering that prepares students for their careers by allowing them to explore the most current research methods and theories and by allowing them to develop essential professional networks that will assist them in earning high level positions after graduation.
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) The Sloan School of Management offers an MBA with a financial engineering concentration. The school also features a financial engineering laboratory that is an excellent resource for research.
  7. Harvard University The Harvard Business School is commonly ranked among the best in the country. While an MBA program is normally a general education, the PhD allows students to choose area of concentration. Students wishing to pursue financial engineering degrees will look to do much interdisciplinary work.
  8. Northwestern University (Kellogg) The Kellogg School of Business offers an MBA program that allows students to concentrate on financial engineering after learning a core education.
  9. University of California--Berkeley (Haas) The Haas Master of Financial Engineering is considered to be one of the most innovative in the country.
  10. University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson) The unique financial engineering master's program at Anderson attracts students from all over the world.
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