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Financial Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Why choose Illinois MSFE?

Opportunity is everywhere and the financial industry is the place to find it - but with opportunity comes risk. Natural disasters happen. Prices collapse. Customers default. New products are developed. New markets emerge. Complex financial institutions and markets are designed to handle these opportunities. But people need to know how to make those institutions and markets work. Regulators need to understand how to guide them successfully. Businesses have to be able to use them to solve their own risk management tasks. All of this takes sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques, combining expertise in finance, economics, and engineering.

We teach the skills needed for quantitative analysis of financial instruments and markets. Our graduates are able to take these tools to corporations, financial institutions, and regulatory bodies, to use these markets to manage risk effectively today – and to develop the techniques and institutions to manage the new risk challenges of tomorrow.

What is Financial Engineering?

Financial Engineering is the application of quantitative methods to the analysis of financial markets and financial products. The quantitative techniques include, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Machine Learning and Data Analytics. The applications include the search for profitable opportunities or for deriving solutions to financial problems.

The Illinois Financial Engineering program will advance your tools to conduct quantitative analysis of course, but, more important it will show you how to apply these tools in the real world.


The U.S News and World Report rank the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the sixth best for Graduate Programs in the US.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Statistical Methods in Finance
  • Financial Computing
  • Professional Development
  • Numerical Methods in Finance
  • Financial Derivatives

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, or bachelor equivalent, typically in an engineering field, mathematics, physics, computer science, or economic
  • 1 year of Calculus
  • 1 semester of Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • 1 semester of Probability and Statistics
  • 1 semester of Programming (preferably in C/C++)
  • GRE or GMAT
  • TOEFL or IELTS for all applicants whose native language is not English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    68400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 68400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    68400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 68400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    68400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 68400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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