Program Overview

Developed in collaboration between the Belk College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Mathematical Finance program at UNC Charlotte provides a balanced approach to broadening your understanding of financial modeling. As a student in the program, you’ll gain a solid background in finance while using your mathematical skills to identify, measure and manage risk.

The Mathematical Finance program is designed to prepare students to pursue financial careers in a variety of industries. Graduates of the program have gone onto careers in investment banking, financial modeling, software development, risk management, trading desk support and portfolio management.

To earn the Master of Science in Mathematical Finance degree a student must complete 30 semester hours (10 graduate classes) of advanced course work and pass a comprehensive exam. Learn more about the curriculum here.


Program Outline

The M.S. in Mathematical Finance program is comprised of 30 graduate credit hours: a core curriculum in mathematical skills and financial modeling (18 hours), a concentration to be selected from one of three options (12 hours), and a final, comprehensive examination. 


The M.S. in Mathematical Finance program is structured for both full-time and part-time students. Some of our students attend full-time and finish in 12-16 months. Working professionals who attend part-time usually take 24-30 months to complete the program.

Core courses are offered twice a year at either UNC Charlotte's main campus or The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City located in the heart of center city Charlotte.

Tuition and Fees

The M.S. in Mathematical Finance program offers a top-quality graduate education with an outstanding return on investment. In keeping with the tradition of the UNC system, UNC Charlotte offers very affordable tuition rates for North Carolina residents. Out-of-state students also realize tremendous economic value.  More information about tuition and fees.

International Students

STEM: The Mathematical Finance program is a designated STEM program allowing for a total of 29 months of OPT. 

Early Entry

Exceptional UNC Charlotte undergraduate students are able to apply to the MS in Mathematical Finance program as an early-entry student and begin graduate coursework before completing their undergraduate degree. More information on this program.

Academic Affiliate


UNC Charlotte is an Academic Affiliate of the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF), which is the not-for-profit, professional society dedicated to fostering the profession of quantitative finance by providing platforms to discuss cutting-edge and pivotal issues in the field. The IAQF is composed of individual academics and practitioners from banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, pension funds, asset managers, technology firms, regulators, accounting, consulting and law firms, and universities across the globe.