Master of Financial Mathematics
Class of 2017
I applied to the Financial Mathematics program because I wanted to learn more about mathematical applications for risk management practices in the financial industry. I started with the FQF because I wanted to reinforce my math and programming skills. That was the right thing to do because I successfully transferred to the MFM in year two and graduated with my incoming class. I enjoyed exploring theory and real-life applications of stochastic modeling through the MFM coursework and workshops. The MFM’s academic and career advisers, as well as the broad alumni network were very resourceful in career advising and job-hunting techniques. I am now a Quantitative Risk Analyst at NextEra Energy and I help with modeling and pricing wholesale electricity contracts. The knowledge I gained from the program in derivative pricing, volatility modeling and programming has been tremendously helpful in my current job. I advise new students entering the program, or considering it, to remember that the MFM is very versatile and prepares students to adapt in various fields within quantitative finance. Make sure you take the time to explore what area appeals to you within this fascinating and wide field. I really enjoy my work in Florida; but I miss the robust network of friends, professionals and academicians I formed relationships with while in the program. The good news is that they are only a text, an email, a WhatsApp or a WeChat away!