Information for Recruiters
Thank you for your interest in considering candidates from our Master of
Science in Financial Mathematics program for positions at your
company. Our graduates bring with them strong quantitative and
computational skills honed through their course work in the program; many
also have research experience in financial mathematics with faculty who are
leaders in the field. With their prior exposure to the financial industry
in addition, we believe you will find them well suited to meet your
Please see below for additional information about our program's graduates
and about posting open positions within your company.
We look forward to working with you.
Tze Leung Lai, PhD
Master of Science in Financial Mathematics Program
The program collects a student resume book, which is updated each quarter during the academic year. If you are an employer or recruiter and would like to request a copy, contact the Student Services Officer at finmathinfo@ lists.stanford.edu.
Posting a Position
To post a position please contact us.
When sending an open position please make sure to include the following information: Position Title, Company name (website address), contact info, Job Description (job responsibilities, educational background, and desired experience), Start Date, and Submission instructions.
The Financial Math program reserves the right to edit postings as neccessary.
About our Program
There are roughly 40 students in the program. About 60% of these are external students who come to Stanford for the sole purpose of pursuing the FM-MS degree, 30% are current Stanford PhD students (from fields such as Mathematics, Statistics, Management Science & Engineering (MS&E),
Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME), Economics and Business), and 10% are current Stanford undergraduates pursuing a Coterminal FM-MS degree. This breakdown also reflects the composition of the program alumni (275 as of June 2011).
We admit roughly 8% of external applicants to our program each December. Most of those we admit are also admitted to some of the other top U.S. programs in financial mathematics. About 85% of the incoming class begins classes in the autumn quarter (late September), with 15% opting to start in the summer quarter (late June). With the advice of our faculty and of peer students, each student selects his/her own set of electives and pace of study. Depending on these choices it takes between 9 to 15 months to complete the program.
Of the program graduates, 15-20% continue on to higher education (PhD or faculty positions) and 80-85% assume positions in the financial industry, typically as quantitative modelers, or traders.
These alumni are employees of companies such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Barclays, JP Morgan, Citi, and UBS, as well as hedge funds, banks and other firms.
Many of our alumni are based in New York, but some are based in London, some in Asia and some in the San Francisco Bay Area.