Thursday’s Headlines: A New Jersey College Offers Bachelor's Degree in Quantitative Finance

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Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. offers a rare undergraduate program: a degree in quantitative finance, which are often only available at the graduate level, reports Businessweek.

Officials at Stevens thought offering the degree at the undergraduate level would benefit the students.

This thinking stems in part from a poll conducted by Stevens in 2008 of companies such as Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. The poll asked if the companies would consider hiring bachelor’s degree holders for positions that require master’s degrees. The companies responded that they would be willing to consider it if the prospects had the right knowledge and skills.

The program was launched the following year with 10 students. Last year it grew to 31.

In the program, students take seven semesters of computer science courses and a variety of classes that combine economics and markets lessons computer engineering work. In their freshman and sophomore years, students are divided into groups where they managed simulated portfolio.

The students also learn two lessons critical to surviving on Wall Street: how to be competitive and what it’s like to lose.

 

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