Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF) Program

Prepare for the future of finance.

Program Highlights

  • The most innovative program that prepares students for the future of finance.
  • Courses taught by research active faculty with Ph.D. degrees from reputable universities who bring the most current subject knowledge into the classroom.
  • A STEM-designated program that allows international students to work in the U.S. for 36 months after graduation without a work visa.
  • Preparation for obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession.
  • UNLV is among the top three percent of U.S. universities that receive the “very high research activity” designation by the Carnegie Foundation. Lee Business School is among the top one percent of business schools worldwide that hold dual accreditation in business and accounting by AACSB.

Why UNLV Lee Business School MSQF program?

  • UNLV is among the top three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S. that are classified as R1 “very high research activity” status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Only 130 U.S. institutions have this distinction.
  • Lee Business School is among the top one percent of business schools worldwide that hold international dual accreditation in business and accounting by AACSB, the premier accrediting organization for business education. Only 175 U.S. business schools hold this dual accreditation.
  • The MSQF program is innovative, leading-edge, affordable, and can be completed in 12- months.
  • Courses will be taught by research active faculty with Ph.D. degrees from reputable universities, who bring the most current subject knowledge into the classroom.
  • Students will obtain the newest knowledge of finance, advanced statistical and econometric skills to manipulate and analyze large financial datasets, and exposure to the latest Fintech applications.
  • The MSQF program is STEM designated that allows international students to obtain relevant work experience in the U.S. for 36 months after graduation without being sponsored for a work visa (e.g., H-1B) by an employer.
  • The MSQF program prepares students for obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, which is well recognized and sought after in the investment management profession.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Graduates with quantitative finance degrees often work in various analyst or leadership positions in corporate finance, investment management, investment banking, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity, risk management, trading, commercial banking, insurance, or regulatory institutions.
  • The finance department at UNLV engages with reputable prospective employers to facilitate internship and placement opportunities for students.
  • Networking opportunities through various speaker and student events are a part of students’ life on campus. The LEE Career and Professional Development Center and UNLV Office of International Students and Scholars office provides advising to students seeking employment opportunities.
  • This program will also prepare students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in finance.
  • Based on reported data from other U.S. MS Finance programs, the average starting salary exceeds $65,000.
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Tuition and Fees

Estimated program tuition and fees for 30 credits of MSQF Coursework:

  • Nevada Residents: $17, 467.50
  • Out-of-State U.S. Residents: $31,939.50
  • International Residents: $32,229.50

Estimated additional expenses:

  • Other UNLV Related Fees: $1,000 per year
  • Health Insurance (full time students): $2,450 per year [Fall, Spring, Summer]
  • Rent, Utilities, Food: $12,000 per year
  • Travel and Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $3,000 per year

Scholarships

All scholarships deadlines are dates prior to the fall semester you intend to start the program.

Graduate college scholarships and fellowships

Deadline: Dec. 1
For more information and to apply visit the scholarships page.

Need-based Scholarships

Deadline: March. 1
Several scholarships are available each year. For more information and to apply visit the scholarships page.

Merit-based graduate assistantships

Deadline: March 1
3-4 assistantships chosen each year. For more information contact Dr. Daniel Chi at daniel.chi@unlv.edu.

Program Contacts

For questions or inquiries, including those related to applications or admissions, please contact Professor Daniel Chi at daniel.chi@unlv.edu.

Meet the Faculty

Courses required for the Master of Science in Qualitative Finance degree are taught by research-active faculty with Ph.D. degrees from reputable universities who bring the most current subject knowledge into the classroom.

Saeyoung Chang, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair of Finance

Office: BEH 522
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-3967
Fax: 702-895-4630

Patricia Butler

Administrative Assistant III

Office: BEH 514
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-3650
Fax: 702-895-4630

Robert Chatfield, Ph.D.

Professor

Robert Chatfield
Office: BEH 528
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-3019
Fax: 702-895-4630

Jianxin Daniel Chi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF) Program

Jianxin Daniel Chi
Office: BEH 535
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-3493
Fax: 702-895-4630

Suengmook (Sam) Choi, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: BEH 534
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-4668
Fax: 702-895-4630

Melvin (Mel) Jameson, Ph.D.

Professor
Director of International Initiatives

Portrait of Mel Jameson
Office: BEH 520
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-1025
Fax: 702-895-4630

Scott Lee, Ph.D.

Lincy Professor of Finance

Office: BEH 524
Mail Code: 6009
Phone: 702-895-2526
Fax: 702-895-4630

Ankur Pareek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ankur Pareek, Ph.D.
Office: BEH 525
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-5609

Percy Poon, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: BEH 521
Mail Code: 6001
Phone: 702-895-3017
Fax: 702-895-4630

John Shanklin, CFA

Instructor

John Shanklin
Office: BEH 537
Phone: 702-525-2703

Michael Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: BEH 536
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-4669
Fax: 702-895-4630

Paul Thistle, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: BEH 526
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-3856
Fax: 702-895-4630

Chris Utterback

Affiliate Professor

Chris Utterback
Office: BEH 529
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-5998
Fax: 702-895-4630

David Williams

Instructor

Office: BEH 537
Phone: 702-608-5117

Jianzhong (Andrew) Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jianzhong (Andrew) Zhang
Office: BEH 539
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-2527
Fax: 702-895-4630