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On this page are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from applicants.

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Program Structure and Curriculum
How long is the QCF program?
The QCF degree is a 1.5 year degree program divided over 3 semesters for a student pursuing the degree full-time.
How is the curriculum structured?
The curriculum is comprised of:
  • 6 core courses
  • 3 targeted electives
  • 3 free electives

Total of 12 classes (36 credit hours)

What are the 6 core courses?
All QCF students take the following 6 courses:
  • Finance and Investments
  • Stochastic Processes in Finance I
  • Design and Implementation of Systems that Support Computational Finance
  • Derivative Securities
  • Numerical Methods in Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities
What are targeted electives?
Targeted electives are select specialized courses offered to QCF students. There are 6 options of which all QCF students are required to take 3.
What are free electives?

Free electives give students the flexibility to gain a more customized education. Students are free to select graduate courses from any of Georgia Tech's relevant disciplines.

Can I pursue the degree part-time?
Yes. We do have students that complete the program on a part-time basis at their own pace.
Application and Deadlines
What is required to apply for the QCF program?
To be considered for admission to the program, we require the following:
  • Online application found by accessing: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/apply-now
  • Unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application (official copies may be required if admitted)
  • GRE or GMAT* score
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language score (if applicable). Minimum score of 95 required.
 *All applicants planning to apply with a GMAT score must do so through the College of Business.
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $75.
What are the application deadlines?
Spring Admission - Sept. 1st    
Fall Admission: Oct. 15th (Early Decision and Funding Priority)
Jan. 15th (Standard Deadline)
March 15th (Space Available)
What materials must be submitted by the deadline?

All application materials must be received by the posted deadlines. This includes test scores and recommendation letters. If you do not think we will have these materials by the deadline, you may email: info@qcf.gatech.edu and discuss when you expect we will receive the finalized application.

Does the home unit through which I apply have any impact on my chances for admission or opportunities while in the program?

No. All applications are reviewed by a central admissions committee comprised of faculty from all 3 home units. All students have access to the same courses and resources once admitted.

How may I check the status of my application?
You may view the status of your application by accessing: https://shibboleth-idp.collegenet.com/idp/Authn/UserPassword
When will I receive a decision on my application?
Most decisions will be released 4-8 weeks following the deadline by which you have applied. Those that apply by the Early Decision deadline for fall are guaranteed a decision by the end of the year.
Test Scores and Other Application Requirements
What are the minimum GMAT/GRE/GPA requirements?
We do not have minimum GPA or test score requirements, rather we will take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. Due to the quantitative nature of the course work in the program, stronger emphasis will be placed on the quantitative scores of the GRE/GMAT exams and the quantitative academic course work completed from your previous institutions attended.
What is the institute code for the GRE & TOEFL?
The institute code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5248. You do not have to specify a department code.
What is the institute code for the GMAT?
The institute code for the GMAT is HWK-54-37. You do not have to specify a department code.
Is there any way to waive the GMAT or GRE requirements?
No. The GMAT or GRE is required to be considered for admission to the program.
Do I have to submit official GRE or GMAT scores?
Yes. While we can use the unofficial scores to evaluate your application, we will require receipt of the official test scores before we will be able to make an offer of admission. GRE or GMAT scores are considered valid if taken within the past 5 years. If it has been more than 5 years since you have taken the exam, you will have to retake it.
Is work experience required?
Work experience is not required to be considered for admission to the program although we would prefer that applicants at least have some internship experience.
Are there any education pre-requisites that must be satisfied prior to joining the program?

All applicants for the program must have received a US equivalent (4-year) Bachelor's degree.

All applicants must also demonstrate through their transcripts that they have a strong quantitative background, including differential and integral calculus of one variable, multivariate calculus, fundamentals of liner algebra and linear systems of equations, differential equations, and probability and statistics. We also prefer that candidates have a basic knowledge of a programming language.

Can I send my recommendation forms before submitting the application.
Yes. You may send out the recommendations in advance of submitting the application. You will see the prompt to do so in the appropriate section within the online application.
I am having technical issues with the video interview. How do I troubleshoot?

VIDEO ISSUES
The first thing we recommend trying is making sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed, as that is the program used to run the videos.  Be sure to un-check the check box for installing McAfee Security Scan Plus unless you want that program as well. It defaults to being checked.

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

It is also possible that there was a bandwidth issue. If you have access to a connection with more bandwidth, that is what we recommend recording with.  There is also a tendency of the internet and browsers to function more slowly than normally on occasion, depending on the time of day, so it could be worth trying it again from the same connection to see if you encounter better performance.

VIDEO ISSUES (AUDIO)

If there are frames dropping it is usually the bandwidth of your internet connection that is a problem, most likely the upload speed. If it sounds like the audio is dropping frames as well, you may have better results if your microphone recording volume is higher. Please be sure to adjust this in the Flash Player audio settings:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help03.html

You may end up with choppy video, but your audio will most likely come through much clearer. Additionally, your best bet would be to record at a library or another place with a higher upload speed.

If you find you are still having trouble, please email our 3rd-party application support team: help@applyweb.com 

Career Development
Whom should I contact for more information about QCF Career Development?
QCF Corporate Relations Manager Kayln Stahel works directly with students and employers to make the right connections. Job postings, info session inquiries, resume books, and partnership considerations should be directed to her. More information can be found here.
Which career paths would a QCF graduate pursue?
The financial marketplace is large and varied. QCF graduates work in many financial industries including (but not limited to) asset management, hedge funds, investment and commercial banks, trading firms, financial technology, private equity, government and more. The "quant" or "financial engineering" job functions within these industries include (but are not limited to) risk management, investment banking, derivative trading, model building and validation, equity and quantitative research, quantitative analysis, sales & trading, project management, portfolio/asset/wealth management  and various forms of technical consulting.
Does the MS QCF program require prior job experience?
No. While experience in the workplace is valuable in any professional degree, and considered in your applicant profile, it is not required for admission into the program. For personal success, internship experience in a relevant field is encouraged for anyone considering the QCF program.
What would a typical job search process look like for a QCF student?
  • Summer (before classes start)
    • Update your QCF Resume
    • Attend Bootcamp
  • Fall Semester
    • Meet with your QCF career advisor to establish relationship and make career declaration plan
    • Complete 16 hour Career Development Workshop (8 weeks)
    • Attend fall recruiting events: QCF-specific and campus-wide info sessions, Career Fairs, networking events, workshops
    • Map your professional network; make contact and conduct informational interviews
    • Research potential internships and employers; apply and interview to some internship positions as available
  • Spring Semester
    • Update resume with project work
    • Search for summer internship
    • Meet regularly with advisor to hone resume and interview skills
    • Apply for internships; participate in on-campus and self-identified interview opportunities
  • Summer
    • Complete internship (May-August)
    • Update resume with internship experiences
    • Refresh interview skills
    • Identify target companies for full-time job applications
  • Fall Semester (graduating)
    • Many students accept permanent jobs from internships
    • Attend fall recruiting events; QCF- specific and campus-wide Career Fairs, networking events
    • Conduct job search based on techniques learned in QCF program
    • Apply and interview for full-time positions beginning approx. January
    • Apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) eligibility (international students, if applicable)