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

If you are unable to find the answer to a specific question, feel free to or call 404-385-1466 to speak with one of our representatives.

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:
  • 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 for domestic candidates and $85 for international candidates.
What are the application deadlines?

Spring Admission :

  • Sept. 1st - Standard Round
  • Oct. 1st - Final Round

Fall Admission:

  • Oct. 15th - Early Round
  • Jan. 15th - Standard Round
  • March 15th - Final Round for international candidates
  • June 1st - Final Round for domestic candidates

After March 15th, 2022, please contact us at or 404-385-1466 for space availability for Fall 2022.

I am being asked to apply through one of three colleges. What is the difference?

The "home unit" college through which you apply has no bearing on your chances for admission or the classes/opportunities provided to you. It does not show on the transcript or diploma. It is simply Georgia Tech's administrative process for handling applications for interdisciplinary programs.

The one and only exception is that if applying with a GMAT score you must apply through the College of Business simply because it is the only unit set up to accept GMAT scores. All three units accept the GRE, so if applying with a GRE score, you can arbitrarily select any of the three options.

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.

When will I receive a decision on my application?
We will do our very best to release decisions 8-12 weeks following the deadline by which you have applied, but it may take longer depending on application volume. Your patience is very much appreciated as we move through the review process.
Program Structure and Curriculum
How long is the QCF program?
The traditional track of the QCF program is 1.5 years completed over 3 semesters. There is also a spring fast-track option for those looking to complete the program in one year. This is ideal for students with full-time professional work experience that do not require an intenship to be competitive for full-time employment.
Is the MS QCF degree a STEM program?
Yes - The MS QCF Program is a federally designated STEM degree program. Qualified international student graduates are eligible for a one-time, 24-month extension of Optional Pracitcal Training (OPT) for a total of 3 years of post-graduate OPT eligibility.
How is the curriculum structured?
The curriculum is comprised of:
  • 6 core courses
  • 2 targeted electives (out of 3 options)
  • 3 free electives
  • 1 Capstone class

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 3 options of which all QCF students are required to take 2.
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. There is no separate flexible or evening format for part-time students, so it typically requires employer flexibility to be able to come on campus during the day for classes.
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. A 3-year bachelor's degree will only be accepted if a candidate has a post-graduate diploma or master's degree in addition to the 3-year bachelor's degree. If you have questions for whether or not you would qualify for admission, please contact our office of Graduate Studies: 

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.
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)