MSFE students will have the support of the IEOR Career Team to determine the best way to apply their quantitative skills to industry. Whether you are coming directly from undergrad or have 10+ years of experience, we will work with you to translate your interests and strengths into a rewarding next step. 

The world of quantitative finance has changed dramatically over recent years, and we strive to stay at the forefront of new growth and trends. The IEOR Career Team sources internships and jobs that align with the curriculum and organizes weekly employer events in the department or at the employer’s location in New York City. This ever-changing calendar of targeted recruiting events and Financial Engineering seminars will keep you busy. Students also benefit from resources provided by Columbia’s Center for Career Education.

MSFE graduates gravitate towards quantitative roles in banks, hedge funds, asset management firms, and ratings and financial services advisory firms. These roles are predominantly in algorithmic trading and trade support, financial modeling and quantitative strategy, portfolio management, valuation, quantitative research, and risk management.

The Master of Science in Financial Engineering program is STEM-certified and eligible for  F- 1 STEM OPT extension 

Career Preparation

Students must complete a career summer assignment before starting the program. Once the program starts, students will be required to engage in our Professional Development Curriculum. These requirements prime students for their job search.

All admitted students are required to complete a Career Pre-Work before entering the program and will be required to complete our Professional Development Curriculum during the first semester.  These requirements prime students for their targeted job search and interview process and provide the experience you will need to be successful in this competitive marketplace.