Academics and Faculty
What is the Lehigh MSAF?
The MSAF program is a one- or two-year 30-credit hour program that features:
- A joint program that captures the best from the faculty of Lehigh University's four colleges (College of Business & Economics, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education and P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science)
- A dual focus of quantitative analysis and practical applications
- Opportunity to complete the program in as little as one (1) academic year
The MSAF program begins in sequence in the summer with a course on derivatives, followed by a core of analytical courses, a core of financial courses, and a core of computing courses. Students who have completed these or similar courses may, with the program director's approval, use approved elective courses as a supplement. An interactive, hands-on project rounds out the rigorous and rewarding academic experience. Each fall, invited field professionals in financial services come to campus to present project topics to students. Topic selection is integrated into coursework and is woven through the fall and spring terms. Results of the project are presented in mid-spring, at a recruiting/placement event designed specifically for graduates of this degree.
Program Learning Objectives
Analytical Finance involves the application of financial modeling, mathematics, and engineering in order to solve actual financial problems and make better financial decisions. The curriculum is intended for career opportunities in areas such as portfolio management, securities trading, investment banking, risk management, and financial information systems.