Financial Analytics Graduate Program

Stanford School of Engineering

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



The financial services industry is changing rapidly and significantly, relying on data and information technology to drive business decisions and manage risk. In this program, you will learn to understand and apply concepts like data analysis, probability, decision-making, investment science, risk, uncertainty and machine learning to your work. Taught by accomplished financial experts, the courses in this program provide a theoretical and practical framework in which you'll be challenged to solve real world problems in the finance field.

You Will Learn

  • A broad overview of finance and data analytics topics from an engineering perspective
  • The ins and outs of applied data analysis, and a conceptual framework for thinking about data from both a statistical and machine-learning perspective
  • Deeper insights into probabilistic reasoning and potential outcomes that inform decision-making
  • How to develop models of real-world systems and gain familiarity with commonly used stochastic models
  • How to navigate challenges from a practical perspective, through the use of case studies and real-world examples

Earning the Certificate

  • Earn a Stanford Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics
  • Tailor the program to your interests and career goals
  • Begin the program on any academic quarter an applicable course is offered, subject to prerequisites
  • Take courses for graduate credit and a grade
  • Receive a B (3.0) or better in each course
  • Complete the program in one of two ways: complete 1 course from the required statistics section and 3 courses from the required financial analytics section or complete 2 courses from each section.
  • Complete a total of 4 courses.

General Prerequisites

  • 1 year of college level calculus (through calculus of several variables, such as CME100). Coursework must be from an accredited university or college that can provide a transcript verifying successful completion.
  • Basic knowledge of calculus, statistics, programming languages, MATLAB, and finance/accounting basics can be helpful for this program
  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better


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Tuition is based on the number of units you take. See Graduate Course Tuition on our Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Time to Complete Certificate

1-2 years average
3 years maximum to complete


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