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Risk.net’s Quant Finance Master’s Guide 2017

Risk.net’s Quant Finance Master’s Guide 2017 includes an article about Columbia University’s MAFN program.

Quant Finance Master’s Guide 2017
Quant Guide 2017: Columbia University

Below are some clarifications and explanations relating to the numbers cited in the article:

  • Number of students is the number of new incoming students that registered in the fall of 2016
  • International students 93% is for the fall 2016 incoming class as of June 2016
  • Student/lecturer ratio 2/1. MAFN students have a wide choice of elective courses, many of which are also taken by students from other programs. A large number of faculty members teach at least some MAFN students. The ratio of MAFN students to teaching staff that teach at least some MAFN students is 2/1, approximately.
  • Industry affiliated lecturers 14. These 14 are adjuncts who teach in core courses or in electives directly offered by the program. A large but unknown number of regular faculty members have industry affiliations. Risk.net actually asked about “permanent teaching staff” with industry affiliations. The adjuncts are considered “permanent teaching staff” because they teach the same course year after year even though they do not hold long-term appointments.
  • Employment rate 95%. This is an estimate of the employment rate 6 months after graduation, averaged over 2013-2016
  • Further studies 2%. This is an estimate of the average for 2013-2016.
  • Employment sector. These are estimates for 2013-2016.

Publications and citations

The numbers here are based on a select group of faculty members who have public Google Scholar profiles and whose research is relevant for the MAFN program:

Average number of publications per faculty member 33. These are publications during for 2013-2017, where 2017 is included only up to May.

Average number of citations per faculty member (lifetime citations) 4,023. These are citations made in 2013-2017, where 2017 is included only up to May.

Top cited:

  • Ioannis Karatzas 7,588
  • Richard A. Davis 6,634.

Again, these are citations made in 2013-2017, where 2017 is included only up to May.

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