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Application Deadline: May 31 of your sophomore year.
Admission decisions will be e-mailed on or before July 31 to the address you indicated on the formThe Application will not be available until after the Open House has taken place.

As economic theory, mathematics, and probability and statistics are pervasive in modern financial analysis, completion of the certificate in finance requires mathematical ability and preparation. The following foundation courses, or their equivalent, are required for admission into the program and (except as noted) must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. All courses require a letter grade (pass/fail not allowed). A typical course of study for incoming freshmen that will allow for a smooth completion of the certificate requirements is described in the Requirements Section.

MAT201 and MAT202 strongly advised; only the highest of the two grades is recorded for the purpose of fulfilling the entry requirements.  Moreover, ECO and ORF students taking MAT201-202 will have a lower GPA prerequisite courses requirement (see below).  Students who choose to fulfill this requirement by taking the one-semester MAT 175 will be responsible for mastering the linear algebra part of the curriculum on their own.

ECO310: Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
Note: With permission of the Program Representative, ECO 310 may be taken during the junior year (concurrently with the core course ECO362) by concentrators in departments other than ECO and ORF. Note: If you have taken ECO300, you cannot enroll in ECO310.  As an alternative, we will accept ECO317 in place of the required ECO310.  This arrangement is ONLY for students who have taken ECO300.  ECO317 cannot be used as an elective course if used as a prerequisite.

Probability and Statistics
An introductory course in probability and statistics, such as
ECO202: Statistics and Data Analysis for Economists, or
ORF245: Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics, or
PSY251: Quantitative Methods, or
SOC301: Sociological Research Methods, or
POL345: Quantitative Analysis and Politics, or
WWS200: Statistics for Social Science
PHY 301: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics and PHY 312: Advanced Laboratory
OR a score of 5 in AP Statistics

The applicant’s latest transcript will be obtained directly from the Registrar’s office. There is no need to include a copy of your transcript.

A short essay (about one page) explaining your interest in the finance certificate, what particular areas of finance you plan to focus on and any finance issues that are of particular interest to you.

We look at all the information above, including the overall academic record of the student in the freshman and sophomore years at Princeton, the plans to complete the independent work and the essay.

  • For students who wish to fulfill any of the requirements by taking a more advanced course or set of courses, the minimum grade requirements will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the higher difficulty of the courses. For example, for students who fulfill the mathematics requirement by taking two mathematics courses (either MAT 201-202 or MAT 203-204 or higher) instead of one (MAT 175), only the highest grade obtained in either one of the two mathematics courses will be recorded for the purpose of satisfying the averaged minimum grade requirement.
  • For all ECO and ORF students there is a minimum C+ GPA averaged over three prerequisite courses (mathematics, statistics and microeconomics).
  •  For non-ECO/ORF students, there is no strict minimum grade requirement on prerequisite courses for admission into the program, although these courses must still be completed at the time of the application, with the exception of ECO 310, which non-ECO/ORF students may take in the Fall of their junior year with the permission of the Program Representative. In this case, the admission decision for the student will be postponed until completion of all the prerequisites.

A minimum C+ average computed over ECO362/363, the 3 elective courses, and the independent work will be required to earn the certificate.

These requirements apply to all students admitted to the program, regardless of major.

I am not a Princeton undergraduate student. Can I still get the UCF?2018-02-23T10:20:13+00:00

The short answer is: no.

I am not an Economics or ORFE major. Can I still apply to the UCF?2018-02-23T10:20:19+00:00

Absolutely, so long as you have taken all necessary prerequisites courses, apply, and fulfill all the UCF requirements. In fact, about a third of the UCF students major in a department other than Economics or ORFE.

I am a sophomore, and will apply for admission in the UCF by May 31. How should I select my courses during Spring pre-registration without knowing whether I will be admitted?2018-02-23T10:20:27+00:00

You should select your courses in April assuming that you are going to be admitted (see the course tracks for the Fall semester of the junior year). You will receive admission decisions by July 31. At that point you can change your course selection if need be.

I have already taken ECO300 and cannot enroll in ECO310 what do I do?2018-12-11T14:46:35+00:00

If you have taken ECO300 and cannot enroll in ECO310, we will accept ECO317 in place of the required ECO310.  This is arrangement is ONLY for students who have taken ECO300, ECO317 will not be accepted otherwise.

Can I use an equivalent course?2018-02-23T10:21:24+00:00

No, we do not accept any equivalent courses without the strict permission of the Certificate Program Faculty Representative.

Can I use a seminar to cover one of the required elective courses?2018-02-23T10:20:33+00:00

The short answer is: No, there is not enough coursework content.

What happens if I have not fulfilled all the requirements for the UCF by the end of my senior year?2018-02-23T10:20:42+00:00

You can drop from the UCF at any time. Please notify the Academic Administrator Melanie Heaney-Scott.