Carnegie Mellon University

Student Experience

Our MSCF program offers you a choice between two locations: our New York City location, a block down from the New York Stock Exchange, and our Pittsburgh location, Carnegie Mellon’s main academic hub. Regardless of the location, students receive the same instruction from world-class faculty and professional support from a career services staff focused solely on the needs of our MSCF students.

MSCF is not an online program. All courses are taught live and students, at both locations, are expected to attend course sessions. Faculty instruction originates from either location with course sessions broadcast to the alternate classroom with full high-definition two-way audio and video to enable easy-flowing interaction between professors and students. Faculty teach in New York twice every seven weeks and remain in New York following the lectures for discussion and social events. All lectures are streamed live and captured electronically for review throughout the duration of the semester. Office hours are available at both locations.

Student Clubs & Activities

MSCF Class Representatives and staff work closely with students to create an engaging environment and active student life. The experience that you receive outside of the classroom is just as important to us, and it's the connections you build with each other that support an engaging learning environment and make for friendships that last long after you graduate. We work with MSCF Class Representatives to organize events each Mini Semester to promote a balanced student life.

MSCF Students also have the ability to join clubs and become involved in a variety of campus-life activities. Below is a listing of the most popular clubs. MSCF Students are also invited to join Tepper clubs.

Quantitative Finance Club 

As an MSCF student, you have the exclusive ability to join the Quantitative Finance Club (QFC). Working closely with MSCF Career Services, the QFC provides opportunities for its members to participate in a number of student-led career events including employer site visits, alumni mock interviews, market-making simulations and various quantitative finance workshops. QFC leaders are selected from both the Pittsburgh and New York City locations and take an active role in planning and executing club activities.

MSCF Trading Club

Recruiters value up-to-date knowledge of and enthusiasm for the financial markets and the ability to communicate clearly. The MSCF Trading club is designed to foster knowledge of the financial markets and to experience quantitative trading methods through a series of financial market seminars and simulated competitive market making and speculative trading sessions. Fixed Income professor, Bill Hrusa, and Professor Ed Barr, Head of MSCF’s Communication Development program host four 90-minute “Financial Market” sessions in which students prepare and present topics of relevance across the equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities asset classes. Separately, using the Rotman Trading platform, four simulated trading sessions employing algorithmic trading models across these four asset classes will be run by three former Rotman Competition team members.

Alpha Club

The Alpha Club is a student organization at the Tepper School of Business dedicated exclusively to investment management. This club seeks to bridge the gap between the rigorous academic curriculum and the real-world management of investment portfolios. The club prepares students for careers in fields such as equity research, credit research, hedge funds, and portfolio management. Part of this involves competing in investment competitions against other top MBA programs. There is also an opportunity for real life investment management experience through the Tepper Opportunity Fund that is managed through the club.

More about the Alpha Club