Quant Guide 2022: WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Vienna is proving to be an increasingly popular choice for MSc candidates in Quantitative Finance. The number of applicants for WU’s Master in Quantitative Finance has increased from 434 last year to 556 in the last intake. At the same time, the university became more selective, widening offers to 130 applicants, down from 173 the previous year.

Recent changes to the program include new modules on advanced topics in banking, data and text mining, and sustainable finance. The final class is taught by newly hired instructor Rui Duan.

The program director is Kurt Hornik, who is also a member of the 20-person development team for R, a key programming language used in quantitative finance.

The program returns to 30% on-campus teaching, after 100% remote learning earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic, program manager Dragana Pajic says, and will require students and staff to present proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery from the virus to attend. “Our program is designed for in-person instruction, which means the rule applies to all students and employees,” she says.

After graduation, students typically move into positions in banking, consulting, and asset management. Pajic says the pandemic has had no effect on the job prospects of WU graduates.

See the details of this establishment in the 2021 guide

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