So you want to be a Quant ...

... or study Mathematical and Computational Finance.

Then the BA/BSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University may be what you are looking for.

In case you need more information here is a partial list of answers to some common questions.
  1. What is a "Quant"?
  2. What is Mathematical Finance?
  3. What is Computational Finance?
  4. Mathematics and mathematicians have received a lot of bad press due to the "financial crisis". Two views:
  5. Where can I find out more information?
    There are several resources you can find on the web or books you can read about quants or becoming a quant. I've listed a few, even if some are "cautionary tales" that I don't entirely agree with:
    • Have a look at this video:
    • Read these books:
      • How I Became a Quant: Insights from 25 of Wall Street's Elite. Barry Schachter (Editor) and Richard Lindsey (Editor), 2007.
      • My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance. Emanuel Derman, 2007.
      • The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It. Scott Patterson, 2010.
      • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2005.
      • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2nd edition). Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2010.
      • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. Roger Lowenstein, 2001.