The new Masters in FinTech prepares students for careers by applying the latest technological innovations to global financial services. Launched in fall 2022, the Masters in FinTech – or Financial Technology – is the first and only program of its kind in Florida.
âThe changing relationship between business and innovation is driving the need for highly skilled professionals with both advanced financial skills and technological know-how,â says Christo pirinsky, co-director of the program and associate professor of finance. âUCF is uniquely positioned to offer a graduate program designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and fostering relationships within the Central Florida business community and beyond.
âThe evolving relationship between business and innovation is driving the need for highly skilled professionals with both advanced financial skills and technological know-how,â says Christo Pirinsky, program co-director and associate professor of finance at College of Business.
The Masters in FinTech is a three-semester full-time program consisting of 10 courses – five in finance and five in computer science – with internship opportunities and a final synthesis project. Students will have two program options: evening classes in person at UCF’s main campus or entirely online.
Offered jointly by the Business College and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the program admits applicants with an undergraduate degree in computer science, finance, business studies, mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering disciplines.
The program combines finance and computer science courses to teach students how to harness the power of data, technology solutions, and financial services to reduce costs, improve customer experiences, and create economies of scale. Its interdisciplinary program will provide students with employable technical skills and the ability to think and function in interdisciplinary teams.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be well positioned for a wide range of jobs including application developer, blockchain developer, cybersecurity analyst, compliance expert, data scientist, financial analyst, investment manager , etc.
Financial technology is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Over 95% of global consumers are aware of at least one FinTech service, and over three quarters of the world’s population have used a FinTech service. There are currently over 8,700 FinTech startups in the Americas.
Central Florida is a prime region for a FinTech degree program. Earlier this year, WalletHub ranked the city of Orlando # 1 in Florida and # 19 nationally among the best areas for STEM professionals. Global finance The magazine named Florida the new home of FinTech for 2019. In 2018, Forbes magazine proclaimed Orlando as a FinTech hub. American News and World Report Consistently ranks UCF as one of the most innovative universities in the country.