Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions section. This should be your first port-of-call if you have any queries regarding the course you are completing, your student account or the MScFE program.



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If you have looked for an answer to your question and have not found one on the FAQ page, please post your question in the technical support forum that can be found at the top of the course you are completing.



What are the requirements for admission?

Here’s an overview of the admission requirements:

Completed online application
Make sure all your information is accurate and upload all required documents

Transcripts from the highest college/university degree earned
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum academic requirement for admission. At the time of your application, you will need to upload an unofficial, scanned copy of your transcript. Upon acceptance into the MScFE program, you will need to submit official transcripts.

Proof of English proficiency
If you have not attended a college/university where English is the language of instruction, you are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

Passing score on the Quantitative Proficiency Test
You will need a minimum score of 75%.


Who should apply for the MScFE program?

Our students are career-driven, computer-savvy quantitative thinkers. They have fully completed a bachelor’s degree and are interested in a future in financial engineering.

Students come from a wide range of countries and have diverse backgrounds. They want to advance their career and seek life-changing education. They are persistent, resilient, and committed to meeting the demands of our rigorous program and to mastering advanced concepts. They understand the value of collaborative work and value sharing knowledge as much as acquiring it.

Students are expected to commit 25 hours per week between lecture videos, assignments, group projects, and individual study.

When is the deadline to apply?

While we accept applications year-round, the MScFE program is offered quarterly, so there are four possible start dates per year. If you miss the application deadline for a specific start date, you can still submit your application and will be considered for the next upcoming start date.

For an overview of the start dates and application deadlines, please click here.

Do I have to complete my application in one sitting?

You will need to complete the preliminary portion of your application in one sitting. This means that you will have to fill out all required profile fields (marked by an asterisk) and upload all required documents in one sitting.

Once this portion of your application has been successfully submitted, your information will be automatically saved and you will be able to access the Quantitative Proficiency Test. At this point, you may either take the Quantitative Proficiency Test right away or return to it at a later point.

This test will determine your mathematical and statistical proficiency and eligibility for admission into the program. You will need to earn a minimum score of 75%.

Which documents do I need to apply?

As part of the online application process, you will need to upload an identity document, an unofficial transcript, and (if applicable) proof of your English proficiency. Please note that your information will not be saved until you have completed all required fields and uploaded your documents:

Identity Document
A clear, scanned copy of your valid government issued photo ID (e.g. your national ID card, passport, or driver’s license).

Unofficial College/University Transcript
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum academic requirement for admission into the MSc in Financial Engineering program at WQU. As part of your application, you will need to submit a clear, scanned copy of your most recent transcript for the highest college or university degree you have earned. Upon acceptance into the program, you are required to submit official transcripts, which are sent directly from your former college or university to WQU via postal mail or email.

Proof of English Proficiency
English is the language of instruction at WQU. If you have not graduated from a college or university where English is the language of instruction, you will need to submit test scores from one of the following tests as proof of your English proficiency: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE).


I can’t find my country in the dropdown list. Can I still apply?

WorldQuant University is licensed in the United States and must follow U.S. State Department regulations regarding sanctioned nations. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer our programs to students who are citizens of the following countries: Crimean Peninsula, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

I live in the US, but I can’t proceed after selecting my home state. Can I still apply?

In the United States, online educational programs are regulated state by state. Until the University is fully accredited, we are not permitted to offer our programs in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Where can I find my national identity number?

Your national identity number is printed on your national identification documents, such as your government ID card, passport, residence permit, etc. It is usually either next to or below your name or your date of birth.

What is the difference between an unofficial transcript and an official transcript?

An unofficial transcript is a scanned copy of your transcript that you personally upload during the application process. At the time of your application, this is sufficient as long as the scanned transcript demonstrates the type of degree earned, your graduation date, and your cumulative GPA from the previously completed degree program.

An official transcript is a copy of your transcript that is submitted directly from your previous institution to WorldQuant University rather than being submitted by you personally. The official transcript includes the official grading scale adopted by your previously attended institution, your GPA, and the credit hours earned for each completed course.

How do I submit my official transcript to WQU?

Upon acceptance into the MScFE program, you are required to submit an official transcript for the highest college or university degree you have earned before you enroll in the third course. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the previously attended institution to the WQU Admissions Office by postal mail. They must be submitted in sealed envelopes, include the official grading scale of the previously attended institution, and be signed by the appropriate university official. We strongly recommend that you contact your previous college or university and request an official transcript as soon as you have been accepted into the MScFE program.

The University’s mailing address is:

WorldQuant University
201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 2500
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
USA

Academic institutions that issue digital official transcripts may direct yours to admissions@masters.wqu.org. If your original transcript is in a language other than English and does not explicitly state the type of degree earned (i.e. bachelor’s, master’s), the credit hours and grades earned for each completed course, and the GPA, you are required to obtain an official equivalency from an organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as World Education Services (WES).

Failure to provide an official transcript prior to enrolling in the third course of the program will result in immediate suspension from the MScFE degree program. Once the official transcript is received, you may return to the University and resume your program at the next available course start date.

If you have any questions on official transcripts, please do not hesitate to contact us at admissions@masters.wqu.org.

How do I designate WQU when registering for the TOEFL?

The designated institution code for WorldQuant University is B325. Including this code upon registration allows the organization providing the test to make the results digitally available to our admissions team.

How much time do I have to complete the Quantitative Proficiency Test?

The Quantitative Proficiency Test is timed and has to be completed within three (3) hours.

What happens if I fail the Quantitative Proficiency Test?

If you fail the Quantitative Proficiency Test, you are granted a second attempt. If you fail the test again, you will be banned from re-attempting the test for 30 days to give you time to adequately prepare yourself.

Upon acceptance into the MSc in Financial Engineering program, can I request a deferral to a future start date?

Yes. Upon acceptance into the MSc in Financial Engineering (MScFE) program, you will be automatically enrolled in an Orientation Course, which is designed to help you familiarize yourself with our learning platform and course structure.

Once you have successfully completed the Orientation Course, you will be able to register for your first MScFE course, Financial Markets. At this point, you will have the option to register for the closest upcoming start date or to defer to a later start date.

How do I edit my profile?


  • Select Profile (found in the top right drop-down menu). 
  • Click the blue Edit Profile button on the profile page.
  • This will open your profile and all the available fields.
  • Once you have added the relevant information, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save

Please note your information will be verified and validated by the WQU Registrar. Failure to provide accurate information in your profile may delay or hinder your graduation.



How do I use the calendar?


You can use the calendar to view course and program-level deadlines, such as the submission deadlines for assignments and the date and time of livestream lectures. Use the calendar to set your own deadlines by adding events. These events will only be visible to you, and you will get notified when the deadline approaches. 

For more information about the calendar, go to the calendar page (via the left sidebar menu) and click on the RESET USER TOUR ON THIS PAGE button at the very bottom of your screen.



How may I view my grades?


Your grades can be viewed at any time by selecting Grades from the top right dropdown menu or the left sidebar menu when you're in a specific course room.



What happens to all my information if my user account is suspended?


Your account will merely be suspended and no information will be deleted. Once your account is reactivated, all your profile data and grades will be recovered within ±48 hours.

Please reach out to the Student Support Team should you require technical assistance.



How does the online learning model work?

All WorldQuant University courses are presented online. This means you do not attend any face-to-face event, but instead access all course material and live sessions through the university platform.

The courses are designed with busy professionals in mind, so most content can be completed at a time that suits you. If you have queries regarding the coursework, you can ask questions to the Instructional Team by posting a question in the Student Community forum in the overview section of your course, or in the Questions To Faculty forum available in each weekly module.

You can also send an email to the Instructional Team by using the email address they post in the Course Announcements forum at the beginning of the course. When possible, you can attend a live session and ask your question via live chat.

Module assignments need to be submitted within weekly deadlines, and for each activity the deadlines will be clearly indicated.

What is the Program structure?

The program is comprised of 9 courses and a Capstone course. Each course is seven weeks with one module for each week, followed by a one- or two-week break before the next courses starts.

What are the components of the WQU Learning Platform?

The learning platform consists of the following main components: the course room is the space in which a course is housed; each course is divided into seven week-long modules; a module holds the week's course notes, lecture videos, assignments and resources; and assessments may include a multiple choice quiz and a group work or peer-assessed assignment.

How do I get access to the WQU Learning Platform?

To register as a student at WorldQuant University, you will need to follow these steps: Open your web browser and type https://wqu.org. Click on the Apply now to get started. If you are an existing user, select the Access your Application button and login. If you are a new user, select Start new Application. Fill in the form provided and submit. Be sure to provide the correct details, as they will appear on your certificate. Once you have logged in you will gain access to the rest of the application process.

May I learn in my own time or will I have a certain amount of time to complete the course?

Aside from the Orientation Course, all courses run for seven weeks, during which you will be required to attend live sessions, complete quizzes and submit assignments. You can expect a one- to two-week break between courses. You will still have access to the course content, such as notes and video content, as long as your account remains active. This is a Master’s degree program so please be prepared to dedicate an average of 3 hours every day to the program. Please keep in mind that participation in group work is mandatory.

When and how will I receive my degree?

When you have successfully completed the WorldQuant University MScFE programme with the cumulative average score of at least 70%, you will receive your degree by email. If you did not receive a certificate, this is most likely because you did not successfully complete the program or within the required time, or we are still waiting for receipt of official transcripts from your previous learning institution. If you did not successfully complete the program, you will be emailed with instructions on how to proceed. (If you do not receive an email, please check the spam folder of the email account you use to log into WorldQuant University). Please note that we do not distribute certificates of completion after each module but only a degree at the end of the program.

Do you have a catalog or student handbook?

Yes. You may find the latest WorldQuant University catalog from the left sidebar menu of the WQU Learning Platform.

How is my overall course grade calculated?

The activities that contribute to your overall course grade are: 35% - Multiple Choice Question Quizzes (seven quizzes total, one each week); 20%- Collaborative Review Tasks (three submissions in weeks 2, 4, and 6); 45% - Group Work Project (three submissions in weeks 3, 5, and 7). You must achieve an overallcourse grade of at least 65% in order to proceed to the next course, but please note that to graduate and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must: maintain a cumulative average score of 70% or above; and complete the Program within the Maximum Time Frame (MTF) of 150% (3 years) of the scheduled program length of two (2) years.

What do I do if I miss an assignment submission due date?

For the collaborative review assignments and grading, late submissions are not accepted. You will forfeit the grade for that assignment, which means you will receive 0% for it. If you miss a group project deadline, your submission may not be graded and you may receive 0% for the submission. This may lead to you missing further deadlines, so it is important to keep up with the course.

How do I download the course content?

A download link will be provided with each set of class notes or resources. Videos of live sessions will not be available to download, but they will be available for viewing at any time on WorldQuant University platform.

How do I report offensive content?

In the content and group work forums, you will be able to report inappropriate or offensive content by clicking on the red flag icon.

How do I give feedback on the course content and facilitation?

At the end of each course, you will be given the opportunity to complete a survey on your satisfaction and experience of the course, including your experience of the course materials, your Instructor and the Student Support team.

How do I register for a course?

You will gain access to the first course once you have successfully completed the Quantitative Proficiency Test and Orientation courses. Going forward, and only once your final assignment grade has been released, please visit your current course room and select "Course Registrations" from the left sidebar menu and select the course you wish to register for. On the next page, click the "Register" button. Please take note of the start date of the next course. Should you ultimately not be able to commit to the next course, please reach out to Student Support to request a cancellation or withdrawal, and/or inquire about the next possible course session.

I have a question about the course content.

Please be aware that the Student Support Team is only able to assist with administrative or technical inquiries. Kindly post academic questions (e.g. regarding course content and assignments) in the Student Community Forum (found in the Support section of your course room), or the Questions to Faculty forum, available in each module.

The Instructional Team will address the question for the benefit of everyone in your class. Before posting, please ensure no one has posted a similar question before. Please provide very specific questions and elaborate as far as possible.

Should you believe there is an error in a quiz question, please email your Instructor directly. Should you not receive any response within 5 days, please escalate it to the Student Support Team to investigate.

How do I reset my password?

If you struggle with logging in, it may be necessary to reset your password: Open your web browser and visit https://masters.wqu.org. Next to the user name and password fields, click on Forgotten your username or password? Fill in the email address you used to create your WQU profile. Check your email inbox to receive further instructions. If there is no email in your inbox, please be sure to check your Junk/Trash folder.Should you still be experiencing trouble, please reach out to the Student Support Team.

May I use different devices interchangeably throughout the course?

Yes, your learning profile is central to your learning experience. You can leave the site and continue your learning where you left off, whether you were working from a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

My videos are not playing, what do I do?

First, check your internet connection and speed. A low internet speed may prevent you from partaking in or viewing live sessions/videos. If you believe it may be a technical issue on our side, please do contact the Student Support Team and specify the browser and operating system, and be sure to include any screenshots.

How do I download a better browser?

If you would like to download a better browser to view the content, click here to download Google Chrome, and click here to download Mozilla Firefox.

How do I upload and submit a document or assignment?

You will be able to upload all assignments directly onto WorldQuant University, by using the provided submission box. Simply drag and drop any file into the provided submission box. Clicking anywhere on the submission box will also prompt you to upload a file from your computer. Please wait for the file to appear in the box before leaving the page or clicking "submit".

What tips do you have for those with a slow internet connection?

Limit the number of browsers and windows you have running at the same time, and avoid running sites that take up a lot of bandwidth, such as Youtube. File-syncing services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive might be moving data in the background, which can eat up your bandwidth and slow down your internet connection. Quit or pause those applications if you find them moving files. Computers often download necessary updates in the background, while you are doing something less web-intensive. You can configure your PC to notify you before downloading any updates, and schedule installation when you are not using your computer, either in the middle of the night or when you are not studying. If your Internet connection is not stable and you frequently lose your connection, get into the habit of saving your work often. Work in an offline text-based editing application such as Microsoft Word for your project and assignment, until you are ready to submit it online.

Do I need additional software to participate in this program?

All course content on WorldQuant University online platform is available online. However, it is recommended that you download a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar, as well as have access to Microsoft Word and Excel.

Which web browser does WQU recommend?

You can access the WorldQuant University Platform using most browsers; however, we recommend that you use the latest version of Chrome or Firefox to prevent compatibility issues. If you are experiencing trouble logging in and/or accessing course content, download another browser to try, or make sure your browser is up-to-date.

What does group work involve?

For the duration of this course, you will be working on a group work project together with two to four of your peers.

Each group is required to submit three drafts – in weeks 3, 5, and 7 – which will be evaluated and graded by your Instructor. Within a week of each submission, your group will receive feedback from the instructor, enabling you to implement changes ahead of the second and third submissions. For each submission, you will be expected to fulfill the requirements of that week’s module only.

The group work discussion forum has been designed to facilitate communication and interaction with your peers as you collaborate on the group work project. We strongly encourage you to check in with your group members frequently to ensure that everyone is on track.

The Instructor will use the grading rubric published in the syllabus to evaluate the three submissions of the group work project. The grades received for the three group work submissions will comprise 45% of your final grade.

How do I join a group?

At the beginning of each course, the system will assign you to a group depending on the time zone where you reside. Please ensure you've selected the correct time zone in your profile.

How do I get in touch with my fellow group members?

Once the system assigns you to a group, you will be automatically enrolled into a group work discussion forum where you can communicate and collaborate with your project group. The forum may be found in the Support section of the course room.

My group project members have been inactive on the platform. What do I do?

WorldQuant University’s mission and success depend on students actively engaging and collaborating in our learning community. Much like in a professional work setting, respect, tolerance and regular interaction are vital. Participating in group work is mandatory and being inactive and unresponsive negatively impacts both your own academic progress, and that of your group members.

Please take careful note of the group work requirements and policies below.

Group Work Requirements & Policies:

  1. If you are having trouble getting in touch with a group member after multiple attempts of reaching out to them, please contact the Student Support Team via email and include the course name, group number, and name(s) of the inactive group member(s) and provide as much context as possible.
  2. All group work submissions must include the full names and email addresses of all active contributors on the first page of the assignment itself i.e. inactive group members who did not contribute to the work should not be listed here.
  3. Inactive group members who have not contributed to the assignment should be listed in the Comments section of the submission.
  4. Each contributing group member must complete the submission process individually and click ”submit” after the assignment has been uploaded.

Only those group members who have been listed as contributors on the first page of every assignment and completed the full submission process will receive a grade. If you are unable to access the submission page before the deadline, please be sure to alert the Student Support Team as well as your group members in advance.

Failure to comply with the above policies will result in a zero grade and, possibly, withdrawal from the course.

How many times may I attempt a quiz?

You may attempt each quiz three times. Out of the scores you receive for the three attempts, the highest score will reflect in your gradebook.

What is WQU's Collaborative Review system?

The Collaborative Review system is a model in which students assess and grade each others’ weekly assignments. We find the Collaborative Review system mirrors how financial engineers work in professional settings - collaboratively, shoulder-to-shoulder, and checking each other’s work. The MScFE program at WQU enables our students to develop relationships with fellow students all around the world, and the Collaborative Review system is a part of supporting that process.

Throughout this program you will be required to complete one assignment in weeks 1, 2, and 4 for collaborative review, based on what you learned that week. After reviewing and assessing your own assignment, your peers will grade your assignment (and you too will be assigned two random submissions to grade) with the guidance of a rubric. The rubric will list the specific criteria for grading that week's assignment, ensuring that all feedback is accurate, consistent, and relevant. 

How will WQU ensure that my peers assess my assignments fairly?

To ensure fairness, the assignments are distributed to other students who have submitted assignments. You are awarded points for completing and submitting your own assignment, and for grading two of your peers' assignments. Note that this process is anonymous.

It is in everyone's best interest that all students submit and grade fairly to ensure all have mastered the content and received the appropriate grade for the collaborative review assignment.

If you feel strongly that your assignment has not been fairly assessed, please reach out to support@masters.wqu.org specifying the course and justifications for why you believe you've been unfairly assessed.

Do quizzes have deadlines?

You have until the end of the respective course to complete all quizzes but we strongly recommend you complete each module's quiz at the end of the module.

How do I contact support if I do not get help on the forums?

Please contact the Student Support Team using the contact form.

Can I get transfer credit for previous coursework?

Students can receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the courses in the MSc in Financial Engineering program (5 courses, which equals 20 total semester credit hours).

If you have previously completed similar graduate-level coursework, you might be eligible for transfer credit. We recommend that you apply for transfer credit by sending an email to support@masters.wqu.org before enrolling at WQU. Your request will be evaluated by the Academic Dean and you will be notified of the decision.

For more details on the transfer of credit policy at WQU, please see our catalog (accessible via the left sidebar menu).