Program Introduction

State-of-the-art Facilities

The FSAN program is housed in the new addition to Purnell Hall. The new wing is designed to foster collaboration among students, faculty and industry.

Other facilities include the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center, the Lerner Trading Center and the Harker ISE Lab.

Exterior view of the Harker ISE Lab

Purnell Hall

The new Ph.D. in FSAN is a cross-disciplinary program offered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, and was funded in part by a grant from JPMorgan Chase.

The program is the first of its kind and will take a lead in shaping and defining the research area of FSAN. It will develop fundamental theories of FSAN, create new data-driven decision-making tools and technologies for financial services industry, and train researchers and professionals.

We are living in the era of data - big data is reshaping the way we live and the way businesses operate. Big data’s impact is especially profound in the financial services industry, where data is abundant and comes from various sources, including financial markets, customer records and transactions, and digitalized business operations.

Financial services analytics is the science of quantitative models and technologies designed specifically for the financial services industry. It offers improvements in risk management, enhanced customer service and customized product offerings, and more efficient business operations. Financial services analytics is a rapidly evolving area of academic research driven by business needs ranging from credit card fraud detection to mobile customer service. The underlying business problems are unique, complicated, and intriguing that warrant in-depth and systematic study.

Applying to the Program

Students from many academic disciplines will find opportunities, challenges and success in the Ph.D. program in FSAN at the University of Delaware. We are looking for students with strong quantitative backgrounds, solid computer skills and a basic understanding of business principles in the financial services sector. The program offers the opportunity to interact with professionals in both academia and industry. Highly-qualified students may receive JPMC research scholarships to cover all educational expenses in the program. 

The first group of students started in the fall of 2014. The next group will begin fall semester 2016; the application deadline is February 2016.

For any additional information, please contact the Ph.D. program coordinator at

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