• Diploma in Advanced Finance & Analytics (DAFA)

    A rigorous 1-year online diploma programme for working professionals looking to advance their career in the next-gen Finance sector.
    Diploma in Advanced Finance & Analytics (DAFA)
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    Krea University and IFMR the sponsoring body are led by global visionaries and Industry leaders in world of finance
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  • Double Advantage

    Co-designed by two institutions renowned for industry-relevant and application oriented finance education. IFMR is recognised as Asia's 1st finance training institution.
    Double Advantage
  • A unique intersectional programme

    Cutting-edge application oriented online programme combining fundamentals and advanced concepts in Quantitative Finance, Analytics & Fintech
    A unique intersectional programme


    12 Months
    320 hours


    Fully Online

    Diploma by


    3+ years of work experience

    Exemplary Faculty

    Academia & Practitioners

    Diploma in Advanced Finance and Analytics (DAFA)

    Quantitative Finance | Analytics | Fintech

    Next-Gen financial services are projected to grow at USD335 billion in the next decade heavily driven by technology and a high level of quantitative analytics. This also it crucial for organisations and professionals to familiarise themselves with key driving skills in the field.  DAFA offers an opportunity to gain these advanced skills.

    Diploma in Advanced Finance and Analytics (DAFA) is a first of its kind professional development programme that delivers advanced technical competencies and quantitative skills. Co-designed by two institutions at the forefront of Finance education — IFMR Graduate School of Business at Krea University and D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University — DAFA is an opportunity for working professionals and entrepreneurs in Finance to prepare themselves for the future challenges of the industry. It is also a stepping stone for professionals in related domains seeking to switch to careers within Finance.

    The DAFA Advantage!

    Strengthen Fundamentals in Advanced Finance

    The curriculum offers a strong grounding in core and critical financial concepts to ensure participants from different backgrounds have strong fundamentals prior to specialisation tracks.

    Learn to Leverage Data and Technology

    Leverage new-age functions such as Machine Learning, AI for financial modelling, and understand algorithms for cross-functional decision-making.

    Sharpen Finance relevant Quantitative Skills

    A comprehensive but rigorous coverage of basic and advanced mathematical and statistical measures, and its application with financial data.

    Apply Financial Tools and Models

    A strong application-oriented curriculum and approach with functional understanding of tools and models used across Banking, Trading, Equity, Hedge Funds, Insurance and enabling tech domains.

    The DAFA programme jointly curated by leading academicians and practitioners will help shape a generation of professionals and address the acute skill gap globally. It will also help a large canvas of stakeholders—including governments, corporations and individuals—address some of the most compelling issues in finance including inclusion, security, risk management, governance and trust.


    Vaghul N

    Chancellor - Krea University
    Former Chairman - ICICI Bank Limited

    Powered by Pioneers in Finance Education

    IFMR Graduate School of Business at Krea University

    IFMR Graduate School of Business (formerly Institute for Financial Management and Research) is a leading provider of finance education, and moulds ambitious young men and women into competent and socially responsible global leaders. IFMR GSB’s curriculum offers a mix of theory with simulated real-life exposure. It endeavours to shape business practices through inventive, sharp thinking and cutting-edge research. IFMR Graduate School of Business offers MBA, PhD, E-MBA and customised programmes for executives.

    D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

    Northeastern University ranks among the Top 50 research universities in the country, and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business played a big part in this achievement. D’Amore-McKim has redefined business education, boasting exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs focused on the future of work. Distinguished faculty, pioneers in their industries, cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem by educating and mentoring a diverse, energetic student body. D’Amore-McKim is meant for those who truly want to become more.

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    Academics & Curriculum

    The immersive learning experience comes with an intensive application-oriented curriculum. The programme strengthens the foundation in core financial concepts and other prerequisite skill sets such as programming, mathematics and statistics before leading the learner into a rigorous and advanced understanding of financial analytics and fintech, and quantitative finance.

    Conceptual Foundations in Finance

    130 hours
    • Financial Accounting
    • Corporate Finance
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Programming for Finance
    • Introduction to FinTech
    • Financial Markets & Institutions
    • Introduction to Machine Learning
    • Investment Analysis
    • Financial Career Lecture Series

    Financial Analytics & Fintech

    190 hours
    • Simulation Techniques for Finance
    • Machine Learning For Finance
    • Interest Rates and Bonds
    • Regression and Time-Series Modelling
    • Advanced Machine Learning for Finance
    • FinTech Industries Structure
    • FinTech Disruption
    • Data Security & Regulation
    • Financial Services & Analytics
    • Futures, Options and Swaps
    • Financial Forecasting

    Quantitative Finance

    190 hours
    • Simulation Techniques for Finance
    • Machine Learning For Finance
    • Interest Rates and Bonds
    • Regression and Time-Series Modelling
    • Applied Probability for Finance
    • Mathematics for Finance
    • Applied Stochastic Processes in Finance
    • Stochastic Methods in Finance
    • Mathematics for Derivatives
    • Credit Derivatives
    • Finite Difference Techniques

    Core Faculty

    The programme will include academic sessions, projects, and guest lectures from academia and industry practitioners.
    The lead faculty of DAFA are experts from the field of Finance Education, and have decades of experience in both concept and practice.

    Why DAFA?

    Powered by Pioneers in Finance Education

    Get trained by the best to meet the challenges of the transforming financial sector landscape.

    Prepare for Futuristic Finance

    Evolve alongside the disruption in the world of Financial Data and Technology. The programme includes academic sessions, projects, and guest lectures from academia and industry practitioners. You will be mentored by experts from the field of Finance Education, who come with decades of experience in concept and practice.

    Interwoven Pedagogy for the Future

    Strengthen the fundamentals
    Choose a strong grounding in the fundamentals of advanced finance before you kickstart your specialisation.
    Technical and Quantitative Rigour
    A first of its kind professional development programme that delivers advanced technical competencies and quantitative skills.
    Application oriented
    Gain the right mix of theory and practice to offer model solutions to real-world complex challenges. Learn suitable applications of latest fintech tools and analytics models.

    Access new-age career opportunities in Finance

    The Fintech market in emerging countries is expected to boost the GDP to $3.7 trillion by 2025 and create 91 million jobs in the next four years*. Get moulded into an analyzer, innovator or disruptor. Position yourself as a suitable candidate for futuristic roles in the world of Finance.

    Train to be a quant who is re-defining the future.

    Learn to transform raw data into strategic business decisions. In this era of information storm, with the right combination of techniques and tools, command some of the most rewarding roles in the financial world.

    Network with global industry leaders

    Network and get mentored by the best across the globe. Tap into IFMR GSB’s network of 20000+ alumni spread across two decades of the School’s history.

    Virtual delivery at par with physical classrooms

    Bringing the best of the real world into the digital classroom, IFMR GSB comes with a robust experience digital delivery of classes. Each class is immersive upholding quality education ethos, and is thoughtfully curated bearing in mind the schedules of working professionals.

    Inclusive and diverse

    Co-learn with experienced and early age professionals from varied backgrounds. DAFA offers the advantage of a promising career in finance to learners spread across the professional spectrum, irrespective of their prior knowledge or specialisation.

    Ride the Big Opportunity

    $ 0 tn
    boost to GDP of emerging countries and create 91 million jobs by 2025
    $ 0 bn
    Next-gen financial services by 2030

    Source: KPMG, Researchandmarkets & *McKinsey report

    How to Apply?

    Submit your application through our online application form.

    Not ready to apply yet? Talk to our representative

    Who should apply?

    Suited for various roles including (not limited to)

    • Financial Analyst
    • Equity Analyst
    • Financial Modeler
    • Investment Banker
    • Risk Analyst
    • Fintech Entrepreneur
    • Financial Consultant
    • Securities Broker
    • Financial Accountant
    • Chartered Accountant
    • Investment Advisor
    • Technology provider to Finance domains

    Register in the portal

    Complete the online application form

    Attach supporting documents

    Submit Completed Application

    Applications will be shortlisted for a personal interview (PI) conducted virtually. The final selection will be based on the candidate profile & performance in the PI.

    The last date to apply for DAFA programme is November 30, 2021

    If you have any more questions, please read our FAQs here.


    The tuition fee for the programme is INR 3,50,000/- (Rupees Three lakhs and Fifty Thousand only). For details of the payment schedule and loan assistance please speak to our Programme Consultant.

    *Fees are subject to change.


    Invest in Talent. Sponsor High Potentials.

    Introduce innovative business thinking, thought leadership, knowledge and expertise to your organisation.

    • Support and motivate your high performers by investing in their personal development.
    • Groom talent for niche roles in finance through cutting-edge specialization tracks and electives built according to the needs of industry.
    • Develop a talent pool of high calibre professionals who will be able to apply sophisticated quantitative models or offer disruptive technology solutions. 

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    Any graduate is eligible. Candidate must have 3+ years of work experience and must have scored above 60% aggregate in Graduation/Post Graduation ideally with an aptitude for  Mathematics/Statistics/ Finance

    Work experience is mandatory. Candidates with work experience of above 36 months, as on the date of deadline for submission of application, can apply.

    Yes, for the specialization in quantitative finance, a certain level of knowledge in mathematics is a prerequisite. The person must be mathematically oriented. Even if they do not have a mathematics background, they should be willing and able to put in the required effort to learn the requisite math concepts to get the best out of this specialization.  For the specialization track in quantitative finance, it is advisable that you have a bachelor’s degree in a mathematical field such as engineering, physics, mathematics or statistics. For other tracks good knowledge of mathematics at the high school level should suffice as long as there is willingness to put in the extra effort as and when required.

    You will have to choose the elective after completion of the Core Courses. The faculty would be equally willing to guide you in choosing the elective.

    The programme will be delivered fully online led by renowned faculty drawn from IFMR Graduate School of Business, North Eastern University and top-notch practitioners from the industry. Participants will also receive inputs from globally reputed academicians and practitioners at periodical intervals through guest lectures and fire-side chats. 

    No, this programme will be delivered fully online with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning depending upon the instructor.

    After submission of Application, candidate will be invited to a video interview before finalisation.

    The selection process is completely online.

    IFMR GSB does not plan to offer any placement assistance currently. However, the IFMR GSB alumni network is extensive and large which will help you advance your career.

    Depending on the course and instructor, the participant may need to work with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

    Refund requests shall be considered on a case by case basis ONLY if applied 15 days ahead of the course commencement. A processing fee will be charged for the refund requests. Kindly reach out to our team to know further details.

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