"Now I really feel like I'm learning what I need to run a company effectively. I'll probably stick to my guts and intuition, but I'll know what the risk will be."
Intensive Theory and Practice
The Finance Track is an integrated program of courses and activities designed to expose students to the institutions and practices of the financial world. This Track familiarizes students with the principles of finance theory and with the application of theory to real problems. In addition, the Track provides an overview of professional opportunities in finance and allows students to specialize in topics of interest within finance. The Track is targeted toward students who want to be a part of a finance cohort, and who desire to learn both theory and practice and how they inform each other. It provides an additional touch point on academic and career counseling.
Graduates earn a certificate in Finance in addition to their MBA.
Treks, Special Seminars, Networking, and Career Advising
To round out your experience, Track students are encouraged to participate in at least one onsite event such as, but not limited to: New York Finance Day, London Banking Days, or the Boston Investment Management Day.
Outside of the classroom, the Finance Track offers sponsored seminars, networking opportunities with alumni and practitioners, academic and career counseling, and social events throughout your two-year tenure at MIT Sloan.
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