“After eight years in software, I started to think about what I really wanted to do. . . . Finance was my biggest hobby.”
A Wide Array of Experience and Backgrounds
We seek smart, motivated applicants who are interested in finance. People with backgrounds in a variety of science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines find this quantitative approach to finance appealing.
Recent graduates, early career professionals in finance, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, or other high-tech professionals are encouraged to apply.
Flexibility is a cornerstone of the MFin degree. As an MIT Sloan MFin student, you’ll be encouraged to tailor your coursework with elective study options to address your particular area of interest. It is even possible to take electives in the MIT School of Science or School of Engineering. Some students, for instance, have chosen to further develop their skills in mathematics or computer science as part of their MFin studies.
Evidence of Accomplishment
Each application is evaluated for academic and professional accomplishments. Applicants are eligible to apply to the MFin program if they have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by July 2015. Students with a three-year bachelor's degree from an international university are also eligible to apply.
Range of Experience
There is no optimal work history. Some of our MFin students come directly into the program from their undergraduate studies with an internship in the finance industry. Others come to the program holding advanced degrees or have post-graduate professional experience.
We seek to enroll well-rounded individuals with the following characteristics:
- Success in their academic, extracurricular, and professional endeavors
- Ability to collaborate to accomplish a common goal
- Ability to inspire others to achieve success
- Willingness to seek alternative solutions to existing challenges
- Motivated to pursue their goals
If so, join us for a campus tour, familiarize yourself with our world-renowned professors, and meet with our students from around the globe. Read about student experiences in our MFin Viewbook, and then decide whether you can see yourself working toward your own MFin at MIT Sloan.
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