“I learned about the flexibility of MIT's Master of Finance degree. The degree was unlike any other as it was offered in a business school and allowed students to pursue all sorts of different career options.”
Who should apply
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.
A Wide Array of Experience and Backgrounds
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 program if they have completed a bachelor's degree by July 2013. 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.
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
"The classroom itself is filled with so much collective brain power . . . it's obvious that I'm caught up in a room full of 124 of the brightest, most curious people from around the world."
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“In one class I teach, I introduce a new economic concept each class in the context of a different country. In almost every case, we have one or more students in class who come from or have worked in these countries.”