Application Instructions:

The application includes:

  • Résumé
  • Essay(s)
  • Optional Question
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Records (Transcripts)
  • Test Scores
  • Application Fee
  • Submission of your Application
  • Interview Policy


Please prepare a business résumé* that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time, full-time, or as an intern. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business résumé is welcomed and encouraged. The résumé should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines). We provide a résumé template to follow in the online application.


Essay 1: The mission of the Master of Finance program at MIT Sloan is to create the next generation of principled, global financial leaders with state-of-the-art training in modern finance theories and methods. Our program attracts the best and brightest students who go on to advance financial management practice and improve the world. Please draw upon experiences which have occurred in the past three years.

  • Please discuss past academic and professional experiences and accomplishments that will help you succeed in the MFin program. Include achievements in finance, math, statistics, and computer science as applicable.
  • Describe your short-and-long-term professional goals. How will our MFin degree help you achieve these goals?
  • Share personal qualities that will enable you to contribute to the advancement of our mission.

Relevant, verifiable details, such as awards, rankings, media references, etc., are requested. Responses should be written in essay format (750 or fewer words).

18-Month Pilot Essay: Applicants applying to the 18-month pilot will be required to submit an additional essay describing how the pilot structure will contribute to your academic and professional goals (250 or fewer words).

Optional Question

The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide the link to us.

Letters of Recommendation

Please submit three letters of recommendation. We require one letter of recommendation from an academic source, one letter of recommendation from a professional source, and the third letter of recommendation can be from either.

Please note:

  • We do not accept recommendations from family members.
  • Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept letters of recommendation via the mail.
  • Letters of recommendation should be no longer than two pages each.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
  • Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
  • Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
  • Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
  • If you are an academic/technical recommender, please tell us how well the applicant mastered the subject you taught or supervised and in what ways the applicant demonstrate this mastery.
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Academic Records (Transcripts)

Please scan and upload all copies of your academic records from all schools whose courses counted toward a degree. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.  

If your transcripts are not in English, you are required to translate them. There are several companies, such as WES, that offer translation services. We ask that you scan both the original and translated copies and submit them with your application.

Relevant Coursework: If applicable, please include details for economics, finance, math/statistics, or other relevant coursework completed, using short answer fields in the application.

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from each school attended. All admitted students will receive further mailing instructions after the decision deadline on where to send the materials. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate’s rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.

Test Scores

The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. We accept both the GMAT and GRE test results and have no preference for one over the other.  Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Test scores are only valid for five years. We calculate this using date of matriculation; therefore, we will consider all scores taken after July 1, 2011.  We ask that you also include percentiles when adding your score.

MFin GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-69

MFin GRE School Code: 3845

The TOEFL and IELTS are no longer required.

Application Fee

MFin Application Fee: $150.00

The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. You will be prompted for payment information after pressing the “Submit Application” button. If you wish to pay by means other than a credit card, you must send an email to at least one week before you intend to submit your online application.

We offer fee waivers to the following applicants. Applicants who qualify must email at least one week before the application deadline to process these waivers:

  • College seniors with U.S. citizenship, graduating from a U.S. institution in 2015 (please include your school name, graduation date, and the email address used to create the application in your email to
  • Active U.S. military personnel
  • Teach for America members/alumni
  • Teach for India members/alumni 
  • Peace Corps members 

Submission of Your Online Application

The online application is due at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline. You may complete and submit the online application at any time before the deadline. Save your work frequently, and print a copy for your own records. Please note that all required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Interview Policy

Interviews are by invitation only. All candidates accepted into our program will be interviewed in person. An invitation to interview thus signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission.

Candidates will be invited to interview by email at any time up until the decision deadline. Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview. We conduct interviews in person. Interviews will be conducted at MIT Sloan and in several key regions around the globe. Please indicate on the application the preferred location for your interview. Generally, interviews are conducted on weekdays and during business hours.

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