Program Components

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Launched as a direct response to demand in the financial industry, our Master of Finance program combines in-depth study of quantitative techniques with practical, hands-on business problem solving. The program prepares students for a broad range of financial careers — careers requiring analytical rigor and the ability to innovate around market challenges.

MIT Sloan’s MFin goes beyond the traditional synergies among economics, finance and accounting, to exploit the intellectual ties among finance and mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science, and engineering. A high level of flexibility and these elective courses allow you to tailor your MFin experience to your specific area of interest and your career goals.

Foundation First

The MFin program kicks off with a rigorous, foundational six-week term beginning in July and teaches you to use advanced mathematical models and quantitative methods to create innovative solutions to complex finance problems. Required core courses taken in the summer immerse you in these methods, and deepen your understanding of the theoretical fundamentals in finance and corporate accounting.

Coursework is collaborative, and students work together on projects and problem sets. Team building becomes increasingly critical as the world grows more complex, and as businesses have to work across borders. Learning to develop effective teams is part of our structure and is a cornerstone of the MFin program and experience.

In addition to building your technical skills, summer coursework from the Career Development Office (CDO) also builds the “soft” skills you need to effectively enter the workplace. Coursework — both theoretical and hands-on — helps you develop your résumé, write cover letters, improve and practice behavioral and technical interviewing, sharpen your networking skills, and even polish your table etiquette. Interviews begin on campus in early September.

Action Learning — Think, Act, Reflect

MIT Sloan is the leader in Action Learning in management education. Our approach integrates theory, real-world practice, and personal reflection to develop principled, innovative leaders who solve complex problems and produce systemic change. Action Learning is an integral component of every student’s experience at MIT Sloan. It is a unique process in which students constantly refine their learning through an ongoing, iterative sequence of theory, practice, and reflection. The integration of learning through classroom theory and real-world practice is part of MIT Sloan’s DNA.

All MFin students must take at least one Action Learning course, with options including a Proseminar in Financial Engineering, a Proseminar in financial Management, or the Finance Research PracticumSM. For the Proseminars, finance faculty collaborate with leading finance experts to provide a real-time problem to a team of four to six students. After three weeks, each student team prepares a report and presents their analysis for evaluation and feedback. The teams' final presentations are given at a seminar open to the entire MIT community.

In addition to the Proseminars, you also have the opportunity to participate in an intensive, monthlong research project for a sponsor company. In the Finance Research PracticumSM, teams of three tackle more extended, full-time problems, often on-site, during the month of January. The projects are motivated by real business problems of the company sponsors and provide an opportunity for students to apply the skills they have learned in class to a business setting.

The Proseminars and the Finance Research PracticumSM have two principal goals: to bridge the gap between finance theory and finance practice and to introduce students to the broader financial community.

Sloan Innovation Period

The Sloan Innovation Period (SIP), which takes place at the midpoint of each semester, offers the opportunity to participate in a variety of leadership and research seminars and activities, all centered on the theme of innovation. SIP provides our students and faculty with a flexible, open-format time period to jointly explore the terrain that makes MIT Sloan truly unique: the combination of our research expertise, our leadership acumen, and the hands-on application of this knowledge. 

Asia Study Tour and Industry Treks

Firsthand knowledge is critical to developing a broad understanding of financial markets. To expand your knowledge of careers in finance, and to extend your exposure to the financial community, we’ve incorporated two industry treks into the curriculum. 

During fall SIP week, students participate in the Boston Capital Market Series and meet with industry professionals at Boston-area financial firms as well as the Federal Reserve Bank. To further understand the finance sector, MFin students can travel to Asia in the spring for a weeklong immersion in Asian finance. In Hong Kong and Singapore, students meet with four to five companies per day for a series of discussions. 

Follow Your Interest

After the required summer courses, you are free to choose from a wide range of courses. With the help of faculty, industry mentors, and the CDO, you can craft the curriculum that best suits your vision and your future.

As an MFin graduate, you will leave MIT with a practical understanding of modern business, a comprehensive range of quantitative finance skills, and the applied expertise to know which approach best suits each unique circumstance.

Many career paths exist for MFin graduates. Employers seeking the skill sets of our graduates include: investment and corporate banks, brokerage firms, financial data providers, asset managers, hedge funds, venture capitalists, ratings firms, consulting firms, insurance companies, and the treasury and finance departments of major corporations and governments.

INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“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.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”

Katie Baron
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"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."

Ramy Hakim
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

“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.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“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.”

Ted Chan
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
MFIN STUDENT TAKE Collective Brainpower

"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."

Tiffany Wetherell
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”

Kelsey McCarty
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“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.”

Krishna Venugopalan
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
Senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“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.”

Lia Cavalcante
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“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!”

Libby Putman
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “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.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
$100K 2010 WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“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.”

Natanel Barookhian
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“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.”

Anne Reilly
MSTIR MIT Sloan Teaching Innovations Resources
"It’s always been a competitive advantage of MIT Sloan that faculty research gets into the classroom very, very quickly. That’s one of the things I personally enjoy about teaching here, students have the appetite and the capability for it. The cases are current and relevant to the issues that are top of mind."
John D. Sterman
Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management

“By training tomorrow’s leaders to manage the risks of the financial system effectively and ethically, we’ll have a fighting chance of surviving even the largest crises.”

- Andrew W. Lo
Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance