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.

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