• Personalized curriculum

    The Master of Finance program ensures that students have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of financial theory and practice, along with the flexibility to customize their coursework and experience to meet their career and personal goals.

    Fundamentals first, then electives

    Over the summer term, students take intensive courses in finance theory, corporate financial accounting, and financial mathematics. In the first semester, they begin to specialize with coursework from a set of restricted electives, then further expand in their chosen areas with general graduate electives from MIT Sloan or other MIT departments, such as electrical engineering and computer science, economics, or mathematics.

    Collaborative environment

    Group learning and interaction with peers are highly valued and fostered at MIT. In courses based on cases and problem sets, students connect with peers from around the world. Learning to develop effective teams is a cornerstone of the MFin program and experience. Working in small groups, students learn from and challenge one another, sharing different perspectives and backgrounds while building lasting relationships.

    Beyond the classroom

    The MFin at MIT Sloan is a professional degree taught in a school of management, with all the benefits that come from that environment. Some MFin classes are taken with other graduate students, including MBAs, PhDs, and MIT Sloan Fellows. MFin students are welcome to join MIT’s Finance Club, Investment Management Club, and Venture Capital & Private Equity Club, as well as many other social and professional clubs available to all graduate students.

    Program components

    The curriculum includes the following components:

    • Required summer courses in finance theory, financial mathematics, and accounting to provide the foundation for financial management, along with career workshops to improve skills, such as writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and networking.
    • A series of required advanced subjects, including a quantitative financial analysis course, which covers mathematical, statistical, and computational methods; a financial markets course, which covers portfolio and pricing theory; and an advanced corporate finance course.
    • A set of required electives that focus on managerial areas in finance.
    • An array of electives, ranging from financial technology courses and quantitative methods to economics, and additional advanced finance courses.
    • Action Learning courses that integrate financial theory and applications with hands-on work experience in the financial industry. These project-based courses challenge students to solve problems with MIT's partner corporations, culminating in student presentations to corporate decision makers.
    • A required professional development course focusing on ethics, professionalism, and values.
    • An optional lecture series with industry leaders and study tours to Asia and the UK broaden exposure to global markets and the financial community.
    • An optional 24-unit thesis, which may replace a maximum of two electives, or an independent study with approval by the faculty director.
    • Optional concentrations in capital markets, corporate finance, and financial engineering.