Core Requirements

The MFin curriculum consists of required fundamental and advanced subjects, restricted electives, an Action Learning course, and general electives. Students have an option of writing a 24-unit thesis or 12-unit independent study, which may replace one or more of the program’s general electives, pending approval by the faculty director.

MIT’s motto, "Mens et Manus" or "Mind and Hand," is very much a working credo. Putting ideas into action is the fundamental principle underlying the Institute’s approach to knowledge creation, education, and research. In the MFin program, "Mens et Manus" manifests itself in a rigorous hands-on curriculum that offers students the chance to build a deep reservoir of finance knowledge and immediately put that knowledge to work in the world. MFin students participate in many Action Learning experiences including, but not limited to, Proseminars and a Finance Research PracticumSM.

Proseminars offer students an outstanding opportunity to work with leading industry practitioners on authentic industry problems. The two Proseminars for MFin students — Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking and Proseminar in Capital Markets/Investment Management — help students bridge the gap between theory and practice and introduce them to the broader financial community. The Finance Research PracticumSM similarly offers an opportunity to work on projects proposed by external sponsors, but more intensely. The projects are motivated by real business problems of the sponsor companies and provide an opportunity for students to apply skills they have learned in class in a business setting.

The following courses are required:

Required Core

15.415 – Finance Theory

15.516 – Corporate Financial Accounting

15.S24 - Fundamentals of Financial Mathematics

Required Advanced Subjects

15.450 – Analytics of Finance

15.433 – Investments

15.434 – Advanced Corporate Finance

Required Action Learning

Minimum of one from the following:

15.451 – Proseminar in Capital Markets/ Investment Management

15.452 – Proseminar in Corporate Finance/ Investment Banking

15.S26 – Finance Research PracticumSM

Required Professional Development Course

15.S23 – Core Values, Regulation, and Compliance for Finance Professionals

 This course is mandatory for all MFin students and will take place during Spring H-2.

Restricted Electives

Required minimum of three courses from:

15.431 – Entrepreneurial Finance

15.437 – Options and Futures Markets

15.438 – Fixed Income

15.445 – Mergers and Acquisitions

15.447 – International Finance – Capital Markets

15.466 – Functional and Strategic Finance

15.467 – Retirement Finance, Lifecycle Investing, and Asset Management

MFin students are required to take at least one Restricted Elective each term. Restricted electives must be taken while enrolled in the MFin program. Courses taken while an undergraduate at MIT may not be counted toward the MFin requirements.

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