“I wanted a program where I could apply my engineering background to finance. But, I also wanted a program with the freedom to learn what I wanted to learn, that didn’t pigeonhole me.”
What Is MFin?
The MFin program teaches you to use advanced mathematical models and quantitative methods to create innovative solutions to complex finance problems.
An intensive twelve month program, MFin is designed to prepare students in a broad range of careers in the financial industry — careers requiring analytical rigor and the ability to innovate around market challenges. Building on the foundation of MIT Sloan’s powerful finance legacy, the MFin program offers an unprecedented combination of heritage, resources, rigor, and relevance to shape the leaders who will shape the industry.
Many Career Options
Many career paths exist for MFin graduates. Employers seeking MFin skill sets include: investment and corporate banks, brokerage firms, financial data providers, asset managers, hedge funds, venture capitalists, ratings firms, consulting firms, insurance companies, and treasury and finance departments of major corporations and government.
Required Core Courses
Required core courses deepen your understanding of the theoretical fundamentals in both finance and corporate accounting. And, as MIT faculty bring current research into the classroom, you’ll be exposed to cutting-edge techniques as they’re developed and often before they’re published. You’ll be immersed in the entire range of possible finance careers. And you’ll take workshops to develop your “soft” business skills, such as building your resume, writing cover letters, honing your career story, networking, behavioral and technical interviewing — even dining etiquette.
A wide range of electives, from within MIT Sloan and other departments on campus, allows you to customize your knowledge to meet your vision and your future. You will choose from a variety of electives to tailor your MFin experience to the specific area of finance you wish to pursue.
You will take at least one Proseminar. Specific to MIT Sloan, you will join a team to work with high-ranking industry professionals, faculty, and partner companies to solve actual business problems. Proseminars give you exceptional professional access, culminating in a face-to-face presentation to the corporate decision makers responsible for the project. To deepen your real-world exposure, you may also undertake a month-long team project working with leading industry practitioners on important business problems.
Industry treks further expose you to the finance community. You will be introduced to an array of firms in New York, attend a finance boot camp on NYC Capital Markets Day, and spend a week in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai attending informal company meetings.
Immersed in the theoretical world of quantitative analysis and hands-on interaction with the real business world, MFin graduates are sought out for their value in the market and enjoy a wide range of career options. MFin students make use of both the MIT Sloan Career Development Office (CDO) and the MIT Global Education and Career Development Office.
The MFin program offers students unparalleled opportunities to explore synergies among economics, finance, and accounting, as well as the critical ties among finance and mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science, and engineering.
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