The Finance Certificate is an optional certificate program intended for both career-changers and experienced finance professionals. Students who complete the certificate are awarded a certificate in finance in addition to their degree. The Finance Certificate is an integrated program of courses and activities designed to expose students to the institutions and practices of the financial world. It grounds students in the principles of finance theory and in the application of theory to real problems and provide students with an overview of professional opportunities in finance. Interested students can view the full list of Finance Certificate requirements here.
A cornerstone of the Finance Certificate is course 15.403, Introduction to the Practice of Finance, a half semester seminar limited to and required of Finance Certificate students. This course consists of faculty presentations, outside speakers, and activities designed to provide an overview of institutions, practices, and professional opportunities in finance, and to facilitate relationships and group learning experiences among certificate students.
Other required courses include 15.401 Managerial Finance and 15.402 Corporate Finance.
We also offer Action Learning courses; where the primary focus is to solve a current business problem, typically with an external client. Finance Certificate students may take one action learning course to count towards their elective requirement. Pre-approved action learning courses include:
Action Learning Courses
Provides a unique opportunity to tackle original research problems in capital market analysis and investment management that have been posed by leading experts from the financial community. Students are assigned to teams, and each team is assigned one such problem. Teams present their solutions at a seminar which is attended by representatives of the sponsoring organization and open to the entire MIT community. Not open to students from other institutions.
This Action Learning experience is your opportunity to bring theory into practice by tackling problems provided by executives in corporate finance or investment banking. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams (combining MFin, MBA and Sloan Fellows) to analyze and problem-solve, culminating in reports which the teams present in a group setting for evaluation and feedback. This course is designed to test and hone your skills at capturing the core of a real-world finance problem, and developing a creative and insightful solution that is sensitive to the full context. It is also a chance to develop key communication skills, presenting difficult concepts clearly, concisely and persuasively. Not open to students from other institutions.
Bridges theory and practice, providing students with an immersive research and analysis experience during IAP followed by a classroom segment in the first half of spring term. Students work with leading industry practitioners and a diverse cross-section of students on collaborative teams, focusing on topical, real-world finance research questions posed by the practitioners. Teams then deliver a nuanced analysis and report findings, gaining insight and coaching from the experts. Practitioners represent a range of financial institutions, including investment management, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, risk and consulting. Examples of project topics include equity and fixed income research, trading, risk analysis, venture capital valuation, private equity diligence, and fundamental industry analysis.
Designed for entrepreneurial types interested in the FinTech space, this course presents a unique opportunity to work through the nuts and bolts of developing, investing in or acquiring a FinTech startup. Bring your idea and/or team, or find both at class and develop your plan for the final "Demo Day" in front of a group of investors. In each class a new speaker (entrepreneurs, legal experts, venture capitalists) is welcomed who addresses relevant topics, while students present progress reports and receive advice and feedback. Students with an interest in being part of a FinTech startup, regardless of background (legal, financial, computer science, operations, etc.) should apply, individually or as part of a team. JD students from Harvard Law School and technical students from MIT are encouraged to apply. Enrollment by application only.
"Finance at MIT is a results driven culture. While it's essential to master the theory and technical challenges, we focus on the application of finance to high impact problems around the world."
To complete your certificate requirements, a rich roster of elective offerings allow for specialization in a variety of areas. There are limitless ways to combine the available Finance Certificate electives to target particular career objectives. Students have the flexibility to design a unique path tailored to their interests and career goals. To round out your experience, certificate students are encouraged to participate in at least one career exploration event such as, but not limited to: New York Finance Day, London Banking Days, or the Boston Investment Management Day. Outside of the classroom, the Finance Certificate offers sponsored seminars, networking opportunities with alumni and practitioners, academic and career advising, and social events throughout your two-year tenure at MIT Sloan.