The Finance Track is an optional certificate program within the MBA program intended for both career changers and experienced finance professionals. Students who complete the Track are awarded a Certificate in Finance in addition to their MBA degree.
The Finance Track is an integrated program of courses and activities designed to:
expose students to the institutions and practices of the financial world
- ground students in the principles of finance theory and in the application of theory to real problems
- provide students with an overview of professional opportunities in finance
- create a cohort of students and alumni in financial careers
A cornerstone of the Finance Track is course 15.403, Introduction to the Practice of Finance, a first-semester seminar limited to and required of Finance Track 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 Track students.
Other required courses include 15.401 Managerial Finance, 15.402 Corporate Finance, and one Action Learning course; a course where the primary focus is to solve a current business problem, typically with an external client. Pre-approved action learning courses include:
Action Learning Courses
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 Track 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, Track 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 Track offers sponsored seminars, networking opportunities with alumni and practitioners, academic and career advising, and social events throughout your two-year tenure at MIT Sloan.