Master of Finance
How to apply to the Master of Finance (MFin) program
What’s your story? What experiences have shaped who you are today? We are on a quest to find curious, passionate, analytical candidates who will enhance the collaborative community here at MIT. Our goal is to create a vibrant learning environment rich in diverse ideas and life experiences. We welcome applicants from all over the globe. Above all, we seek thoughtful emerging leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities, determined to make their mark in the world – people who value dignity and respect. Here’s how to get started!
The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.
All applications are due by 3:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date. The deadline is for both application materials and recommendation letters. All decisions will be released by end of day on the decision release day.
A complete application for 2024 entry requires:
Please submit a one-page resume. This will help us easily track your academic and career path. For jobs and internships, try to focus on your results, not just your title or job description. Here are some pointers on formatting:
- One-page limit
- Times New Roman font
- Size 10 font
- Word or PDF formats only
Provide the following information in reverse chronological order:
- Education: Please include relevant awards, scholarships, and professional societies.
- Full-Time Work Experience: Full-time work experience is defined as more than four months of post-degree work. This should be paid and full-time. Please include company name, your title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
- Internship(s): An internship is categorized as official work done through a company. Your internship may either be paid or unpaid, as long as you were hired directly by the Human Resources department at the company. We should be able to call Human Resources to verify that you participated in the official internship. Please include company name, your title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
- Other Work Experience: If you worked with a mentor or someone with relevant industry experience or if you participated in a project or research that was not official (i.e., you were not hired by the Human Resources department), please list this experience on your resume. Include details of your experience, who you worked with, results-oriented bullets, and dates.
- Additional information: Please include extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, special skills/interests, and languages spoken (if applicable).
The mission of the MFin program at MIT Sloan is to create the next generation of principled, global financial leaders able to apply the latest modern finance theories and methods. We’re interested in students with the drive and ambition to go on to advance financial management practice and improve the world. Using relevant, verifiable details, such as awards, rankings, media references, etc, applicants are asked to respond to three short-answer questions. Each response should be 200 words or less.
Question 1: Please discuss your past academic and professional experiences and accomplishments that will help you succeed in the Master of Finance program. Include achievements in finance, math, statistics, and computer sciences, as applicable.
Question 2: Tell us about your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will our MFin degree help you achieve these goals?
Question 3: What personal qualities will enable you to contribute to the advancement of our mission?
Applicants are invited to expand on their background by responding to the following optional 250-word short answer question:
How has the world you come from shaped who you are today? For example, your family, culture, community, all help to shape aspects of your life experiences and perspective. Please use this opportunity if you would like to share more about your background.
This question is truly optional; applicants will not be evaluated more positively or negatively should they choose to respond. This is an opportunity for you to share more about yourself with the Admissions Committee, should you choose to do so.
Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here's your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can't wait to meet you!
Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:
- No more than 1 minute (60 seconds) in length
- Single take (no editing)
- Speaking directly to the camera
- Do not include background music or subtitles
All MFin applicants will be prompted to respond to a randomly generated, open-ended question.
Video Question 2 is a part of your required application materials and will appear as a page within the application, once the other parts of your application are completed.
The question is designed to help us get to know you better; to see how you express yourself and to assess your communication style. It does not require prior preparation and will not be a technical question.
Applicants are given one minute to prepare a 60 second response.
MFin applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.
A detailed recommendation can tell us a lot about you. Make sure you select individuals able to speak about your qualifications and impact.
- One letter must come from someone who can speak to your quantitative abilities.
- If you are a current student, you should submit two letters from your current school and one letter from a recent internship, preferably from a previous supervisor.
- If you are working full-time, one letter of recommendation should come from your most recent employer and another letter of recommendation from an academic source, preferably a previous professor. The third recommendation can be either academic or professional.
Some important details:
We do not accept recommendations from family members.
Recommenders must submit their letters online.
Recommendations may be either letter or short answer format.
Recommendations should not exceed two pages.
Your letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline date. It is your responsibility to remind your recommenders of the deadline date and to make sure it is submitted on time.
Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:
How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts and communicates with others, including peers and superiors.
Please give an example of how the applicant has synthesized and executed on an assigned task and/or mastered new material.
Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.
Please navigate to the Recommendation Letter section of the application and add your recommenders’ contact information; they will be sent instructions on how to submit their letter.
Please scan and upload your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you attended or are currently attending. If you are currently earning a degree, please upload your most up-to-date transcript. We review transcripts carefully, please double check that what you have uploaded is legible.
Some important details:
All applicants to the program must hold a four-year undergraduate degree or three-year equivalent undergraduate degree from outside of the U.S. by time of matriculation.
Do not mail any hard copies of official academic records or transcripts.
If you received an undergraduate degree as part of a Master’s program, please include an undergraduate entry in addition to your Master’s degree.
If your transcripts are not in English, please scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.
We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts. If you're having difficulty uploading your document, this may be the reason. Print out your transcript, scan it, and upload the PDF.
We do not accept transfer credits. Any MIT classes taken pre-matriculation cannot be counted towards your degree at MIT Sloan. MIT undergraduate students who have taken specific Course 15 credits and candidates who have completed the MITx MicroMasters in Finance may be eligible to waive some of the summer term with prior MFin Program approval.
Once admitted to the program you will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from all schools attended. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate's rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.
Our curriculum is rigorous. Knowing what courses you’ve taken will give us a quick way to assess how you might handle the MFin curriculum. Please list courses that you are currently taking or that you have completed in the following areas:
- Linear Algebra
- Multivariable Calculus
Applicants are also welcome to submit other pieces of academic evidence such as professional certifications or non-degree coursework; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.
We are also interested in learning about your proficiency in computer language programming. We prefer candidates with demonstrated proficiency in Python. While candidates may be admitted without Python, it is expected that admitted students will need to demonstrate proficiency in Python prior to matriculation.
Standardized tests, such as the GRE and GMAT, are a component of the application process and play an important role in our evaluation process. The admissions committee will continue to accept the remote/at-home version of these exams. If your current situation prevents you from being able to submit a test score, the MFin program will allow candidates to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences.
We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online versions of exams. The TOEFL and IELTS are optional. If you would like to submit those scores, you can find out school codes below. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes:
- GRE School Code: 3845
- To share your GMAT score, please enter Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management
- TOEFL School Code: 3935 (We will not accept MyBest TOEFL Scores)
- IELTS School Code: MIT Graduate Admissions
The non-refundable application fee of $150.00 USD must be paid online prior to submitting your application.
In addition to the list below, attendees of some recruitment events and conferences where MIT Sloan is present may qualify for an application fee waiver. If you are in attendance at one of these events, you will be notified at the conclusion of the event and the payment section of your application will reflect the waiver automatically.
Please note that we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online. If you are submitting a request, please wait to hear back from us.
You may be eligible for a fee waiver if any of the following apply:
- Current Teach for America Members or Alumni
- Current Peace Corps Members
- Veteran or Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel
- Paying the application fee will result in insurmountable financial hardship
Participants from the following list of programs, conferences, and fellowships are also eligible for an application fee waiver:
MIT Sponsored Programs
- MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP General)
- MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP Biology/BCS/CBMM)
- On-Campus MIT ACCESS Program
- MIT Media Lab Open House Travel Grant Recipients
- MIT OME Laureates and Leaders
- MIT OME The Standard
- MIT Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)
- Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Summer Institute
- APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (APSA DFP)
- Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (EBICS REU)
- Gates Millenium Scholars Program
- Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
- McNair Scholars Program
- Mellon Mays Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
- Morehouse College Dr. John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program Hopps (HOPPS)
- National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
- Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE)
- The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
- University of Baltimore Maryland County Meyerhoff Scholars Program
- Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Events and Conferences
- ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
- California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
- Emerging Researches National Conference in STEM (ERN)
- FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference
- Georgia Tech Virtual Graduate Showcase
- Grace Hopper Celebration Conference
- Howard University Research Month
- Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (SREB)
- Ivy Plus Puerto Rico
- MC-STEMP Graduating Engineering Minorities (GEM) GRADLab
- National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- National Organization of Minority Architects
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Spelman College Research Day
- The National GEM Consortium
The Interview Process
Interviews are by invitation only. They are a required step in the process. An invitation to interview signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but it does not guarantee admission.
Candidates will be invited by email. Interviews will be conducted virtually and will be scheduled in local Boston time. Please adjust your calendar to reflect the correct time if you are located outside of the Eastern Time Zone.