Master of Finance
How to Apply to the 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–these dates will be posted when the application goes live in early July. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.
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, 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 from the Human Resources department at the company. We should be able to call Human Resources, in order to verify that you participated in the official internship. Please include company name, 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 and/or if an experience was not official (i.e. you were not hired by HR), please list this experience on your resume. Please 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, and special skills/interests, and languages spoken (if applicable).
The mission of the Master of Finance program at MIT Sloan is to create the next generation of principled, global financial leaders able to apply with 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?
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 an academic source.
- 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.
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 page.
- It is your responsibility to remind your recommender 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 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.
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.
Please list courses that you are currently taking or that you have completed in the following areas:
- Multivariable Calculus
- Probability Statistics
Additionally, applicants are 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.
Standardized tests, such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS 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. However due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the MFin program will allow for candidates for the 2021-22 admission cycle to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences. If admitted, candidates will not be required to take a test.
We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online version of exams. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes:
- GRE School Code: 3514
- GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-64
- 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.
We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:
Veteran and active-duty U.S. military personnel
- Current Teach for America members and alumni
- Current Peace Corps members
To request a fee waiver, please start your application and navigate to the Payment section where you will find the fee waiver form and information on the documentation required to obtain the waiver. Your request will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results. If your fee is waived, it will be reflected on this page and you will be able to proceed with submission.
Please note that all fee waiver requests must be submitted at least ONE week before the application deadline and we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online.