Master of Finance

MFin Curriculum

Putting ideas into action is fundamental to MIT’s approach to knowledge creation, education, and research. In the MFin program, presents itself in a rigorous, hands-on curriculum that offers students the chance to build a deep reservoir of finance knowledge and immediately put that knowledge to work in the world. MFin students participate in Action Learning experiences including Proseminars and the Finance Lab

The MFin curriculum consists of required fundamental and advanced subjects, restricted electives, and an action learning course. Students may choose to write a thesis or pursue an independent study, pending approval by the faculty director.

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Timeline of the MFin Program

The MFin program degree is completed in 18 months with the option to accelerate the degree requirements and complete it in 12 months. This allows you to tailor the program to your specific needs.

Take an in-depth look at the MFin Program Timeline here

The degree requirements are the same for both formats; the only difference is timing.  

During the 18 months, students will have the option to complete an internship during the second summer term, take additional courses, or use the additional time to write a thesis.

The shorter timeframe allows you to earn a full MFin degree in one year—including an Action Learning experience where you’ll work with corporate partners on real-world challenges—accelerating your path to a rewarding career.

Curriculum at a Glance

Core Requirements

Required Action Learning**

Which is right for you: A Proseminar or Finance Lab?

All MFin students participate in Action Learning by enrolling in either a Proseminar or Finance Lab. Both experiences match students with industry-based challenges. Proseminars offer an opportunity to solve financial problems, while Fin-Lab teams research and analyze a challenge with host companies. Although only one of these courses is required, students often choose more than one to practice important social skills and gain industry experience critical for success in a diverse, global economy.

MFin Student Experience: The Impact of Action Learning

Pavel Lebedev, MFin '20, reflects on how the Finance Research Practicum improved his knowledge of finance. Plus, find out how this experience contributed to his career search.

Restricted Electives***

** Minimum of one required
*** Restricted electives must be taken while enrolled in the MFin program. Courses taken as an undergraduate at MIT may not be counted toward the MFin requirements.
**** Program Degree Requirements as of Fall, 2023. Subject to changes.    

Business Analytics Certificate

MIT Certificates allow you to tailor your education to meet your professional goals. MFin students may complete the Business Analytics Certificate while in the program.

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