“I wanted a program where I could apply my engineering background to finance. But, I also wanted a program with the freedom to learn what I wanted to learn, that didn’t pigeonhole me.”
First-hand knowledge is critical to developing a broad understanding of financial markets. To expand your knowledge of careers in finance, and to extend your exposure to the financial community, we’ve incorporated two industry treks into the curriculum. These wide-ranging company visits, called industry treks, offer students the chance to sit down with executives and learn more about firms where they might like to work.
New York City Capital Markets Day
Students head to New York City for a structured introduction to capital markets and industry networking opportunities. After students are introduced to a variety of New York firms, industry leaders participate in a networking lunch and then a finance boot camp. In the evening, students attend a networking reception with MFin alumni.
Asia Finance Trek
Students travel to Asia for a weeklong immersion in Asian finance. In Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai students meet with four to five companies per day for a series of discussions.
Student-Organized Industry Treks
In addition to these MFin class treks, student groups organize other industry treks in collaboration with the Career Development Office. Popular treks include the Warren Buffett Trek, the IT Trek, and the Healthcare Trek.
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“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
"The classroom itself is filled with so much collective brain power . . . it's obvious that I'm caught up in a room full of 124 of the brightest, most curious people from around the world."
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
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"The launch of the MFin program is driven by expanding demand in the financial sector based on the growth of the new financial theories, applications, and technologies."