Is MFin for Me?
Smart, Motivated People Interested in Finance
We seek smart, motivated applicants who are interested in finance. People with backgrounds in a variety of science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines find this quantitative approach to finance an appealing career path.
Recent Graduates and High-Tech Professionals
The Master of Finance (MFin) program may be appropriate for recent undergraduates, those who have several years of work experience in the finance industry, or for engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, or other high-tech professionals seeking a career transition into the finance world.
Tailor Your Coursework to Your Particular Area of Interest
Flexibility is a cornerstone of the MFin program. As an MFin student, you’ll be encouraged to tailor your coursework with elective study options that address your particular area of interest. It is even possible to take electives in the MIT School of Science or School of Engineering. Some students, for instance, have chosen to further develop their skills in mathematics or computer science as part of their MFin studies.
Variety of Backgrounds
Evidence of accomplishment, both academic and professional, will enhance any application. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they will have completed a bachelor degree (in any major) by the start date of the yearly program. Students with a three-year bachelor degree from international schools are also eligible to apply. A professional internship or work experience is encouraged.
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