MIT Master of Finance MFin program

MIT Master of Finance MFin program

Established
2009
Type
Full-time
Tuition
Learn about tuition, fees and fellowships and financial aid information: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mfin/apply/tuition-and-financial-aid/
Application deadline
January 3, 2019
Location
Cambridge, MA
For discerning students looking for a rewarding career in finance, the MIT Sloan Master of Finance Program carries with it a legendary reputation, world renowned faculty and innovative, hands-on learning experiences in a top-ranked, early-stage finance degree. An MFin degree is a smart investment in your future, generating returns throughout your lifetime.
Distinctive Value

Academic Excellence: MFin students are high achievers from around the world who selected our world-class STEM program — emphasizing a foundation in how markets work, and a rigorous curriculum engineered around the most advanced financial theories, quantitative models and industry practices — and are tailoring it to meet their specific career requirements.

World Renowned Faculty and Hands-on Action Learning: Students learn from recognized finance authorities who paved the way for modern finance and continue to influence global policies and practices — a hallmark of MIT — and collaborate with industry practitioners in high-impact action learning assignments.

Rewarding Careers and the MIT Experience: Students benefit from a program designed to prepare students to make a difference, with personalized guidance targeting premier careers among highly sought-after established financial firms, public institutions, and leading-edge organizations. Students access an ecosystem of finance resources and alumni, and join an inspiring community of innovators, carrying MIT’s reputation with them throughout their careers. Highlights of our graduates Employment and the latest Employment Report can be found here.

Meet Our Students: What is it like to be an MFin student here? Our students are unique, representing a diverse range of backgrounds. They experience MIT Sloan in their own way yet create a cohesive community. Here is a link to their profiles.

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Big program, big tuition fees, not much scholarships, not much campus recruiting. Professors are good but hard to get to know. Lots of group work and students self select after 1st term. hard to get to know your classmates. Boston and Cambridge are awesome, cool envirnoment to be in. overall school seems a little too focused on the $$ - can't believe they kept taking Epstein $$ - lose a star for that.
Something seems to be broken with the culture at MIT Sloan MFin. They push group assignments in almost all the courses, but don't seem to care if people are simply copying the answers from their group-mates. Faculty don't want to get involved with any discussions about cheating. It is a no win situation for them. Students who don't like their grades can simply keep arguing with the professor to get it changed. The admin people make sure to tell the professors what grade a student needs to avoid failing out - guess what happens then?

Finally, recent disclosures of MIT's connections with Jeffrey Epstein, particularly after his first conviction as a sex offender, point to something really missing from the schools value system.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-an-elite-university-research-center-concealed-its-relationship-with-jeffrey-epstein
Program is OK but plenty of room for improvement

++ Program is big - there are around 150 MFins on campus in the fall - challenging on a lot of levels - probably toughest is that it's harder to get to know the professors, make a good impression

++High cost - given above

++A lot less recruiting on campus than expected - MBAs still getting the best treatment from employers - I guess that's the way it is

++Tough to get to know your classmates - students seem to fall into social groups by country pretty early on - not sure if the school can do much about this
Pluses:
fellow students are very sharp academically, you will learn a lot from them - sometimes a bit intimidating! but many are super generous sharing what they know.

good teaching, especially from the course assistants / grad students - very accessible and helpful especially coming up to midterms and finals - they really try hard to teach you every thing you need

MIT reputation :0

Very good location / Boston is a great college town, able to meet so many young people from other schools too


Minuses:
Size of program - it's really big! can feel very hard to make an impression especially on professors - can be a little easy to get lost

On campus recruiting is really weak for such a large program. Career office tries hard, but typical 'recruiting' for MFins is a meet-and-greet event with a dozen students surrounding someone from a firm - meanwhile the MBA students have targeted recruiting presentations from employers visiting sloan with many staff members, dedicated interview schedules just for them, actual employers coming to interview them - the difference is kinda shocking. you're a lot more 'on your own' for your job search than you'd think.

Cost - $100k for the 18mo program just seems so high, before all your living costs - with all the students attending, and not a whole lot of financial aid, kinda felt a bit like a money grab...

Group Work Free Riders - big emphasis on group work throughout sloan, but not a lot of interest in preventing 'free riders' slacking off - school seems to want to push that task back on the students - so it happens a lot more than it should. Try to get to know the folk you're going to be in teams with, especially for longer / intense courses.
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Solid academics - fellow students very smart - but it's hard to make relationships with professors - a lot of teaching done by grad students - not a huge surprise generally but not what I expected for a program that cost this much.

Very very few recruiters come to campus for MFins - kinda crazy considering how large the program is - seems like almost all recruiting activity is for MBA students.

Hard to mix with other students - MBAs do their own thing, and MFins tend to socialize by country / continent - not as social as I thought it would be.

Good to be in Boston - great college town.

Overall, not a bad program, but a lot of room to improve I guess, especially with getting recruiters on campus.
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  • 3.00 star(s)
Professors: Solid, though several no longer doing cutting-edge work

Curriculum: Liked the flexibility, but had to spend more time explaining courses to employers

Cost: High. It's one of the more expensive programs, with one of the larger classes - up to 150 MFINs in the fall now - not sure why still so expensive

Jobs: A lot fewer companies coming to MIT Sloan recruiting for MFINs than I expected - you often find yourself going up against MIT undergrads.

Students: Very smart. Hard to 'bond' with such a big class - lots of 'clicks' esp by ethnic group

Location: Amazing, great to be in Boston / Cambridge area

Overall, a solid program, but feels very costly relative to many of its competition, hard to stand out as a student to employers in such a big class.
As one of the current MFin students at MIT Sloan, I've had a fantastic experience at the school so far. There are so many great things to say about the program and the school, and I've listed a few important reasons below regarding why I chose MIT Sloan:

• MFin verus MFE (or other pure-quant programs): The MFin degree at MIT Sloan offers a lot of flexibility in the curriculum and is designed to help you tailor an academic training that best fits your career passion. It is a graduate finance degree that offers a solid foundation in modern finance theory, and besides the initial mandatory courses over the Summer Semester and Analytics of Finance/Action-Learning requirements, one is free to take other elective courses as you wish and customize the curriculum to meet your own career/academic objective. For example, I realized that I'm more interested in the Capital Market/Investment Management side of finance, so I specifically took courses that are more public market oriented such as Fixed Income, Options/Derivations, Investment Management etc. as opposed to some of my other friends who are pursuing a career in quant finance/trading, and therefore are taking more quant-heavy courses such as Dynamtic Programming, Stochastic Calculus, and other PhD level courses at both Sloan and the Engineering Department at MIT. Compared with other MFE programs, which have a stricter set of curriculum requirement and are more engineering/quantitative by design, I felt that the MFin degree offered me a greater Option Value because I could tailor my curriculum to be super quantitative and engineering focused by taking a lot of PhD level/quant classes offered at Sloan and Engineering department, but at the same time if ones decided that they turned out to be more interested in corporate finance or the capital market like I did, they would have the option to take more finance courses. So in a way, the MFin degree can be seen as a graduate finance degree or an engineering degree depending on how you take your classes, which to me at the time was a big advantage because I liked the option value whereas it might be more diffcult to do so at a MFE program.

• Top Business School + Top Engineering School: The MFin program is housed out of MIT's Sloan School of Management, which itself is a world-class business school that has an outstanding track record in management training and modern finance theory. What this means is that you would have access to some of the best professors in finance/business here at Sloan and would be able to network with MBA students and other senior corporate executives around the globe during and after your time at Sloan.This is a very valuable thing as you start your career and to me, having the opportunity to take classes with star professors such as Robert Merton and Andrew Lo etc. and join a very accomplished alumni network of MIT Sloan afterwards are life-time opportunities. Moreover, one would also be able to take courses at the Engineering School at MIT as mentioned earlier and have access to some of the best engineering minds in the world. Afterall, your Graduate Student experience at MIT can be very comprehensive and diverse, and being able to make friends from all over the schools at MIT are a great life-learning opportunity itself.

• Boston/Cambridge Is Just Awesome: Location is also another important factor to me and the fact that MIT is located in a major city on the East Coast and Boston/Cambridge are home to a number of other great college/universities would allow me the opportunity to make new friends and expand my network. Its faily close proximity and easy commute to NYC also allows students fast access to the capital center of the world! Boston/Cambridge are simply amazing places with lots of good restaurants/bars/social actilities, and I would say besides the weather in the winter (sometimes but not always that bad), your time here will be very fun.

• Amazing Students: Lastly I just want to mention how smart and friendly students at MIT and Sloan are. The caliber of the students I've interacted with are incredible and it's just really fun to be around smart/fun people who you can share an interesting and intelligient conversations with. To me that's very important and was also another factor that attracted me to MIT.
I don’t usually write reviews, but I read a lot of them before coming to the MFin program, and I know how important these reviews were on my decision process.

Therefore and for all of you reading this, I gave the five stars because:
There is something unusual about this university. Once you come to MIT and you’re surrounded with extraordinary people and an extraordinary campus, something will happen to you. It will not be up to you anymore to decide whether you want to push yourself to become a better person, it will happen automatically.

To be more concrete, I will share some examples about my MFin experience at MIT Sloan.

1- Flexibility: As much as the coursework is rigorous, the program is designed in a way to give students flexibility. I was able to tailor my program effortlessly and according to my initial plan.

2- Clubs: I was enrolled in many clubs such as Finance, Investment Management, Management Consulting, Sales, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, African, European, Asian, Middle East, and more! Did I have time to attend all of these club meetings? Definitely not! However, I was very selective and attended every event that was appealing to me. It is important to note that I learned from the sales club and public speaking club as much as I learned from the finance club and investment management club.

3- Unlimited Network: There are numerous talks happening around the MIT Sloan and MIT community. Also, MIT and Harvard club members organize conferences together, so there is no limit to the network you can gain while you’re here. Personally, I was not 100% sure prior coming to MIT about what is it that I really wanted to do with my life, and I found the answer in one of these finance conferences.

Since other reviews have discussed in details about the finance courses and curriculum, I hope that I have left you today with a new viewpoint about this unique education.
Best of luck to all of you.
I had an amazing experience over the past 11 months at MFin program. Looking back, I have learned a lot academically, and solidified my finance foundation. Even though I had a finance related background prior to coming to MIT, MIT classes have given me a different (practical) perspective and an innovative view on finance. I have learned not only the theory, but more importantly how to apply the theories to the real world through classes (Finance Research Practicum and Proseminar) and projects. Analytics of Finance is a rather quantitative course, but it taught me more of how to learn things fast and under pressure than the stochastic calculus itself. I have also learned how to get out of my comfort zone, expand my comfort zone and push myself further. I developed close relationships with my classmates/faculty members and made life-long friends, who are more of family members than friends! Overall, I absolutely loved the master of finance experience at MIT Sloan and I would highly recommend this program to everyone!

I was frequently asked the following questions, and here is what I think:

Why did you choose to come to MIT Sloan?
I chose Sloan because of its international reputation, world-class professors (Andrew Lo, Bob Merton, Stewart Myers, Eric Rosenfeld, to name just a few), the action learning programs (Proseminar, Finance Research Practicum, and many practical class projects), and most importantly, the opportunity to learn from the best of the very best! I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience over the past year. Coming to Sloan is probably the best decision I have ever made and I am really glad that I am here.


How accessible are the professors here?
Extremely so. The hardest class I took was Analytics of Finance. Professor Kogan was really wonderful about rescheduling individual office hours for me when I couldn’t make it to the regular ones. And I heard that he tutored one of my classmates to bring him up-to-speed on the material.


What was your favorite class or professor?
Andrew Lo is the best. He told us that his goal is not to teach us finance but to change the way we think about finance and he really succeeds in this. He really builds a wide foundation (e.g. with the connection to neuroscience). Before I wasn’t interested in biology, but now I eagerly read papers on the subject. Professor Lo is so stimulating that the three-hour class goes by very quickly.

How would you sum up your experience in the MFin Program?
It was unforgettable and the people I met were just incredible. I was nervous before I arrived, but it’s actually a very happy, supportive, and honest environment. It broadened my horizons and I made lifelong friends.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
BA in Finance in Germany and 1 year work experience in financial services in Hong Kong

Did you get admitted to other programs?
Didn’t apply to any other in the US.
LSE MSc Finance

Why did you choose this program (over others, if applicable)?
Brand Name
Quality of Professors
Flexibility
Location

Tell us about the application process at this program
Essays, Recommendation, Interview – the usual

Tell us about the courses selection in this program. Any special courses you like?
The MFin program is probably the most flexible finance program you’ll find. Depending on you preferences you can tailor the program to a quant finance program (include math and programming courses from main campus), general finance (sticking to MFin courses) ,or a business program (taking MBA classes at Sloan as well as HBS, HKS, Harvard Law, etc.)

My favorite course was probably ‘Valuation’ with Stewart Myers where we had to value all sorts of real project in a team (ex. an oil field in Siberia, wind turbines at Cape Cod, Liquid Gas in Alaska). After each project Prof. Myers met each team individually and talked through the valuation process.

Tell us about the quality of teaching:
Definitely the best quality of professors you’ll find in the area of finance. I took courses with Robert Merton, Stewart Myers, Andrew Lo and Stephen Ross. All of whom made significant contributions in the area of finance and who are great professors. Professors and TAs are approachable at all times.

Programming component of the program
I used Matlab and VBA
depending on your course selection you might use C++, Python, etc.

Career service
Students can use the career services of MIT as well as MIT Sloan, which gives us a really wide range (anything from prop shop to MBB) of access to career opportunities. MIT’s alumni network is huge – I contacted a bunch of alumni to get more information about specific companies and positions and almost everybody responded and was more than helpful.

Can you comment on the social interaction between students of different ethnics, nationalities in the program?
The program is very diversified from students all over the world - anything from Iceland to China.

What do you like about the program?
Flexibility, Professors, MIT Culture

What DON’T you like about the program?
Program hasn't been around for a long time and sometimes doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Suggestions for the program to make it better:
Raise awareness of the program externally (rankings, etc) and internally (more MIT undergrads).

What are your current job status? What are you looking for?
Accepted offer with a leading consulting company in New York

Besides the program's websites, what alternative sources of info you used to learn more about the program?
Quantnet
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