We've been communicating with a few current students in the MIT MS Finance program. They are currently doing their mid-terms so we expect the reviews to arrive in the very near future.
Wow. It was really up to 900 applications? MIT's MFin program must be doing phenomenally well to have that much of an increase in only the second year.
The expectations are high and of course the school brand name is strong.
However it is a bit of a problem to say that program is phenomenal with no history. Wait another 3-5 years and then it can be ranked ...
Granted that some of it is probably attributed to the brand name, the fact that it increased by almost 6-fold suggests that the first year must have been a success, otherwise we would see similar numbers both years... especially with all of the economic worry and it being such an expensive program, I would be surprised to see so many people willing to dish out that kind of money if they didn't know the program was going to be a hit.
A quick question to the current MIT MFin students...
From the students that have job offers, how many are international students?
I've been accepted to the MIT MFin for 2010 but I am worried that I will graduate and not get a job (in the US) due to the fact that I'm an international student (i.e. no green card).
I'm tempted to take LSE MSc Finance as a safer option, as in the UK you are granted a 2 year work permit on graduation.