You submitted your Master of Finance application – congratulations! That is definitely a significant milestone!
Our MFin Admissions committee is already busy. As we review your application, we are looking to learn about your academic ability, your passion for finance, and your leadership and teamwork skills. I imagine you are probably eager to find out more about the evaluation process and start preparing for the next step.
In mid-January to early February, we will email interview invitations to a subset of applicants. Interview invitations are sent in no particular order, so try not to stress (easier said than done, I know!).
I would like to share some interview tips with you:
Preparing for the Interview:
There are two main areas of focus for an MFin interview: one section will have questions focused on your personal attributes and the other section will have questions about your career aspirations.
Here are some ways you can prepare:
Be ready to provide additional context to experiences you have previously shared AND discuss additional examples not included in your written application.
Practice talking about what you have learned from your experiences.
Focus on highlighting your own qualities and experiences. There will be no technical questions.
We will ask about your aspirations for a career in finance. Be prepared to share the work you have done in finance related jobs / projects.
Be prepared to ask a few questions about the MFin Program and/or the MFin experience.
Remember, there are no tricks, just bring your authentic self.
After the Interview:
Our Admissions Committee will notify interviewees of their final decisions on or before Monday, March 5, 2018.
We look forward to getting to know you better and helping you learn what MIT Sloan is all about.
The strongest candidates for the MFin program embody a diversity of strengths from academic excellence and a passion for finance to communication and leadership. Our most attractive candidates are able to highlight these characteristics. We are looking for you to tell your story and explain to us why the MFin program is the next best step in your career.
To help you put together your applications, check out our latest video featuring Diane Jordan, Associate Director of Admissions, with information and tips on the MFin application process.
Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the application:
Be authentic – Tell your own story!
You should self-report your test scores on the online application even if the official score report will not arrive in time.
Speak with your recommenders early to give them time to write the letter; make certain they know what is expected of them and remind them of the importance of our deadline—they are busy people!
Consider your goals and decide whether the 12-month or 18-month format is best for you. You will only be considered for the format you select in your application. If you are undecided (or open to either), we recommend selecting the “Both 12-month and 18-month” choice.
What happens next? A subset of applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted in person and will take place either on-campus or in several hub cities around the world.
Should you have additional questions, please email us. We look forward to receiving your application to the MFin program!
We’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 Master of Finance (MFin) and Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) application deadlines and decision dates:
January 4, 2018
March 5, 2018
January 9, 2018
March 8, 2018
Our applications for each program will be going live later this summer (think early August) and we’ll be sharing additional tips and information in the months to come. We are expecting some application updates for both programs, so keep checking our MFin website and MBAn website for further details and directions!
July 4th Office hours:
We’d also like to let you know that our Office of Admissions will be closed on Monday, July 3 through Tuesday July, 4. We’ll resume normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. Have a safe and fun 4th of July!
Congratulations to those of you who have submitted an application for our Master of Finance (MFin) program! Our admissions team is busy reading your applications, and we are excited to learn more about you!
A critical part of our evaluation process is the interview. It is an opportunity to bring your application to life and for us to get to know you a little better. In addition, the interview is an important time for us (and you!) to assess your fit with the MIT Sloan community. I encourage you to look at the attached interview guide with information to help you prepare. Since many of you are asking, here is what to expect:
Interviews are by invitation only and are a requirement for admission.
Interview invitations will begin going out on Monday, January 23rd and will continue to be sent on a rolling basis. We make every effort to send interview invitations at least 1 week prior to your interview date. The timing of your interview invitation is not a reflection of the strength of your candidacy. It’s about ensuring the quality and consistency of reviews and to ensure things go smoothly with interview sign-ups.
Interviews will be held from January 30 – February 22.
Interviews will be conducted in person in several key locations around the globe including Cambridge MA, London, Mumbai, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Candidates who are invited to interview will sign up for a 45-minute to 1-hour time block and will meet with 1-2 interviewers.
The interview will consist of both a behavioral assessment and a career assessment.
For more information, please join Kim Ebeling, Assistant Director of Admissions, for a series of admissions interview tip videos. Upcoming videos will be posted on our MIT Sloan Admissions Facebook page and will highlight some important interview tips!
The application deadline for the Master of Finance (MFin) program is quickly approaching. We hope this blog will provide some insights and tips on navigating our application process.
As you know, we have ONE deadline, so it is important that ALL materials be submitted online by the application deadline – January 5, 2017 3:00 pm ET. Specific instructions and a list of required application materials can be found on our website.
When reviewing candidates for the Master of Finance program we are assessing academic abilities, a passion for finance, and personal attributes such as leadership skills, relationship building skills, and personal presence.
Here are a few tips about the application materials:
Ensure that application materials demonstrate key competencies such as your academic achievements, internship/work success, and test scores as this information provides a comprehensive perspective of your abilities.
GMAT/GRE test results—timing may not always be convenient but you should SELF REPORT your test scores by the deadline even if the official scores will not arrive in time. We will verify the scores when you are admitted.
Letters of Recommendation—get to your recommenders early to give them time to write the letter; make certain they know what is expected of them and remind them of the importance of our deadline—they are busy people!
IELTS and TOEFL scores—you should SELF REPORT your test scores by the deadline.
The bottom line is this is your story—be authentic!
What happens next? A subset of applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted in person and will take place at our campus in Cambridge, MA and in several hub cities in Asia, Latin America and Europe. If you are invited to interview, you are always welcome to come to campus!
If you’re interested in learning more, admissions representatives will be hosting an informational online webinar on Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 am ET. Please join us to gather more tips for creating a successful MFin application. Should you have additional questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application to the MFin program!
We are excited to offer two STEM classified master’s degrees in finance and business analytics. While on the surface these degree opportunities may sound similar – studying at a world-class institution, action learning opportunities, and classes taught by faculty who are leaders in their field – the details of each program are really quite different.
Is Finance your passion? Are you about to complete your undergraduate degree or have you been working in the finance industry for a few years? Our Master of Finance (MFin) program, which can be completed in either 12 or 18 months, may be the right fit for you. As an MFin student, you may opt to concentrate in financial engineering, capital markets, or corporate finance. MFin applicants come from a variety of backgrounds with strong analytical skills. Through a rigorous curriculum the program prepares you to make an impact in a broad range of financial careers including Asset Management, Private Equity, and FinTech.
Do your interests lie in the area of Data Science? If so, you may choose our Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) degree. This fall, MIT Sloan welcomed its first cohort of students into this specialized 12-month program. The program was launched in conjunction with the MIT Operations Research Center and is designed for recent college graduates with strong mathematical, computer science and statistical backgrounds. If big data and programming languages such as Python, R, Julia, or JMP excite you, explore the MBAn curriculum which culminates with a hands-on summer capstone project working with companies on real business issues.
“I joined the MBAn program because I knew that when MIT set their sights on something, they do it right. I was very excited when I saw the variety of options within the program and how it combines key aspects from statistics, optimization, math, and computer science. I also think the setting for the program is both unique and amazing. At many universities, analytics programs are housed with the School of Engineering, but I feel that MBAn’s position within MIT Sloan combines technical skills with knowledge about how to implement insights. Being in a business school environment enables me to learn from a different set of students that have amazing experiences and perspectives.” –Karoline Egeland Skatteboe, MBAn ‘17
Whether a Finance or Business Analytics focus, students greatly benefit from the STEM classification of each program. The rigor of STEM classification is valued by all employers and benefits both domestic and international students. This designation also allows international students to extend their optional practical training in the United States if they so desire.
With the Master of Finance application date approaching, the Admissions team recently hosted a webinar to answer some commonly-asked questions. You can find the WebEx recording of the webinar here. Our admissions team has also developed the following slides, which describe the evaluation process. Please click on the slide above, or this link, to download the presentation.
We hope you find this information helpful, and look forward to receiving your applications on January 4th!
The application deadline for our Master of Finance (MFin) Program is on January 4th, just a month away. To help you prepare, MIT Sloan Admissions is hosting an Application Tips Webinar on December 10th, from 10-11am EST, so be sure to register here! Detailed application instructions are available online, as are descriptions of our 12-month and 18-month MFin Program options.
We understand that applicants spend a considerable amount of time pulling together a completed application. During the final stages of preparing your application, thinking clearly and focusing your efforts on all the elements with care can make a big difference. As you are assembling your application materials, we encourage you consider the Optional Question. This section of the application is an opportunity to be creative and distinguish yourself from other applicants. Whether it’s a YouTube video, an essay, or a powerpoint deck, try to keep it short and succinct. If you use a multimedia format, you must host the information on an active website and provide us with the link.
We look forward to receiving your application and learning more about you!