Admissions Criteria

The MFE can be completed in 12 months of full-time coursework. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling deadline, and up to 68 students are enrolled each year. The program begins and ends only in the spring (March), and is not available part-time. The goal of the application review process is to identify those candidates who are the strongest fit with our program. Applicants should possess:

  • A valid degree from an accredited institution, comparable to the 4-year Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley
  • Recommended post-university work experience. Preferred but not required. The MFE also admits undergraduate students with strong academic background with little to no experience
  • Prior exposure in computer programming (C, C++) and familiarity with computers as a computational and management tool
  • Experience with statistical and econometric applications (Examples: SAS, Gauss, RATS, S-Plus, and Garch)
  • A strong quantitative background including linear algebra, multivariate calculus, differential equations, numerical analysis and advanced statistics and probability (see our prerequisite course chart)
  • Experience with mathematical tools (Examples: MatLab, Mathematica, or MathCad)
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills (in English)

Application Deadlines

Please note that our program begins in March of each year and that we do not have a fall intake.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 term. The application for the 2015-16 term will be open through 11:59 PM Pacific time on November 13, 2014. Please note that you may submit supplemental materials (such as transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters, etc.) until December 15, 2014.

Please note that late applicants are advised that their files may be reviewed on a space-available basis. Applications that are incomplete by December 15, 2014 will not be considered for admission for the 2015-16 term.

The application for the program beginning in March of 2016 will open on December 2, 2014. Please see the application deadlines for that term below.

Application deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time:

Round: Online application submitted by: Application will be reviewed by:
One January 15, 2015 March 13, 2015
Two March 30, 2015 May 21, 2015
Three June 18, 2015 August 21, 2015
Four October 1, 2015 December 9, 2015

*Slots are held open until applications from the October 1 deadline are considered and processed. Late applications are accepted through November 2, although applications received after October 1 may be reviewed on a space-available basis. Late applications will take 4-6 weeks to process from the day that they are marked "complete". Applications that are incomplete by December 15, 2015 will not be considered for admission for the 2016-17 term.

To apply to the MFE Program, applicants must submit an online application. The MFE Program no longer has a paper application.

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Dale Choi

Dale Choi
MFE 10

Full Time:
Quantitative Research Analyst
Securities and Exchange Commission

New York, New York

"The classes at Haas challenged me to change my mindset from the very start....Yes, the professors teach theory, but more importantly, they teach you to think like a financial engineer."