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.

Application deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time:

Round: Online application submitted by: Application will be reviewed by:
One January 22, 2014 March 14, 2014
Two April 1, 2014 May 30, 2014
Three June 19, 2014 August 22, 2014
Four October 15, 2014 December 15, 2014

*Slots are held open until applications from the October 15, 2014 deadline are considered and processed. Late applications will be accepted through November 13, 2014. Late applications will take 4-6 weeks to process from the day that they are marked "complete". Applications that are incomplete by December 15, 2014 will not be considered for admission for the 2015-16 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."