Admissions

Master of Financial Engineering Program

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++, Python) and familiarity with computers as a computational and management tool
  • Experience with statistical and econometric applications (Example: R)
  • 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 (Example: Matlab)
  • Experience with machine learning concepts
  • 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.

The application for March of 2017 has now closed, if you are interested in 2017, please contact us. The application for the program beginning in March of 2018 will be available December 15, 2016. Please see below for the application deadlines for the 2018-19 term; all Application deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time:

 

Round: Online application submitted by: Application will be reviewed by:
One January 19, 2017 March 10, 2017
Two March 29, 2017 May 25, 2017
Three June 22, 2017 August 18, 2017
Four October 2, 2017 December 1, 2017

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*Late applications will be accepted through November 15, 2017. Late applications will take 6 weeks to process from the day that they are marked "complete". 

** Applications received will take 6-8 weeks to process from the day that they are marked "under review". Applications that are incomplete by December 15, 2017 will not be considered for admission for the 2018-19 term. Please note that our office will be closed December 24 - January 1 for winter break.

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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