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

The last deadline for the application cycle for the 2016-17 academic year was November 30, 2015. As always, we accept applications year-round, however, our application is currently closed. If you wish to apply to the MFE program for the 2016-17 academic year, please contact the MFE Office at mfe@haas.berkeley.edu for further informaiton. Files that are incomplete as of December 15, 2015 will not be considered for the March 2016 entry.

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

The application for the program beginning in March of 2017 will open on December 10, 2015. Please see below for the application deadlines for the 2017-18 term; all Application deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time:

 

Round: Online application submitted by: Application will be reviewed by:
One January 13, 2016 March 11, 2016
Two March 31, 2016 May 27, 2016
Three June 22, 2016 August 19, 2016
Four October 3, 2016 December 2, 2016

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*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, 2016 will not be considered for admission for the 2017-18 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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First-Person

Dale Choi

Dale Choi
MFE 10

Full Time:
Quantitative Research Analyst
Securities and Exchange Commission

Internship:
Citigroup
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."