New York, New York
"The faculty focuses on teaching you how to Question the Status Quo, which is an integral part of how I learn. Working with students from various parts of the globe has made the experience even more enriching."
VP, Derivative Analysis
New York, New York
"In France, I studied applied mathematics, statistics and economics, but the courses I took were very theoretical. I wanted to gain a more practical approach to finance, and I believed the Berkeley MFE Program would offer the right balance between theory- and industry-oriented courses."
Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
"The Berkeley MFE helped me gain a more practical understanding of the financial markets, while being surrounded by diverse people with exceptional quantitative skills and financial knowledge."
Lattice Strategies, San Francisco, CA
"After completing the empirical finance and stochastic calculus courses in my first term, I knew I made the right choice by enrolling in the Berkeley MFE. Professors Martin Lettau and Johan Walden transformed their courses into remarkable learning experiences that could not be found at any other program in the country. They blended academic theories and practical applications in a very enticing way that kept me both challenged and entertained. Because my professors placed emphasis on implementation, while also explaining the intuition and economic rationale behind complex ideas, I gained a new knowledge of financial engineering that extends far beyond the pages of a textbook."
London, United Kingdom
One of the best things about the Berkeley MFE curriculum is that, "everyone gets to choose his or her own journey," says Sophia Chami. Building on a strong foundation of core courses, electives, research projects and independent study allows students to "try new fields or dig very deep into one specific topic."
Si Chen's ideal job would focus half on quantitative computations and half on communication. She wants to make sure that the products she designs meet the needs of real people. The Berkeley MFE Program's curriculum and collaborative approach to learning is designed to prepare her equally well for both halves of her ideal job. "This is a fast-moving field. There are new theories and products all the time. Doing research on the cutting edge requires a fresh mind, one that is constantly Questioning the Status Quo."
San Francisco, CA
"The group research project is paramount to the success of the MFE program – it kept us intellectually stimulated and gave everyone an opportunity to interact with investment professionals at world-leading investment management companies like BlackRock. We had biweekly meetings with BlackRock's director of the Fixed Income Group and I learned a lot of interesting industry practices. One of the best things about this program is the diversity of the student body. Everyone has different work experience, and the diversified academic backgrounds amongst the student body helps when collaborating on group projects. Students here are selfless; during our first break, two volunteered to give me a SQL tutorial, which greatly helped me during my interview."
Vice President, Structuring, Fund Linked Products
"In our classes, you don't just read the textbooks and listen to lectures, you do in-depth projects that teach you how to question and apply what you are learning. Working with a different team of students every quarter ensured that we all got to know each other, and create friendships and working relationships. Because everyone brought different strengths — programming, writing or leadership skills — we maximized the team's synergy. And the professors' comments on our project work were invaluable."
La Jolla, CA
"My classmates were incredibly diverse in their backgrounds, but we were homogeneous in our goals for the future. When we worked together on projects, a classmate with a PhD in physics could have helped me with the math, and I could have helped him with the market intuitions and lessons I learned working as a trader."
Equity Derivatives Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
New York, NY
"The Berkeley MFE program is extremely focused. Every course in the curriculum is linked to finance."
CMBS Portfolio Manager
Santa Monica, CA
"The MFE Program is unique in that it provides an outstanding education in both financial engineering and in interview preparedness. For this reason, I feel that I had a great advantage in interviewing for my ideal job."
BNP Paribas, New York, NY
"The Berkeley MFE program helped me develop strong quantitative skills. The curriculum at Berkeley is both challenging and practical, and has provided me with a solid foundation for a career in finance. I worked right during the first term with Citigroup on a project to estimate risk premium and embedded leverage in sovereign debt market. It was a creative and intellectually stimulating project. The program office is one of the best career resources. They help us with interview preparation and provide valuable guidance. I loved my internship at BNP Paribas Rates and FX structuring desk. Being part of Haas gives you access to a strong global alumni network which is incredibly useful."