Equity Derivatives Quant
New York, New York
"The Berkeley MFE program helped me develop extremely strong quantitative skills relevant to financial engineering. What makes the program truly unique is its business school location, three-month fall internship, and unparalleled placement record."
Sentient Investment Management, San Francisco, CA
"The Berkeley MFE is a great place to combine quantitative and technical skills with finance. The curriculum is intensive, mixes applications with theory well, and is structured to give you the foundations you need to launch into a variety of career paths in quantitative finance. Companies will hire for the internship period during the first quarter of classes because the reputation of the program gives them confidence that the students will learn the necessary skills. The MFE office also does an outstanding job of bringing in research and internship opportunities for the students, as well as practitioners to present on applications of the curriculum in the industry. In addition, a quick search on LinkedIn will show you the depth of the alumni network and the people you will have a connection with once you enter and after you graduate from the program."
Moody's, San Francisco, CA
"After completing the program's first term, I already felt prepared to undertake any challenge. The courses and assignments make you think beyond your limits. Every day is a new learning experience. The workload is heavy, but we all welcome it."
Strategic Investment Group, Arlington, VA
"My favorite thing about the Berkeley MFE is its focus on building both practical experiences along with financial knowledge. From the internships to company-sponsored research opportunities, the understanding I gained goes well beyond academics. The Program Office sets up countless seminars where CEOs, COOs and others come in to talk about how quantitative skills and analysis are used in the real world. The short drive from Berkeley over to Silicon Valley, Palo Alto and San Francisco puts us in ideal position to meet some of the biggest movers and shakers in the financial sector. It's great to have that kind of exposure. No matter what your professional or educational background, if you have passion and drive, you can find a place here in the Berkeley MFE program."
Director, Fixed Income Trading
New York, NY
"The Berkeley MFE Program has given me deeper knowledge and understanding of the financial markets as a whole. It has helped me shape my way of structuring and approaching all different types of problems in a complex and changing financial environment."
Blackrock, San Francisco, CA
"Renowned professors provide the MFE students with a strong theoretical framework as well as the necessary links to practical applications. Professors emphasize the economic intuition behind the mathematical formulas, thus strengthening our understandings of the theory at a higher level. They show us how to tackle problems in practical situations. This program not only developed our quantitative skills, but also provided a variety of opportunities to get connections in the industry. The interviews, conferences, and forums with different firms enable us to understand the functioning of the financial world and build connections, as well as discover our own interests."
New York, NY
"Getting my Berkeley MFE was absolutely the right decision. It put me in the right place at the right time in my career."
Assistant Portfolio Manager
ClariVest Asset Management
San Diego, CA
"The Berkeley MFE Program gave me a framework in which to think of quantitative finance problems. The program utilizes faculty members not only from Haas, but also other UC campuses, and professionals working in the industry. We learned from professors who know their material really well and have industry views."
Fixed Income ETFsh
San Francisco, CA
"The Berkeley MFE program benefits from being able to attract the best professors from the entire UC system, and from an extensive, engaged pool of seasoned practitioners. It was phenomenal to learn binomial tree methods from Rubinstein, the man who developed that technique, and to have Professor Longstaff come in with Bloomberg screen captures to illustrate just how the theories play out in the real world."
SVP of Lending Markets
Strategic Financial Solutions
New York, NY
The Financial Engineering program prepared me exceptionally well for the quantitative challenges I faced on Wall Street. In working among talented people from other top schools who were as equally motivated to succeed, I always felt that my academic training put me on firm ground to compete and win.
"The fact that Haas was one of the first MFE programs attests to the innovation at Berkeley. There is a tremendous intellectual energy that breeds new ideas."
VP; Sr. Quantitative Financial Analyst, Model Risk Management
Bank of America
San Francisco, California
"As soon as I was admitted, the program office started giving me advice on preparing for success. Their support continued throughout the year, especially in finding an internship, which turned into a full-time job.