Admissions

Each applicant is carefully considered on the basis of academic performance, work history, quantitative skills, recommendations, test scores, motivation, and potential.

The collective class profile reflects a group of people with comparable levels of quantitative experience, but with varied skills and experiences. Many in the class will have advanced degrees and have international backgrounds. The UCLA Anderson MFE Program requires the full participation of each student in both class attendance and assigned work. Coursework will include a mix of individual work and group assignments.

The MFE degree at UCLA Anderson is a 13.5 month full-time program. The program begins in November and is not available part-time. Applications are available online only. Students are admitted to begin the MFE Program in November only.

The online application link to apply to the program that begins November 2015 is now available.

Click Here to complete MFE Application

The application period for the Class of 2016, which begins November 2015, is divided into three rounds/deadlines:

Round

Application Completion 2015 Deadline Decision Released By

1

January 31, 2015 March 31, 2015

2

March 31, 2015 May 31, 2015

3

May 31, 2015 June 30, 2015

Admissions Criteria

The MFE Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting candidates for the program.

All candidates must demonstrate:

  • Ability to do graduate-level business and finance course work
  • Capabilities that will contribute to the overall educational process of the class
  • Experience in computational programming (for example, C++) and familiarity with computers as a computational and management tool
  • Strong quantitative background including coursework in:
    • linear algebra
    • multivariate calculus
    • differential equations
    • numerical methods
    • advanced statistics and probability, which includes the following topics: discrete distributions, continuous distributions, density functions, sampling theory, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, ordinary least squares, t-statistics, sampling vs. population moments, chi-square goodness of fit tests, etc.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation ability in English
  • Experience with mathematical tools (for example, Matlab)
  • Work or research experience in a quantitative discipline is recommended, but not required. Exceptional undergraduates with strong quantitative backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Bachelor degrees must be conferred prior to the November MFE Program start date.  
  • Experience with statistical and econometric applications (for example, SAS) is recommended