The MFE degree at UCLA Anderson is a 13.5 month full-time program beginning in November of each year. To ensure optimum program benefits to participants and sponsoring organizations, a maximum of 60 candidates are accepted into each class. 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. 

Admissions Criteria

Each applicant is carefully considered on the basis of academic performancework history, quantitative skillsrecommendationstest scoresmotivation, and potential. 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, including 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

To learn more about the application process, review our application requirements here.