As a UCLA Anderson MFE student you will gain specialized knowledge and sought-after-skills to advance your career.
In addition to the balanced, practical curriculum, as a UCLA Anderson MFE student you will partner with our dedicated MFE Career Services team to help market yourself and your new skills. Our team assists you with career placement, presentation & communication skills, resume development, and interviewing/negotiation skills. We offer you a personal level of one-to-one coaching, support, and job-market connections to help you design and pursue a career suited to you.
Our journey together doesn’t end when you graduate: our alumni establish life-long relationships with the MFE Program and Career Services team to continue the tradition of giving back by guiding newcomers to the field of financial engineering through mentorship and employment leads.
Workshops, Seminars and Panels
The MFE Career Services Office hosts a number of workshops, seminars and panels to prepare you for the job market including: quantitative interviewing, communication and presentation skills, resume and cover letter writing, and industry panel discussions. We also host a Financial Institutions Seminar Series which will allow you to learn first-hand about financial engineering from successful practitioners working in areas such as investment management, venture capital, private equity, corporate finance, investment banking, and risk management.
Weekly Conversations on Finance
It has become increasingly clear that employers hire employees who not only have solid quantitative backgrounds, but who are also conversant on financial topics found in the pages of the Wall Street Journal or the Financial Times. These weekly conversations provide a safe and confidential forum for you to close the gap between your quantitative skills and knowledge of finance and the markets. At these interactive sessions, you will be able to ask the most basic questions, practice how to dialogue with a professional on the most elementary facet of finance or talk about more complex subjects like how to apply the Black Scholes Model to futures contracts.
New York Wall Street Orientation Trip
Students travel to New York City for a two-day familiarization tour of Wall Street. A pre-selected group of companies provide formal presentations and informal get-togethers for the students to help them get acquainted with The Street. This year the students visited such firms as: BlackRock, Och-Ziff, CITI, MKP, and Houlihan Lokey and the New York Stock Exchange. Many students stayed in New York to visit additional companies for informational interviews of their choosing.
In late Fall, MFE students meet in New York with graduate students from other quantitative masters and PhD programs, and recruiters from such renowned companies as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bloomberg, Quantifi Solutions to name a few. This is an invitation only event and is hosted by IAQF (International Association of Quantitative Finance) and the NYU's Courant Institute. In addition, we host a “Quant Industry Open House” on-campus which allows you the opportunity to meet with recruiters and quant industry professionals.
Throughout the year-long program, the MFE Career Services Office, the Parker Career Management Center, and the Alumni Office host several networking events for all Anderson students. These are opportunities to practice networking skills and develop contacts within the finance industry.
As a member of our MFE class, you will have access to leading professionals in the finance industry who come to campus MFE LinkedIn Site This is a professional networking site designated for UCLA Anderson MFEs. Jobs and contacts that are relevant for our financial engineers are posted to this password protected site. This site is not used for internship openings.
Applied Finance Project (AFP)
The AFP provides MFE candidates the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired through MFE coursework to a practical, real-world financial engineering issue by partnering with a corporate client. This year's projects range from areas including quantitative trading strategies, portfolio management, risk management, hedging, and derivatives valuation and come from top organizations including: PIMCO, Citi, PwC, Aspirant, Accenture, AXA Rosenberg, Hyundai Capital, and Research Affiliates. Students are required to interact directly with clients -- allowing students the opportunity to gain exposure to potential employers.