In today's highly dynamic financial environment, organizations need people with in-depth knowledge of complex financial strategies, financial modeling skills, computational expertise and practical know-how. The Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program at UCLA Anderson is designed to train individuals to meet these demands. Students are exposed to dynamic investment strategies and complex structured products for equities, fixed income, currency, commodities and other financial markets. The program balances academic rigor through a technically challenging curriculum, with practical applications. The MFE Program trains students for positions as risk managers, investment bankers, asset managers, derivative traders and developers of specialized securities at the world's leading commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and corporate and public treasury departments.
Rigorous and Well-Balanced Curriculum
The specialized one-year MFE curriculum integrates mathematical, statistical, and computer science tools with finance theory as applied in institutional settings. MFE students are challenged with a curriculum that is solidly based on the business school paradigm of providing students not only with technical knowledge, but also with the business knowledge and skills they will need to function in management position in the financial industry. As part of the MFE Program students learn not only computational methods but also much of the foundational business knowledge taught in the UCLA Anderson MBA Program, including areas such as accounting, economics, econometrics, finance and much more. The Internship/Applied Finance Project serves as a capstone to the MFE curriculum.
Top-Rated Finance Faculty
UCLA Anderson MFE faculty are among the world's best. Consistently top-rated, UCLA Anderson finance faculty are leaders in cutting-edge financial engineering research as well as the practical implementation of current theory. In addition to UCLA Anderson faculty, MFE students learn from guest lecturers who work in prominent financial institutions and from professors of other top tier business schools.
Focused Career Development
MFE students receive tailored, one-on-one career coaching. The Director of Career Services is solely dedicated to MFE students, providing assistance with internship and career placement. The MFE Program emphasizes the development of career management, presentation and communication skills. In preparation for a career in finance, students receive specialized training in résumé writing, interviewing, and negotiating. A strong focus on group-collaboration helps foster students' team-building and leadership abilities.
Strong Industry Support
The MFE Program has the support and sponsorship of the UCLA Anderson Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance & Investments. The Fink Center represents a true unification of research and practice in the field of finance. The Center sponsors research, teaching and the application of financial knowledge in the global corporate and investment community. Through a variety of venues, including speaker series, conferences and publications, the Fink Center contributes to the education of MFE students, researchers, and professionals worldwide.
In addition, the MFE Industry Advisory Board provides an ongoing source of practical information and resources about industry trends affecting financial engineering, including developments in securities markets, portfolio and risk management practices, etc., and the specific financial engineering skills that are most in demand from buy-side and sell-side firms. The Board members provide feedback regarding the curriculum and offer guidance and support to the MFE faculty and staff in preparing the MFE students for internships and full-time placements. Board members participate in career development activities, which may include offering one or more summer internships to MFE students and participating in mock interview sessions. The board promotes the hiring of MFE students for full-time positions within their own organizations heightens awareness of the value of the MFE degree inside and outside their firms.
Financial Institutions Seminars
These popular seminars consist of a series of presentations by practitioners on topics relate to the practice of financial engineering. Past presenters include:
- Vineer Bhansali, Managing Director, PIMCO
- Harindra de Silva, President, Analytic Investors
- Dwight Grant, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps
- Dori Levanoni, Partner, Co-director of Global Macro, First Quadrant
- Ed Wedbush, CEO, Wedbush
- Karyn Williams, Managing Director, Wilshire Associates
- Warren Xia, Head Quant, Bloomberg