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UCLA Anderson is home to many international students and faculty members. Applicants who do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence at the time of application are considered to be international students. Please direct all your visa-related inquiries to the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars website for the most up-to-date information.

International students who have been admitted to the MFE program will receive an email notification from the Dashew Center shortly after completing the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and submitting the $2,000 enrollment fee, with instructions on how to request a Form I-20. The Confidential Financial Statement form is required as part of the upload process.


Visa Status

Before the Dashew Center can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 visa (Form I-20) or the J-1 visa (Form DS2019), admitted international students must complete a Confidential Financial Statement and provide the requested documentation (certified copies of personal bank statements, award letters, scholarships and any other resources) and upload it to the Dashew Center website after receiving instructions via email. 

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study. The UCLA Anderson MFE program is qualified for STEM, which can extend an international student's OPT by 24 months, for a total of 36 months. 

Information regarding OPT may be found here.

Academic Records

Candidates must upload copies of their records, including transcripts and degree certificates and/or diplomas, for initial screening by our admissions committee. Please send original, official documents only after you have been offered admission.


The quantity and quality of work required in the UCLA Anderson MFE program cannot be accomplished without mastery of the English language. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL/IELTS is also required for students who attended a university where the medium of instruction was English but the official language of the country was not English. Either exam is accepted by the university, and UCLA Anderson has no preference for one exam over the other.

Begin Your Application

All applicants submit the MFE program application online through UCLA's graduate admissions portal. The application gives you the opportunity to present a clear picture of yourself and of the qualities you feel the admissions committee should be aware of when considering your application. Please supplement the form in whatever way you feel is appropriate to convey that information. Apply Here!

The UCLA MFE equipped me with solid mathematical abilities, programming skills, and hands-on experience in real-world financial projects. All of those experiences become valuable assets for me to land a desirable job.

— Runhong (Alex) Huang (’19)
Associate, Goldman Sachs New York, New York