March 04, 2008

LOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson School of Management announced today the launch of its highly anticipated Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) program, designed to serve students seeking advanced business education with a focus on quantitative finance. The one year program provides a depth of study in finance that is more quantitatively oriented than in traditional MBA programs, while also emphasizing the development of key leadership skills.

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"Organizations today operate in global financial markets that are experiencing explosive changes and fluctuations," says Judy D. Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "Consequently, the level of financial and technical savvy required by firms has accelerated the demand for superbly-trained financial engineers."

While MFE programs are available at other universities, UCLA Anderson is one of the few elite business schools to offer the MFE degree. Taught by a world-renowned finance faculty, the UCLA Anderson MFE program affords an innovative curriculum that combines theory, analytics and application in a variety of areas, ranging from venture capital and risk management, to more technical operations such as securities design and quantitative trading. UCLA Anderson is also home to the Center for Finance and Investment (CFI), a research and education center that focuses on investment management, corporate finance and financial engineering.  The Center will provide valuable learning opportunities to MFE students as well as unique collaborative opportunities with industry partners.

"Our MFE program will provide students with a world-class academic experience that integrates a technically challenging curriculum with practical know-how," says Dr. Robert Mark, executive director of the UCLA Anderson MFE Program. "Program graduates will not only be thoroughly equipped to face the complex demands of the market, but will also be well-trained to manage and lead in organizations."

Situated in Los Angeles, a global center for investment management, the UCLA Anderson MFE program enjoys strong industry ties offering students many opportunities to interact with leaders in the local and international finance community. The MFE program places a strong emphasis on students' career preparation and carefully monitors the development of each student throughout his or her year of study.  UCLA Anderson MFE students also have access to a wide-reaching network of alumni, faculty, and professionals in the global finance community to help support students' internship and job search goals.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Furthermore, the finance faculty is ranked #1 in research publications in the four leading peer-reviewed journals by the Financial Management Association. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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