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Master in Financial Engineering (MFE)
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Scholarship / Financial aid: available

Date: 2 years

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Open to: holders of a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer science, Engineering or Economics

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The Master in Financial Engineering (MFE) is a highly selective two-year program that provides financial education at the forefront of both academic thinking and industry practice. The program serves students seeking comprehensive technical knowledge of derivatives pricing, asset management, market design, and risk management.

The MFE is of particular relevance to those wishing to work in:

Portfolio management and security analysis,
Hedge funds,
Risk management,
Securities and derivatives trading,
Corporate finance and corporate restructurings,
Venture capital and private equity.

Through their studies, MFE students learn how to combine modern finance theory and computational methods with a practical knowledge of the forums in which they can employ these skills.

The curriculum of the MFE is entirely in English. Following a number of compulsory foundation and advanced courses in the first two semesters, an extensive range of electives in the third semester allows students to tailor the program to their specific interests. The learning cycle is completed by a six-month internship in the financial industry during the fourth semester.

At the end of their studies, MFE students have the perfect profile to rapidly integrate in financial institutions such as investment banks, rating agencies, consulting and auditing companies, insurance companies and online trading companies. As an alternative, MFE graduates interested in an academic career can also enter top level PhD programs in finance, such as the Swiss Finance Institute PhD program at EPFL.

The MFE is the result of a multi-disciplinary effort, involving the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL and the College of Management of Technology as well as faculty members from Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Operations Research among others. As such, it brings together state-of-the-art thinking and research from disciplines that are highly relevant for a career in the financial world.

Admission Requirements:

Holders of a Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline such as Mathematics, Physics, Computer science, Engineering or Economics are eligible to apply for admission in the Master in Financial Engineering.

Applicants should all have demonstrated a high level of intellectual ability and exceptional analytical skills as well as a strong interest in finance. They should also have a solid background in mathematical analysis, statistics and probability theory. At a minimum, their knowledge upon entering the MFE should be at the following level:

Analysis: Rudin, Principles of Modern Analysis, McGraw-Hill.

Probability theory: Ross, A First Course in Probability, Prentice Hall.

Statistics: Casella and Berger, Statistical Inference, Duxbury Press.

Knowledge of calculus and linear algebra is obviously a pre-requisite for admission. Prior training in finance and/or economics increases one's chances of being admitted to the MFE, as would additional courses in mathematics and statistics like numerical analysis or stochastic processes, though these are not mandatory.

In addition to prior knowledge in mathematics, statistics and probability theory, MFE applicants should be fully at ease with computers. In particular, they should command either one programming language such as C, C++ or Java, or an interpreted language such as Matlab (Octave, SciLab) or Mathematica.

The curriculum of the MFE program is entirely in English. Consequently, applicants must be able to understand rapidly spoken English, read English with ease and be able to express themselves in English both orally and in writing. Success in an international examination of English such as the TOEFL is a plus but not mandatory for admission in the MFE.

Application Deadlines:

MFE applications are processed twice every year from November 1st to January 15 and from February 15 to April 15.

Applicants who, if accepted, would need a visa to study in Switzerland are strongly advised to apply for the January deadline in order to allow for the completion of the visa procedure, which can take up to 3 months.

Admission Decisions:

Admission decisions are made jointly by the Financial Engineering section and EPFL's admissions committee on the basis of quantitative standards, including grade-point average, letters of recommendation, and the candidate's background and motivation letter.

Admission decisions are sent out within 6 weeks after each application deadline (January 15 or April 15). Regardless of which deadline you choose to meet, MFE studies begin in mid-September following acceptance. Only one application per student and per year will be processed.


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