Why Berkeley Haas

    Curriculum Calibrated for Career Success

    Your career builds momentum from day one in the Berkeley MFE Program. In one intense year, you gain the knowledge and skills to have immediate impact in a complex finance or data science role.

    At Berkeley Haas, you master the theories and frameworks underlying today’s complex financial markets and gain insights into how they play out in the real world—through applied projects and an internship. Your professors are among the leading minds in finance. Your classmates come from around the world and from across disciplines, contributing diverse perspectives and expertise to discussions and team projects. No wonder the Berkeley MFE Program is consistently ranked a top program of its kind.

    Unparalleled Access to Employers

    Whether working on the buy side or sell side, in data science or artificial intelligence, our graduates are making their mark in portfolio and risk management, fintech and more.

    For 18 years, 100% of our Berkeley MFE students have been placed in challenging internships and have found satisfying jobs within six months of graduation. Our graduates also earn among the highest starting salaries of any MFE program in the nation.

    From your first day on campus, you benefit from access to a team of MFE-focused career specialists whose connections run both deep and wide across industries and around the globe. You also become part of the Haas Alumni Network—41,000 leaders influencing the future of business and finance.

    New Thinking for the New Economy

    Data-driven has become a byword in the global economy, especially in the financial sector. This onslaught of data and increasingly powerful computing power demands new thinking and unrelenting innovation.

    Fintech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence are just a few of the technologies disrupting the financial sector. Startups and established firms alike need to adopt new ways of thinking and anticipate what will come next. The Berkeley Haas MFE Program embraces disruption and has placed graduates with many of the innovators who are leading into the future.

    Our curriculum and program structure adapt rapidly to meet the needs of the firms and industries where our graduates will work. Faculty, many of them pioneers in finance, integrate their most current research into course offerings, ensuring their instruction is immediately relevant. A committee of leading industry professionals advises the program director on how to keep the curriculum ahead of the curve and our graduates on the leading edge of the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a range of careers. 

    A Stimulating and Inclusive Community 

    You will find yourself challenged, welcomed, stimulated, and supported by a group of extraordinarily gifted classmates at Berkeley Haas. And, with our collaborative learning environment and small class size, you will get to know them all.

    In addition to their intellectual gifts, our students share a commitment to the school’s four Defining Leadership Principles:

    Question the Status Quo

    We measure success not by incremental progress, but by the disruption of mindsets and markets. We speak our minds, especially when it challenges convention.

    Confidence Without Attitude

    We make decisions based on evidence and analysis, are confident and able to act without arrogance. We lead through collaboration and trust.

    Students Always

    Our community thrives on curiosity and lifelong commitment to intellectual and personal growth. We learn from each other and from faculty, appreciating our diversity of experiences, cultures, and perspectives.

    Beyond Yourself

    We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly, taking the long view in our decisions and actions. We understand the need to put larger interests above our own, and we support our classmates’ success while in the program and as alumni throughout our careers.

    Yasmine Moulehiawy, MFE 18

    Yasmine Moulehiawy

    MFE 18

    Associate Strategist, Municipal Bonds
    Morgan Stanley
    New York, New York

    "One of my professors at the École Centrale in Paris called the Berkeley Haas MFE one the best programs of its kind. That attracted my interest, and now I know that he was right."