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.