Anderson Offers New MFE Program

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management made headlines yesterday with the launch of its Masters of Financial Engineering (MFE) program, designed to serve students seeking advanced business education with a focus on quantitative finance. According to a press release, 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.

The MFE program will train students for positions as risk managers, investment bankers, asset managers, derivative traders and developers of specialized securities at the world’s leading commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and corporate and public treasury departments.

“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.”

UCLA Anderson is one of the few top-tier business schools to offer the MFE degree. This innovative curriculum will combine theory, analytics and application in a variety of areas, including technical operations such as securities design and quantitative trading. UCLA Anderson is also home to the Center for Finance and Investments (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.”

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2008. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis, and decisions will be made within 60 days after applications are completed. All applications must be submitted electronically and are available online through the UCLA Graduate Division website.

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