Master of Finance

The STEM Designated Master of Finance program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management prepares graduates to tackle significant challenges facing the financial sector.

Rady School Master of Finance graduates have secured positions with organizations such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Altegris, CITIC Securities, Drobny Capital, Rayliant Global Advisors, Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, PhoenixMart, Meritco Services, Dimensional Fund Advisors, UBS, and Stanford University.

Listen to Dr. Michael Melvin, program Director, give an overview of the program via the Master of Finance Webinar.

The Home of Econometrics

The Rady School is in a unique position to offer a Master of Finance that emphasizes quantitative methods, empirical work and financial econometrics. UC San Diego has a rich tradition in empirical and theoretical econometrics. Some of the most widely-used empirical models developed from the research of UC San Diego faculty. The emphasis on rigorous empirical data-driven methods differentiates the Rady School’s Master of Finance from programs specializing in financial engineering.

Our  Faculty Shaped the Industry

The Rady School of Management’s Master of Finance degree provides rigorous, hands-on training preparing graduates to immediately contribute in environments where quantitative and analytical skills are at a premium.

You will learn leading-edge methods for analyzing “big data” for financial decision making and risk management. The program’s emphasis on quantitative models and methods ensures graduates are equipped to develop innovative solutions to the complex problems facing the financial industry.


Master of Finance applicants will have exceptional quantitative skills, strong interest in the analytical foundations of finance and of risk management, and a desire to have an impact in the financial sector.

Schedule Options

Students have the option of completing the program in one year or electing to complete the program in fifteen months by choosing to seek a summer internship and then return to Rady for a final quarter.

Careers In Finance

Finance professionals skilled at producing forecasts of business, industry and economic conditions and financial risk management are in demand in investment institutions across the globe. The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects the risk management field within business to grow at an average rate of 13 percent over the next decade. Longer term career paths may include, but are not limited to, chief risk officer, chief finance officer, risk managers,and as the head of risk management in banks and investment banks, stock exchanges, asset management companies, mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, private equity firms, large corporations, credit rating agencies and regulators.

Master of Finance students receive career support from Career Connections. Through personal coaching, an array of programs and resources and a commitment to creating access to opportunities, Career Connections enhances your potential for success.


MFin Career Highlights


  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Risk Assurance Analyst
  • Asset Management Manager
  • Wealth Manager
  • Development Fund Manager
  • Risk Manager


Sample list of employers hiring MFin graduates:


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