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Program Introduction

The Master of Finance (MF) program has been the flagship program at SAIF since it first matriculated students in 2009. In 2017, the SAIF MF program made a strong debut in the Financial Times’ annual ranking of the best MF programs in the world, ranking 1st in Asia and 14th in the world. In terms of Salary Increase and Value for Money, SAIF MF program ranked 1st in Asia. SAIF MF distinguishes itself in the following rankings: “Employment at Three Months” (#1 in the world), “Faculty with Doctorates” (#1 in the world), “Salary Increase” (#5 in the world), “Salary Today” (#7 in the world), “Value for Money” (#7 in the world), “Career Progression” (#1 in Asia), and “International Course Experience” (#1 in Asia). Currently, SAIF MF stands as one of the most prestigious finance programs in Asia.

SAIF MF is an all-English program with a rigorous curriculum combining in-depth study of quantitative techniques with pragmatic, hands-on business problem solving. Offering a world-renowned faculty and an internationally diversified class profile, SAIF equips students with the creative thinking and global perspective required to address market challenges in both developed and emerging economies. In addition, the industry advisory board is founded for the project, the comprehensive practice course (SAIF LIVE Learning center) is set up and the rich Extended Learning and Student Activity (ELSA) is arranged for students.

SAIF MF’s mission is to “Power the Future of Finance” through developing future finance leaders. It provides a unique curriculum to teach students to be articulate, sociable and kind. It also instils students with utmost discipline, deep financial expertise and strong integrity. With a full-range training, SAIF MF aims at being the most distinguished program for top talents in Asia. 

SAIF MF

Educational system:
Two-year full-time learning, all-English teaching. Students can obtain the master degree and academic certificate of SAIF as well as Shanghai Jiao Tong University after being graduated smoothly.

Faculty:
Up to July 2016, there are 27 full-time professors and 35 special term professors totally in SAIF. 100% of our faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree from top global universities.79.6% of our professors are or were tenured faculty at top global institutions. These numbers continue to grow. 
From establishment in 2009 to January, 2015: 363 academic papers have been published, and 356 papers from international journals, among which 127 were published in A+ journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, American Economic Review, Econometrica and many others.

Student background:
Our students are from global excellent universities and their diversified background and culture constitute the internationalized classroom.

SAIF MF Student Journey
SAIF MF’s student journey is designed in combination by our faculty and industry leaders.
We draw on our faculty’s collective knowledge and experience to design a student journey that is academically rigorous and relevant. We bring industry professionals and leaders into our classrooms and our students’ education through action learning, whereby our students learn through direct interaction with high-level business leaders on live projects. This focus is forward-thinking both in spirit and implementation, and aligns us with the top business programs in the world by emphasizing learning-by-doing.
 
Course: 
The overall course setting of MF program and teaching content of each course fully reflect the basic style to closely connect the development of international financial field with the actual conditions of domestic and foreign markets.

SAIF LIVE Learning Center
SAIF LIVE Learning Center offers unique and innovative experience of LIVE Learning to students by carefully-designed practicum courses and other supporting experiences. LIVE stands for “Learning through Integrated Vocational Experience”, and it aims to complete each student’s education through real-world, real-time projects and events.

There are three LIVE Learning courses currently offered by LIVE Learning Center offered to SAIF students: LIVE FI, Consulting Company and Innovation Finance Lab. Each one of them have its uniqueness and attractiveness, while the concept and ultimate goal stay highly the same: to inspire students to learn and solve actual problems by taking actions.

Extended Learning and Student Activities (ELSA) 
Extended Learning and Student Activities (ELSA) is committed to creating an exceptional living and learning environment for students and the greater SAIF community. We are dedicated to enhancing the growth of students to reach their full potential by providing rich learning opportunities through our programs, services, and facilities.

Career Development 
SAIF Career Development Center is dedicated to providing students with professional career development mentoring, training students how to most effectively promote their professional skills and experience, helping graduates achieve their career goals and facilitating the building of close connections between graduates and employers.


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