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Program Introduction

About SAIF & MF Program

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) was established within Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in April 2009, with strategic and financial support from the Shanghai Municipal Government. SAIF is AACSB accredited and is recognized internationally as one of the top business schools in the world.

The Master of Finance (MF) program has been the flagship program at SAIF since its inception in the Autumn of 2009. SAIF's MF program was ranked No.1 in Asia and No.10 globally by the Financial Times in 2018. Currently, SAIF MF stands as one of the most prestigious finance programs in Asia.

The SAIF MF Program recruits world-class faculty from leading business schools around the world. The program (which is taught completely in English) has a cutting-edge curriculum, an educational structure with an international vision, and state-of-the-art facilities supported by a financial trading lab. The curriculum is designed to anticipate future trends, as well as to meet requirements for current practices within the financial industry — both in China and abroad. In addition to the technical skills provided by our major finance classes, our LIVE Learning Center and the “Extended Learning and Student Activities” (ELSA) seminars help students to enhance their practical skills and knowledge.

About MF-FinTech

The financial world has been embracing FinTech over the last few years. In addition to mobile payments and money transfers that we now all enjoy in China, FinTech has been making a big impact in consumer credit analysis, asset management, insurance, transaction processing, etc. The use of blockchain technology, big data, and machine learning techniques are changing how economic activities are designed, how data is collected and analyzed, and how quickly this information is then utilized effectively. Building on the success of our current MF program, SAIF is launching a new track — the MF-FinTech Program. In addition to core courses in finance, MF-FinTech emphasizes rigorous training in statistics & machine learning, computer skills & applications.

We are recruiting students who can rise to the challenge of the cross-disciplinary training of this program, and who can lead the change in the financial world upon graduation. SAIF is here to develop future industry leaders with expertise in finance, big data, machine learning, and practical IT implementation.

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 February 2018, there are 24 full-time professors and 38 special term professors totally in SAIF. 100% of our faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree from top global universities. 74.2% of our professors are (or were) tenured faculty at top global institutions.
From establishment in 2009 to 2017:
159 papers were published in A+ rated international journals, including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, The American Economic Review, Econometrica, etc.

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 by our faculty and industry leaders. We draw upon 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 into our students’ education through live learning. Our students learn through direct interaction with high-level business leaders on live projects. This focus is forward-thinking both in spirit and implementation. By emphasizing learning-by-doing, we are aligned with the top business programs in the world.

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.
Aimed at fostering the next-generation of talents, the MF-FinTech Program presents a curriculum focusing on three domains: Finance, Statistics & Machine Learning, and Computer Skills & Applications.      Read More >>

Learning through Integrated Vocational Experience (LIVE)

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.

Extended Learning and Student Activities (ELSA)

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 connections between graduates and employers.

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