SAIF Master of Finance Program Ranked 2nd in Asia


June 20, 2016 – The Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) made a strong debut in the Financial Times’ annual ranking of the best Master in Finance (MF) programs in the world, ranking 2nd in Asia and 28th in the world. For value for money, SAIF ranked 1st in Asia and 2nd globally.

Further, SAIF also outshined its peers in Asia in the areas of international mobility, international course experience, and faculty with doctorates. 

SAIF was established in 2009 as part of the renowned Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the goal of supporting the development of Shanghai into a global financial center. It is benchmarked against the leading finance departments and business schools in the world. SAIF boasts a faculty composed of about 60 professors – all with Ph.D. degrees from overseas universities and over 40 of them with tenured positions from top business schools in North America and Europe. 

With an aim to become a world-class institution of research and advanced learning in finance and management, SAIF is committed to training top financial talent, building an open platform for research, and becoming a leading think tank, especially on issues related to China’s financial system.

Over the last seven years, SAIF has successfully launched a comprehensive portfolio of programs specialized in finance, including the Master of Finance (MF), MBA, EMBA, DBA (Doctor of Business Administration), Ph.D., and EDP (Executive Development Program) programs.

The MF program is a flagship of SAIF with an average acceptance rate of lower than 5% since it first matriculated students in the fall of 2009. 

The mission of the SAIF MF program is to provide the best and brightest young individuals with the academic knowledge and professional skills needed to succeed in the global finance industry. To that end, the program provides students with a curriculum rooted in modern financial theory, that delivers sophisticated quantitative and analytical tools and imparts state-of-the-art practical knowledge and skills to meet the rigors of today’s finance profession. The program is committed to fostering exceptional leadership and communication skills, the highest levels of professionalism, and an exemplary sense of social responsibility.

The FT rankings for MF (pre-experience) programs, started in 2011, are calculated according to information provided by business schools and their alumni based on a total of 16 criteria, including salary, value for money, and diversity of faculty and students. The 2016 edition saw 55 schools included in the ranking. SAIF is a new entrant following its accreditation in February by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the oldest and one of the most prestigious global accrediting bodies for business schools. 

“The FT ranking affirms our efforts to offer the best education in finance to the young talent of tomorrow and recognizes the achievements we have made on the journey to becoming the best in the world,” said Chun Chang, Executive Dean of SAIF. (end)