Application Process
  • International Applicants

  • Hong Kong,Macao,Taiwan Applicants

  • Mainland China Applicants

  • (I) Candidates must not be a citizen of China (including the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) at the time of application.

  • (II) Candidates must have a Bachelor degree, with a high level of excellence in grades from the undergraduate institution.

  • (III) Applicants must submit a complete set of application materials.

The admissions committee looks for outstanding merits in test scores, undergraduate academic performances, communication and leadership skills, and professional experience. We are looking for applicants from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and we review each application holistically.


Admissions Process

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    Complete Application on SJTU Portal

  • All application materials for the MF Program must be made electronically by May 31st, 2021 via the SAIF MF online application portal at:

    Application Materials Check - list:

    A completed online application form (submitted from the application portal);

    Current Resumes/CV;

    Copy of graduation certificates and official university transcript;

    Two reference letters;

    Photocopy of the information page of your passport;

    GMAT (Code:6QS‐S6‐21) / GRE(Code:4481) score report

  • Interviews are by invitation only. An invitation to interview thus signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission. For candidates who are not able to participate in on-site interviews, we will schedule skype interviews. Please note that we make every effort to conduct interviews on weekdays and during business hours.

  • All candidates admitted to the program need to complete the application steps on the Shanghai Jiao Tong University portal: (the portal closes on May 31st, 2021). For outstanding applicants, we will help you apply for the Chinese Government Special Scholarship. Please note that the first two steps must be completed before March 1st, 2021 if you want to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship. For more information, please review the Financial Aid section.

Application Deadlines:

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below.

MF Program

Fall 2021


March 1st

5:00 p.m.

Monday (Shanghai Time)

Applicants who wish to be considered for the Chinese Government Scholarship must submit their applications by:

May 31st

5:00 p.m.

Monday (Shanghai Time)

All applications are due:

June 30th

5:00 p.m.


The admissions committee notifies applicants of their decisions:

*The admission is conducted on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applicants to submit the application by March 1st, 2021.



COVID-19 Update:

In this challenging time, SAIF MF’s Admissions Committees will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration when reviewing students’ application materials and continue to provide holistic reviews for each applicant.


While the GMAT or GRE are a component of the SAIF MF application materials, we will allow candidates applying for the Fall 2021 entry to submit their application without the test score and review their submitted material as is and without penalty. We will also accept online version of the GMAT or GRE exams. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes: GMAT (Code:6QS‐S6‐21) / GRE(Code:4481). In addition, applicants are welcome to submit complementary materials such as expired test scores (GMAT or GRE), certifications earned such as CPA or CFA, or any other non-degree coursework/project completed which may aid the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.


Although the global pandemic has brought about challenges to learning and teaching, the SAIF MF program strives to provide the best service to students. Our mission stands unchanged: to foster high-end, integrated and practical financial professionals.

Candidates from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan need to attend the National Exam in order to study at SAIF. Please find more information on the application process here

We also welcome students to come and experience the SAIF culture during the summer camp, where we offer conditional offers to the most outstanding students*. If you are interested in coming and see us in person, you are welcomed to contact us before you make the decision.

*The 2019 Summer Camp for the Fall 2020 entry students have concluded. If you are interested in Fall 2021 entry, please follow the application process here.

1. Exam Exempted Students

Eligibility: Students must be graduating students who can acquire exam exemption status from top undergraduate institutions in China. Applicants must possess outstanding English skills, have a strong quantitative background, and are committed to studying finance.

Application Process: Students must apply to attend the Mini Camps or Summer Camp held at their Junior year Spring and summer respectively.

Please refer to this website for the detailed application criteria and timeline.

2. National Exam Students

Students can also take the National Exam in order to study at SAIF. Students who pass the National Exam will be invited for the second round of interview.

Please refer to this website for the detailed application criteria and timeline.