Dean’s Greeting


Executive Dean, Professor of Finance, Huifu Chair Professor, SAIF

Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University


SAIF is committed to becoming a world-class institution in developing top talent and cutting-edge knowledge. Since its foundation and throughout the development of SAIF, it has been our goal to be the premier institute for financial education and research. For the past nine years, SAIF has attracted and retained a strong team of the highest-caliber professors from all over the world, and has already created both a rich learning environment and a powerful network. These attributes await your exploration.

I believe that China will not only be the driving engine of the world economy, but also the polestar for the development of the global financial industry for the next 20 years. This is a precious historical opportunity, and I hope that our students and prospective students all choose to ambitiously seize this opportunity. SAIF will be here for you and will grow along with you.


Professor of Finance,
Academic Director, Master of Finance Program

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Toronto

from the Director

Area of graduate study largely determines your future career. Its choice is thus one of the most important decisions of your life. As a master of finance program, the goal SAIF MF program is simple. It is to help launch your career in the exciting area of finance. In the program, you will spend two years learning the cutting-edge theories from leading scholars in finance as well as innovative practice from successful practitioners in the industry. You will meet like-minded fellow students and learn from each other. Your will find yourself immersed in the atmosphere of innovative future business leaders in finance.

It has been twelve years since we welcomed our first class of SAIF MF students. Over the years, SAIF has achieved multiple milestones. The most important is that our graduates are now playing important roles in their respective areas of work and are being recognized as some of the finest young professionals in the country. We are proud of each and every one of our graduates. In the 2020 Master in Finance ranking announced by Financial Times(FT), SAIF MF program was ranked No.1 in Asia for the third consecutive time. We are proud of our achievements. We are, however, constantly seeking improvements to better equip our students for the challenges that lie ahead and to provide the finance industry with leaders of exceptional skill, passion, and integrity.

In joining the SAIF family, everyone is committed to the same goal: the goal of academic excellence, professionalism, the spirit of innovation and moral leadership. In the two years of your study, we will provide a cutting-edge curriculum—designed and delivered by a world-renowned faculty. We will surround you with staff and support services that are second to none. We will empower you with state-of-the-art facilities and resources. I believe you will enjoy your study at SAIF. You will enjoy the interaction with our faculty and stuff, the fellowship with your fellow students, and most importantly the growth that will prepare you for challenges and opportunities ahead.

David X. LI

Professor of Finance,
Academic Co-Director of MF Program, SAIF
Associate Director of China Academy of Financial Research, SJTU

Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Waterloo

from the Co-Director

The financial industry is a fast-changing world, which has become increasingly so with the use of big data, machine learning, and new technologies such as blockchain and cloud computing. The challenge for the industry is to recruit talent with combined skills in the areas of finance, technology, and analytics.

Building on the success of our leading MF program, SAIF launches a new track—MF-FinTech Program. In addition to core courses in finance, MF-FinTech emphasizes rigorous training in statistics & machine learning, computer skills & applications. After successfully completing this intensive academic journey, you will have gained:

• Comprehensive training in modern finance concepts with solid understanding and intuition
• Foundational knowledge of statistics, principles of machine learning, and its applications in finance
• Ready-to-deploy expertise in computer programming, database management, blockchain technology, and cloud computing.

I am confident that after two years of study you will be well prepared for the challenges in the industry or for the further pursuit of academic studies.