All candidates (admitted/hold/waitlist) should register and pay for the Berkeley MFE pre-program courses. You should enroll and pay for the courses no later than the first day of class. Please note that grading in the courses is on a pass/not pass basis, successfully completing means receiving a pass grade and the certificate.
Admitted students may take the pre-program courses at a discounted rate. The information will be emailed directly to students and should not be distributed to anyone. It is important that students use the discount code when registering to prevent being charged the wrong fees.
The three pre-program courses, Math, Statistics, and Python are offered online. Visas are not offered for these courses–international candidates must take them online. For more information and updates, check our main website. There you will find information on the schedule, fees, registration links, syllabus, etc…
The following is a list of approved courses. These courses will satisfy different areas of the prerequisite requirements. If you are interested in taking a course that is not on this list, please email [email protected] the course description and link for review. Courses not on this list or approved by the MFE Admissions Team will not be accepted.
Successful completion of a course means receiving a grade of B or better from an accredited institution or obtaining the certificate of completion from approved MOOCs.
All prerequisite courses should be taken for a letter grade or certificate. Course availability is subject to change.
*You must obtain a certificate of completion for Coursera/edX/Other MOOC course
The following list of books and financial news articles are required for all candidates. These are essential readings which helps prepare candidates prior to the start of the Berkeley MFE in March. It is recommended that you read the books several times and follow the financial news on a daily basis. Additionally, all students should further develop their coding skills via LeetCode and HackerRank.
- Heard on the Street: Quantitative Questions from Wall Street Job Interviews by Timothy Crack
- A Practical Guide to Quantitative Finance Interviews by Xinfeng Zhou
- Cracking the Finance Quant Interview: 51 Interview Questions and Solutions by Jean Peyre
- Vault Guide to Advanced Finance & Quantitative Interviews
- Quant Job Interview Questions and Answers
- Frequently Asked Questions in Quantitative Finance
- Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives by John Hull
- Principles of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers, and Allen
- Macroeconomics by Charles Jones
- Wall Street Journal
- Financial Times
- Algorithms Specialization (online course)
- Convex Optimization (online course)
- Web3 University
It is important that we monitor your progress towards completion of the conditions. The items that the admissions committee has asked you to complete are areas which will better prepare and enhance your profile. A solid preparation is key to success in the Berkeley MFE.
We will reach out to you on a monthly basis to check-in regarding your progress. If you are submitting your progress outside of the monthly email, please visit your application status page here.
In addition, we ask that you continue to send updates whenever you make changes to your employment status, your contact information, or your educational status (that is, if you have finished a degree program or enrolled in classes to prepare for the MFE). Please email [email protected] with the information, make sure you include your full name.
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm PT
Email: [email protected]
Master of Financial Engineering Program
S545 Haas School of Business, MC 1900
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-1902