Guide For Recruiters
This section is intended to provide information for recruiters interested in our students.
Princeton University's MFin program enrolls approximately 25 students each year, out of more than 600 applicants. The small size of the program and great selectivity lead to high academic standards, an intense relationship for students with the faculty and with each other, both of which enhance our students' academic experience and lead to the exceptional job placement record achieved by our students.
Our students have achieved outstanding academic records and they possess excellent leadership and communication skills. They arrive from a multiplicity of nations worldwide. Some have a depth of professional experience; all have superior educational achievements and manifest a deep interest in finance.
Princeton’s MFin Program vs. MBA Programs
Unlike an MBA program which focuses on a general business education and will include courses on strategy, management and marketing in addition to finance, our program teaches only finance. This allows us to do so at a much deeper level contrasted with an MBA and enables us to incorporate all the interdisciplinary aspects of modern finance, such as financial mathematics, financial econometrics, computational finance, behavioral finance and corporate finance. Our courses are more quantitative than a typical MBA course and some may find them more demanding. The MBA is still the degree of choice for the corporate finance divisions and mergers and acquisitions areas of the modern investment bank, but the MFin degree is becoming the preferred degree in the trading and asset management areas of the I-bank. These would be areas such as quantitative asset management, risk management, derivatives pricing and trading, fixed income analytics and other areas where the pricing and analysis of complex securities require significant quantitative input. Also, the world of finance is broader than the traditional investment banking business, with opportunities in insurance, commercial banking, commodities and energy trading and risk management for traditional industrial companies, to mention just a few areas where our MFin program is becoming well known due to the quality of the students and the learning experience provided by Princeton's MFin program.
Princeton’s MFin vs. mathematical or computational finance Master programs
Unlike mathematical or computational finance Master programs, we teach all of finance. This means, for instance, that we teach accounting, corporate finance, behavioral finance, etc., in addition to stochastic calculus, derivatives pricing, financial engineering, etc. We believe that our broad multidisciplinary approach to finance is an important advantage of our program, and that our placement record reflects it.
If you have an opportunity that you would like to publicize with our students, please contact the Director of Corporate Relations. Our office can help you schedule an on campus interview at our facilities which is an efficient way to meet several of our students.
In view of Princeton's proximity to the major East Coast financial centers, it is very feasible for our students to travel to meet with you in your offices. Contact us so that we can get you a list of qualified applicants and help you coordinate dates and times with our students' class schedules.
- Position title and brief description of job attributes and desired skill set
- Position start date (please note that, except in unusual circumstances, our program graduates students in early June; should you require a start date that is nonconforming with graduation, you should contact us to see what sort of arrangements can be made)
- Preferred method of receiving applications
The MFIN Directory lists all of our students and whether they are seeking an internship or permanent employment opportunities.
In general, most company presentations and interviews for permanent positions take place by fall break. Most offers for permanent positions are made prior to Thanksgiving and resolved prior to Winter recess. Internship information sessions kick off immediately after fall break and continue through early December. Job shadowing visits tend to take place on Fridays in November and December.
September 16. Classes commence
October 26–30. Mid-term exam week
October 31. Fall recess commences
November 9. Classes resume
November 24–29. Thanksgiving holiday
December 18. Winter recess begins
January 3. Winter recess ends
January 4-12. Reading period
January 13, Fall term exams begin
January 23. Fall term exams end and term break begins
February 1. Classes begin
March 7-11. Mid-term exam week
March 12-20. Spring recess
March 21. Classes resume
May 2–10. Reading period
May 11–21. Spring term exams
May 31 Commencement
The Bendheim Center provides extensive career assistance to students, including help with internships and job placement, through its own staff. To review the firms that have hired students in the past few years for internships and full time, please see our listing on the Placement page