Master of Finance

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Program Description

Master of Finance

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Master of Finance

SAIF’s mission is to become a world-class institution of research and advanced learning in finance and management.


Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) was established at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in April 2009. SAIF combines the best of Western and Chinese education systems along with exceptional resources and faculty to offer a world class education on the campus of one of China’s top universities. While the program has a strong global focus, it is unique in that it is also accepted domestically by the Ministry of Education as an officially acknowledged degree.

As a member of the world’s financial community, SAIF strives to contribute to the development of Shanghai as a global financial center. In working towards this goal, SAIF plays many different roles such as being a global talent and research center, a hub for interaction amongst academic, industry and government leaders, and a symbol of innovation and impact widely recognized by the media and leading financial professionals.

The Master of Finance (MF) program has been the flagship program at SAIF since it first matriculated students in the fall of 2009. As a two-year full-time program, MF program provides students with a consistent and sustainable competitive advantage in the increasingly global economy.

Program Highlight

  • Globally-Renowned Faculty

By October, 2015, we have 25 full-time professors and 34 special term professors. These numbers continue to grow. 100% of our faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree from top global universities. 74.6% of our professors are or have been tenured faculty at top global institutions.

  • Career Development

SAIF Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to providing students with professional career development mentoring, training students how to most effectively promote their professional skills and experience, helping graduates achieve their career goals and facilitating the building of close connections between graduates and employers. Employers (Partial) of MF graduates in recent three years: Bain & Company, Bosera Asset Management, BP, Cargill, China Construction Bank, China Financial Futures Exchange, CICC, CITIC Securities, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank (China), Ernst &Young, Fidelity, Fortune CLSA Securities Limited, GF Securities, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Holdings, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific), Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, Sequoia Capital, Temasek Holdings, Thomson Reuters.

  • Strategic Industry Connections

SAIF MF’s diverse portfolio of industry connections and partnerships is an essential part of building SAIF MF’s core competency and serves as a unique resource that benefits our students in learning, development of soft skills and career guidance. Our strategic industry partners participate and assist in the professional development of our students through several initiatives.

  • Action Learning (SAIF LIVE, MIT China Lab, International Module and Case Center)

Action learning is the cornerstone of the MF curriculum, encapsulating the students’ coursework in real-world, real-time projects supervised by faculty and top industry leaders. Moving beyond the case-method and diving deeper than internships, MF students provide comprehensive solutions and customized action plans to solve real-world problems faced by enterprises. Meanwhile, Action Learning builds a platform for MF students for close and frequent interaction with business leaders. Action learning includes 4 programs: SAIF LIVE, MIT China Lab, Case Center, and the MF International Module (MIM).

  • Extended Learning and Student Activities (ELSA)

ELSA is committed to creating an exceptional living and learning environment for students and the greater SAIF community. We are dedicated to enhancing the growth of students to reach their full potential by providing rich learning opportunities through our programs, services, and facilities.

  • Exclusive Facilities

SAIF provides every student exclusive access to world class facilities and cutting-edge hardware. Our financial trading lab, which was established in 2010, rivals those of other top business schools in the world. It is equipped with 40 trading terminals displaying real-time data from New York, London, Chicago, Shanghai and other major financial markets around the world with universally used trading systems, including Wind/Bloomberg/Factset/FTS, and can provide access for 80 people.

  • Shanghai Charm

Making the move to Shanghai will be your first bold step in shaping your global career. Already one of the most rapidly growing “global cities” and home to operations of many of the world’s multinational companies and leading financial institutions, it is Shanghai’s goal to become the undisputed commercial, logistical, and financial hub for China and Asia. The almost endless choice of cultural and entertainment activities, combined with Shanghai’s unique sights and sounds will stimulate your senses and cultural curiosity.

  • Moments at SAIF MF

Entry Requirements:

Global Impact Scholarship

The SAIF Master of Finance (MF) Program is happy to announce the establishment of ten (10) Global Impact Scholarships for international candidates from top universities world-wide, applying for the 2-year, full-time MF program for matriculation in the fall of 2016. Either full or half international tuition (USD 31,000 total for 2 years) scholarships will be awarded. The outstanding candidates have chance to be recommended by the MF program to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship, which includes tuition waiver and a monthly stipend (RMB1,700 or USD280 /month) as well as free accommodation.


  1. Candidates must NOT be a citizen of China (including the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) at the time of application.
  2. Candidates must have a Bachelor degree, with a GPA ranking in the top 50% of the undergraduate institution.
  3. Applicants must submit a complete set of application materials.


  1. Decisions will be made based on the following merits:
  2. Undergraduate academic performance
  3. GMAT/GRE score
  4. Other academic/professional credentials or certifications
  5. Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  6. Future career potential


Step 1: Apply for Admission
Applications for the MF Program must be made electronically by 30 April 2016 via the SAIF MF online application portal.
Application Check-list:

1) A completed online application form

2) (from SAIF MF online application portal at!index.action)

3) Resumes/CV

4) Copy of graduation certificates and official university transcript

5) Two reference letters

6) Photocopy of the information page of your passport

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

Step 2: Apply for the Global Impact scholarship
Once you submit the application online, you should email the SAIF MF program with your school's recommendation letter and specify that you will be applying for the SAIF MF’s Global Impact scholarship.

Step 3: Apply for Chinese Government Scholarship
For the outstanding applicants, we will help you apply for the Chinese Government Special Scholarship before March 1st 2016.

* Please note that the first two steps must be completed before March 1st 2016 if you want to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

RMB 94,000 per year

Application Fee: USD 150 (Non-Refundable)

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirement: Bachelor's Degree

Last updated November 5, 2015
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2 years
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