15.S08 | Spring 2020 | Graduate

FinTech: Shaping the Financial World

Instructor Insights

Instructor Insights

Below, Gary Gensler describes various aspects of how he teaches 15.S08 FinTech: Shaping the Financial World.

"We teach a lot more than knowledge, we teach a way of thinking and a way of analysis."
— Prof. Gary Gensler

Curriculum Information


Permission of the instructor is required.

Requirements Satisfied

15.S08 can be applied toward a Master’s in Finance or Master’s in Business Administration, but is not required.


Different versions of 15.S08 Special Seminar in Management are offered several times a year, in the second half of the spring, summer, or fall term or in the January Independent Activities Period.


Grade Breakdown

The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 40% Group research paper
  • 30% Individual write-up
  • 30% Class participation

Student Information


80 registered students, plus 38 registered listeners

Breakdown by Year

Graduate students

Breakdown by Major

A mix of graduate students in Master’s of Finance and MBA programs

Typical Student Background

The finance students in the class tended to be fairly young and computer-savvy; the MBA students were a mix of traditional students, mid-career students, and Sloan Fellows.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

In Class

Met online 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 12 sessions total; mandatory attendance

Out of Class

Outside of class, students completed assigned readings and the individual write-up assignment, and worked in groups on the group research paper.

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2020
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Videos
Lecture Notes
Written Assignments
Instructor Insights