The Rady School of Management Master of Finance program was selected to participate in the esteemed Chartered Financial Analyst University Affiliation Program — a program that supports students pursuing degrees in finance through coursework integration, scholarships and networking.
According to Michael Melvin, Executive Director of the Master of Finance program, the CFA designation is held in high esteem in the industry.
“When I was at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company, we recognized that someone with the CFA designation possessed knowledge that set them apart from other job candidates,” he said. “In addition, they were recognized for their diligence and hard work to pass all three levels of the CFA exam. Many of our Master of Finance students pursue a CFA and it is great to now be a University Affiliate.”
Recognized for the program’s commitment to excellence, the Master of Finance program at the Rady School will have the opportunity to work with the CFA Institute to develop relevant and exciting curriculum into the coursework. The designation also provides student scholarships for the CFA exam, exclusive access to all three levels of the CFA Program® eBook curriculum, and access to sample exams for each level of the CFA Program.
In addition to scholarly and financial support, participation in the University Affiliation Program also gives students access to local Institute member societies to support student teams in the annual Research Challenge — an annual, global competition that challenges university students to research and analyze a local, publicly traded company and create a report detailing why they recommend buying, selling or holding the company.
Distinctions from revered organizations reaffirm what makes the Rady School Master of Finance program stand out from other competitive programs. In addition to the cutting edge quantitative finance curriculum, the Master of Finance curriculum offers CFA prep courses to help the students prepare for the Level 1 and Level 2 exams. To gain CFA University Affiliate status, a program must meet high standards with regard to accreditation and curriculum, offering courses that reflect CFA values with regard to ethics and finance topics.