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CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The University of Arizona Welcomed into CFA Institute University Recognition Program  

Finance students in the undergraduate and master’s finance programs are taking steps to career success through preparation for the CFA Program

Tucson, Arizona, August 16, 2012 — The University of Arizona has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Finance (Master’s in Finance) students have been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. These programs position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that The University of Arizona finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the three levels of CFA examinations. Students in the programs will gain access to CFA Institute textbooks, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources. The Finance Department will be entitled to award five CFA Program Awareness Scholarships to students each year.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which include knowledge, skills, and abilities that investment experts worldwide have identified as essential best practice,” said Stephen Horan, Ph.D., CFA, CIPM, Head, University Relations & Private Wealth. “By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, these future investment professionals join us in our mission to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

The finance major undergraduate program at Eller College of Management awards students a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree after completing a rigorous four-year program. The program consists of two years of non-business and introductory business courses, followed by two years of specialization in finance. Coursework and cases reinforce the finance major core values critical to the success of finance professionals: Communication, Diligence, Responsibility, Critical Thinking, and Technical Proficiency.

Students in the Master’s in Finance, launched in 2000, study for one calendar year in an intense program designed for students just completing their bachelor's degree. The program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of finance, developing the advanced analytical and technical financial skills and tools needed for a career in finance and for informed financial decision-making. The department offers four tracks in the program: Investment Management, Fixed Income, Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance.

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