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FAQs

Two-Year and One-Year Programs

  • Is it recommended that a student take the one year MBA dual degree program or just the MS Finance program?

In general, candidates will receive the greatest benefit from participation in the two-year program as the successful candidate refines his or her general managerial skills along with mastery of the finance curriculum. Some candidates, however, will be prepared to enter directly into the finance specialty. The admissions committee will review and make recommendations for admission to the program and evaluate candidates for the appropriate plan of study.

  • Is part-time enrollment possible?

Yes, it is possible to enroll in the program on a part-time basis. The program is designed so that a candidate may undertake full-time study and complete the finance portion of the curriculum within one year or take the curriculum on a part-time basis and complete the program of study over two or more years.

  • Is an internship required?

For most candidates, an internship will be required. Some candidates, however, have significant and relevant work experience that will permit them to forego the internship.


Critical Dates:

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

The typical student will complete a two-year course of study for the MBA with the second year emphasizing the specialization in finance. Some candidates will have sufficient academic background in finance that will permit them to complete the program within one calendar year. An individual plan of study will be developed for each candidate to meet his or her particular circumstances.

  • May a student begin in any semester?

Ordinarily, students will begin during the fall semester. However, some students may be admitted for the spring semester if they are fulfilling prerequisite deficiencies.

  • When are applications due?

Admissions will be made on a rolling basis. As such, candidates are encouraged to complete their files by March 1 to ensure full consideration.

  • When are financial aid decisions made?

The first round of offers for graduate assistantships and scholarships are made after the offer of admission.


The CFA Designation

  • What is the CFA?

The designation CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst and this is the industry designation for expertise regarding securities, from assessments of risk to interpretation of value. The CFA designation is awarded after the successful candidate passes three levels of testing over an expansive list of topics from ethical practice to general technical knowledge of investment and securities. For more information about the CFA, visit the CFA Institute.

  • Will this program prepare a student to take the CFA exams?

This program of study includes the CFA candidate body of knowledge among its core offerings. The program is designed so that a student may sit for the CFA Level One exam in December of the program and sit for the CFA Level Two exam the following June.

  • Why is the CFA designation desirable?

The CFA is demanded by major employers for senior positions in securities research and investment management. It also can be required for certain financial advisor roles. Even where it is not necessary, it is a prestigious credential that enhances your worth and credibility as a financial professional.

  • What career paths are open to a graduate with the CFA designation?

The combination of the CFA and an MSF opens up possibilities across the financial world. To uncover the breadth of these opportunities, visit the  CFA Institute.

  • I am a candidate in the CFA Program. Will this be considered in admission decisions?

Yes, your current status as a candidate in the CFA Program will be considered in admission decisions. For example, we give preference to applicants who have passed the CFA Level I Exam.

  • Will completion of the program guarantee passing the CFA exams?

The program will prepare the candidate for the CFA exams, but does not guarantee a passing grade. Candidates are expected to sit for their Level One exam at the end of the first full semester in finance specialty. The successful candidate will then be prepared to sit for the Level Two exam immediately following graduation.