Online finance program first in world to gain CFA recognition

Griffith Business School’s online Master of Finance degree is the first online university program in the world to be included in the CFA Institute University Recognition Program.

“This is a major milestone for us and significant industry acknowledgement of the quality of our accelerated online program since it was launched almost 12 months ago,” Program Director, Dr Alexandr Akimov, said.

Griffith’s on-campus Bachelor of Commerce (finance major), Master of Finance and Investments, and Master of Finance programs have previously been incorporated into the prestigious CFA Institute Program.

AAkimov“Our ongoing partnership with the CFA Institute has undoubtedly stood to us,” Dr Akimov said.

“From day one we aimed to deliver a top quality program in the online space and the feedback we have received from the students has confirmed this. They are telling us that the online learning experience is a positive experience, with a high standard of student support.

“The program is built around 16 courses with content and material that comprehensively covers the finance and investment industry.”

Through the University Recognition Program the CFA Institute systematically recognises universities that teach the CFA program curriculum, helping students prepare to sit for the CFA Institute examinations.

These universities incorporate 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and the CFA Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct into the curriculum.

Career options

“This latest CFA acknowledgement for Griffith Business School further enhances the employability of students who enrol in our accelerated 100% online program,” Dr Akimov said.

“Professionals returning to study can complete the degree in two and a half years, opening the door for them to progress their careers in many potential directions.”

The range of career options includes funds management and superannuation, research analytics, corporate finance, financial advisory, alternative investments, risk management, private equity, structured finance, commercial and investment banking.”

Griffith’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics has developed a strong connection with the CFA Institute Sydney Society and Brisbane Chapter since Griffith Business School was the first in Australia to be approved to take part in the prestigious CFA InstituteUniversity Recognition Program in 2013 with regular industry speakers, industry mentoring for CFA Research Challenge and joint events.