College of Business and Economics

Master’s in Finance Earns CFA Institute University Affiliation Program Endorsement

July 13, 2020

Written by Dana Krems | Photo by Nicholas Pook

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Master of Science in Finance has been welcomed into the University Affiliation Program by the CFA® Institute. UW-Whitewater is the first university in the state to receive endorsement of both undergraduate and graduate programs in finance.

This recognition signals that the online master’s program incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Common Body of Knowledge, which is grounded in practice and emphasizes ethical and professional standards. By aligning with the CFA CBOK, the UW-Whitewater MS in Finance positions students to sit for CFA exams and ultimately obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation — the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

“This is a step forward since the Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance was recognized by the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program in 2013,” said Linda Yu, department chair and professor of finance. “With the inclusion of the relatively new master’s program, both undergraduate and graduate students can be confident the finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice.”

Endorsement by the CFA Institute is also a mark of quality and relevance. The CFA Program sets a rigorous standard for the development of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers and other investment professionals worldwide.

The fully online Master of Science in Finance is a 30-credit program providing comprehensive knowledge in the financial sector, with a concentration on corporate finance and investments. Students can complete the program in about two years on a part-time basis. All finance courses are taught by full-time Ph.D. faculty who specialize in finance – including CFA Charterholders. The program is delivered by the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics, the largest AACSB-accredited business school in Wisconsin.