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The faster way to your CFA

Having CFA behind your name is a competitive advantage at every stage of your career.

Ask managers at any investment firm what they look for when hiring and they’re likely to list competence, integrity, and passion. These qualities are notoriously difficult to measure, which is why the CFA is so valuable.

That’s why the Iowa MBA worked to be named a CFA Program Partner in 2009. We’re part of a select group of MBA programs to have this designation.

Alumni Story
Wes Harrington

Pivot from business manager to investment banker

Tippie's finance coursework covers over 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge.

“I’m very proud that I started my CFA at Tippie. Our curriculum is designed to really prepare you for the exam."

That’s how after graduating, Wes Harrington (MBA11) was able to complete all three levels of the exam, and earn an internationally recognized credential for investment and financial professionals.

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Why the CFA?

Recognized from Seattle to Shanghai, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) credential is a mark of distinction, the gold standard by which to measure serious investment professionals.

Those who persevere to earn this credential come out with advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills that keep you ahead of the game all career long.

What does Program Partner mean?

Iowa MBA finance courses cover more than 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The BOK encompasses all three CFA exam levels. Since each level requires more than 250 hours of study, studying for MBA courses and the CFA simultaneously is clearly the way to go.

What Iowa MBAs gain

  • Access to a sample CFA Level I exam just for partner programs. This resource helps prepare you for and get familiar with the CFA exams.
  • Access to the CFA Body of Knowledge. Have the complete set of knowledge required for all three CFA levels at your fingertips.
  • Stay in the know with official CFA Institute publications. We subscribe to the top four publications, with current topics in finance, with access open to all finance students.
  • CFA Institute webcasts and podcasts. CFA webcasts and podcasts on topics like alternative investments, derivatives, and more are valuable classroom teaching tools.

Learn more about the CFA