The chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation is recognized internationally as a sign of integrity and professional excellence in the field of investment management. To be awarded the charter, you must pass a sequence of three rigorous exams, satisfy work experience requirements and demonstrate a high level of personal and professional conduct.
NIU is proud to be a CFA Recognized University. The University Recognition Program indicates that our undergraduate finance curricula is closely tied to professional practice and can help you prepare for the exams.
NIU graduates are eligible to sit for the first of the three examinations. Seniors should consider taking FINA 440, FINA 455 and FINA 460 as electives. They should also consider participating in the Student Managed Portfolio (FINA 445 and 446). These courses will help prepare you for a significant portion of the CFA Level I Examination. Course waivers for full CFA charterholders will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The finance department offers CFA Program Access Scholarships to help offset the first exam’s enrollment and registration fee. Scholarship applications are available in the department office.