The University of Vaasa Master’s Degree Programme in Finance welcomed into CFA Institute ...

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Students of the Master’s Degree Programme in Finance taking steps to career success through preparation for the CFA Program.

The University of Vaasa has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. The EPAS accredited Master’s Degree Programme in Finance has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. That means that the program covers the core knowledge, skills, and abilities generally accepted and applied by investment professionals globally.

The obtained affiliation positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

The University of Vaasa is only the fourth Nordic university accepted into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. The other Nordic schools in this program are Aalto University School of Business, BI Norwegian Business School, and Copenhagen Business School.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Finance is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, the University of Vaasa is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year that gives students an opportunity to pay almost a half price for the exam registration, including access to the eBook curriculum.

“The close links of the Master’s Degree Programme in Finance to the highest standards in profession through CFA affiliation will help us to bring highly skilled, ethically-oriented professionals to business world. We are glad that the obtained affiliation provides our students with new opportunities on enhancing their CVs”, says Professor Janne Äijö.

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 160,000 members in 166 countries and territories, including 153,000 CFA charterholders. For more information, visit

About the CFA Program

The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide.  It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program.  Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals. The top employers of CFAs globally include JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Canada, and BlackRock.

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