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What Is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)? 

A chartered financial analyst (CFA) is a globally-recognized professional designation given by the CFA Institute, (formerly the AIMR (Association for Investment Management and Research)), that measures and certifies the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas, such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management, and security analysis.

Why is it Important?

Widely considered the apex for professional development in investment management, the CFA designation is valued by employers for roles and functions in every sector of the global finance industry, including portfolio management, analysis, private wealth, and consulting. But the CFA charter also equips professionals with the versatility to take their career paths in different directions. You can read more about the benefits of the CFA deisgnation here.

The Leeds School of Business is an Affiliated University of the CFA

The University Affiliation Program recognizes academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) into their curriculum. Both the Undergraduate Finance Emphasis and MS Finance programs are affilated. The Affiliation program provides scholarships and other benefits. Currently enrolled Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students can apply for scholarships and sit for the exam. Reach out to for more information.