In 2001, when
"I wanted to be CFO of a private equity company or hedge fund," Codreanu says. "I wasn't sure how long it would take, but I knew it would take a lot of hard work and some luck."
Another obstacle stood in his way: the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Without it, the prospect of achieving his career goals would be that much more daunting. Codreanu credits his Suffolk education for giving him the confidence he needed for the rigorous exam process.
"I was still in the MSF [Master of Science in Finance] program when I signed up for the Level I CFA," Codreanu says. "What I learned at Suffolk was right on--I didn't have to study too much for the exam. It was very fresh after just getting my master's degree."
More than Just the Letters
"It's not just about having the letters after your name. You have to walk the talk," Savage says. "I know the Suffolk [MSF] program will make me better prepared and more well-rounded for the next level of the exam."
The curriculum for Suffolk's BSBA in finance and MSF--closely aligned with the 10 core areas of the CFA--sets up our students to successfully earn the CFA designation.
As a nod to that alignment, both finance programs recently were accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. It's an important designation for business schools that offer a strong foundation of financial knowledge and readiness for a range of relevant careers.
The Boardroom and the Classroom, Minutes Apart
The classroom experience is enhanced by our proximity to the center of
"I got my CFA before my master's, but there was a gap in what I knew," says Kumari. "I wanted real-life experience. Plus, Suffolk's courses were more flexible in nature, and it helped make my decision to enroll here easier."
Get to Where You Want to Be--Faster
Beyond Suffolk's core finance curriculum, a wide range of electives such as real estate, insurance, and investment banking allow students to pursue areas of special interest and expertise. "The curriculum definitely relates. It certainly helps you choose the right career, as well," Kumari says.
No matter what career path you choose, the CFA is just one important milestone on the journey to a career in finance, perhaps one that includes a job as a CFO.
"The [CFA] designation has given me the credibility I needed, and it has played a fundamental role in my career development," says Codreanu, who is now CFO at
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