Resources for Students

If you're planning a career in investment management, you've already heard that enrolling in the CFA® Program and earning the CFA charter can play a key role in your success.

Why CFA Program?

While most MBA programs cover a broad range of topics, the CFA Program focuses specifically on the practical and fundamental investment knowledge you need in today's job market. And because you advance through the program by setting your own study schedule, with no constraints on how many years it may take you to finish the program, you can work full time while earning your charter.

If you aren’t sure the CFA Program is right for you, but are still interested in pursuing a career in finance, you may be interested in the CIPM Program or Investment Foundations Program. Find out which program is right for you.

Women in Investment Management Toolkit

Our Women in Investment Management initiative is an action-oriented approach supported by research linking gender diversity with business performance. You too can effect change:

Download our Women in Investment Management student action card (PDF) and learn more about the Women in Investment Management Initiative.

Applying to Graduate School?

Find out if your university offers waivers for successful completion of all or part of the CFA Program, CIPM Program, and/or Investment Foundations Program. If you don't see your university listed, send your questions or suggestions about educational recognition to university@cfainstitute.org.

CFA Program Scholarships

We have CFA Program scholarships for qualified, full-time students attending a school in our University Affiliation Program or either of our two other affiliation programs.

We also offer a Women’s Scholarship. Learn more about our  CFA Program scholarships.

Explore Our Career Resources

Preparing for a career in the investment industry can be daunting, but we’re here to help. Check out our Career Resources.

Build Your Resume While Still in School

The CFA Institute Research Challenge offers university students the opportunity to compete against their peers in an annual competition that promotes best practices in equity research and presentation skills. Learn more about the Research Challenge.

Which University?

University Affiliation Program participants embed a percentage of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their degree programs. Affiliated Universities and CFA Program Partners are also required to cover the Standards of Practice Handbook which serves as the hallmark of ethics in the CFA Program. Find an Affiliated University, a CFA Program Partner or a Recognized University.

Research Foundation Resources

The CFA Institute Research Foundation sponsors independent research for investors and investment professionals around the world. Here's a sampling of that research:

Cover image of The Industrial Organization of the Global Asset Management Business report 
Asset management business dynamics are complex and diverse, but there are common threads. Learn more in The Industrial Organization of the Global Asset Management Business (November 2015) by Inigo Walter.

Also check out the research discussed in Investment Management: A Science to Teach or an Art to Learn?" (May 2014) by Frank J. Fabozzi, CFA, Sergio M. Focardi, and Caroline Jonas and learn more about the Research Foundation.