McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies Welcomed into CFA Institute University Recognition Program

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Published 27 April at 11:00AM, inArticles


Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 13, 2017 — McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies is the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. The Diploma in Applied 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.  This program provides students with all the necessary information needed to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.   Through participation in this program, McGill’s School of Continuing Studies is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice,” said Neil Govier, CFA, Head of Education, APAC, at CFA Institute. “By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute community dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

“We at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies are extremely gratified to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program” states Dr. Judith Potter, Dean of Continuing Studies. “We recognize the value entry brings to the career development of experienced professionals and commit to ensuring learners are well prepared to obtain the CFA designation.”

“The School of Continuing Studies always strives to stay abreast of the job market and industrytrends. Most individuals are unaware that Montreal is one of the global financial centers of the world” says Dr. Carmen Sicilia, Association Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. “This is a great opportunity for adult learners looking to jump-start or advance their careers. The program’s instructors are CFA practitioners who are as honored at being recognized by the CFA Institution. We will continue to enrich our program and bridge learning with the finance workplace”.


Notes to Editors

About McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies

McGill’s School of Continuing Studies has an international reputation as a leader in continuing education. The main goal of the School is to meet the professional and personal development needs of our rapidly changing society, nationally and internationally, by offering a wide range of programs and courses in-person and online. Look to the McGill’s School of Continuing Studies for excellence in teaching, innovative programs, entrepreneurial approaches to education and enabling learner services.

About CFA Institute CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. 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 over 148,000 members in 158 countries and territories, including 141,000 CFA charterholders, and 147 member societies. 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.

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