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The Financial Management graduate degree programs at MET—including the Master of Science in Financial Management, the Master of Science in Financial Management with concentration in International Finance, and the Master of Science in Financial Management with concentration in Investment Analysis—are now part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. The affiliation recognizes that MET’s financial management programs embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) and cover the Standards of Practice Handbook in their curriculum, offering substantive preparation for the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program exams.
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Boston University Metropolitan College Welcomed into CFA Institute University Affiliation Program
Master of Science in Financial Management students taking steps toward career success through preparation for the CFA Program
March 2019—Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. MET’s Master of Science in Financial Management program 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 position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Boston University Metropolitan College’s 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, Boston University Metropolitan College is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
Available in on-campus, online, and blended formats, the Financial Management master’s program provides students with a specialized education in global finance. The MS in Financial Management degree program is designed for students seeking careers in corporate finance, financial management, investments, and multinational finance. Students may choose an optional concentration in International Finance or Investment Analysis. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranking of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) places BU MET’s graduate management degree programs, including the MS in Financial Management, at #11 among 156 business master’s programs nationally—within the top 7 percent—thanks, in no small part, to the outstanding contributions of our faculty.
Taught by faculty who are internationally renowned for their research on issues surrounding global finance, MET’s finance curriculum readies students to meet the demanding standards set by the CFA Institute required to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
According to Irena Vodenska, Associate Professor and director of finance programs at MET, “Our participation in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program conveys a message that our MS in Financial Management prepares students for a successful investment management career and provides the tools to succeed on the Chartered Financial Analyst Program exams. This significantly increases the Financial Management program’s value for our students.”
Through the affiliation, several scholarships for the CFA Program exam are available to MET students enrolled in the MS in Financial Management or either of the master’s degree concentrations. Each student who receives a scholarship will be entitled to a waiver of the CFA Program enrollment fee, as well as the partial waiver of the CFA exam registration fee—resulting in significant savings. Scholarships are granted by the CFA Institute and will be awarded by MET based on academic standing and aptitude for the CFA charter.
“For this affiliation with the CFA Institute, I thank Dr. Vodenska and the faculty committee that was instrumental in the recent, thorough update of the MS in Financial Management program curriculum,” says Dean of Metropolitan College Tanya Zlateva. “MET programs such as the Financial Management degree are continually assessed to ensure that they are aligned with the highest industry standards. As our CFA affiliation confirms, our financial management courses provide our students with the essential knowledge required for success on the rigorous CFA Program exams.”
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 www.cfainstitute.org.
About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University is internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research. With more than 34,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, offering more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs. Collectively, the BU network has more than 377,000 alumni worldwide. Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
About Metropolitan College
As one of Boston University’s 17 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College (MET) has helped broaden the reach of BU for more than half a century, with part-time study during the evening and through innovative online and blended programs. Today, the College hosts more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, along with hundreds of individual courses, that support the academic, professional and intellectual needs of working adults. For more information visit bu.edu/met.
Students enrolled in the Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs programs will have a chance to impact the real world with their academic insight as part of a new program, MetroBridge. Offered through BU’s Initiative on Cities, MetroBridge will allow BU students to make suggestions to nearby communities in need of solutions as part of class.
Read more in BU Today.
Metropolitan College Senior Instructional Designer Fawn Thompson received an Effective Practices Award from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional online learning collaborative devoted the advancement of high-quality, innovative digital educational experiences.
The award recognized Ms. Thompson’s peer review method to course design approaches, an initiative that was adopted by the entire instructional design team in MET’s Office of Distance Education. The method provides MET’s instructional design professionals with an opportunity to meet challenges, improve accessibility, promote collaboration, and expand expertise in online course design.
Ms. Thompson accepted her award at the OLC Innovate Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Read more about the award here.
In a promising development for public relations professionals seeking entry into high-growth health-related fields, Boston University’s Metropolitan College will now waive two required courses in the Master of Science in Health Communication (MSHC) program for admitted students bearing the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential.
With the waiver, which grants accredited MSHC candidates exemptions from Contemporary Public Relations (MET HC 756) and Media Relations for Health Communicators (MET HC 758), students can earn their master’s degree in as few as 14 months and save an estimated 20 percent in projected tuition costs. APR-holding applicants may also forgo the admissions essays normally required and instead submit a brief professional statement. The dispensation comes in recognition of the expertise in strategic communication and ethical standards achieved by those holding the APR.
Boston University’s Metropolitan College is well represented at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as hockey defenseman Matt Gilroy (MET’09) is suiting up for Team USA.
Gilroy, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at MET, earned the 2009 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey after leading the Terriers to the 2008–2009 NCAA championship, and was named to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame last summer.
Read more about Team USA’s BU connections in BU Today.
As the trade of goods throughout the world evolves, thanks to shifting markets and technologies, so too do the professional opportunities. A recent report from MHI/Deloitte surveyed 1,100 supply chain and manufacturing leaders, and 63 percent said the biggest challenge they face is hiring and retaining a skilled workforce able to take advantage of the landscape’s emerging technology. In an interview featured in Fortune magazine, Associate Professor John Sullivan, who serves as chair of the MET Department of Administrative Sciences, expressed his belief that the field only stands to become more essential to the health of enterprises. “Supply chain management in most industries is going to be a critical component to survival, because if you have any disruption in your supply chain, you die,” he said.
Assistant Professor Canan Gunes Corlu, who teaches as part of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management degree program, added that MET’s supply chain curriculum qualifies its graduates to meet these needs. “The commitment is to provide our students with knowledge and skills in the areas of highest demand by the industry,” she said
Read more here.
As the founder, chairman, and CEO of CyberArk, a leading information security firm, Udi Mokady (MET’09) has seen the growth of the cybersecurity industry in recent years. Mr. Mokady charted his company’s rise to prominence, and discussed the impact of his Metropolitan College education, as the keynote speaker of last month’s 2017 Boston University Metropolitan College Distinguished Lecture, The CyberArk Story: From Startup to IPO and Beyond.
Mr. Mokady described how his field has become more prominent since founding his company. “In the information security space at the time, the initial adopters and prospective customers were in the financial services—the banks,” Mokady said of his company’s clientele in its early days. “Fast-forward to 2017, it’s not the case. We see every single vertical that you can think of worry about information security. You’ll find health care, manufacturing, education, telecommunication, and the list goes on,” he explained.
MET provides multiple avenues to gain entry into the professional field of cybersecurity, including the Master of Criminal Justice with concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, the Master of Science in Computer Science with concentration in Security, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with concentration in Security, and the Master of Science in Telecommunication with concentration in Security. The MS information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems.
Watch a video of Mr. Mokady’s lecture on our website.
A degree from BU can provide a real workplace edge. That’s according to Times Higher Education, whose latest rankings assess Boston University graduates to be the fifth-most employable in the country, and sixth-most employable in the world. Determined through international surveys of management-level recruiters and executives, BU’s placement in the Times Higher Education list was up from last year, when the University was ranked seventh for employability nationally and eleventh internationally.
Read more at BU Today.
On Monday, October 30, BU Today featured a Q&A with Boston University alumnus Ralph H. Groce III (Questrom’82, MET’84), who is senior vice president and chief information officer at Everest Reinsurance and recipient of MET’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. In the Q&A, part of BU Today’s “Jump-start Your Job Search” series, Groce shares valuable career insight and perspective about success and failure. This past May, he also addressed graduating MET students and their families with a galvanizing Convocation speech.
Read the full Q&A in BU Today.
On September 29, 2017, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities welcomed Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, to speak on the topic of Urbanization in Ghana. In a visit facilitated by Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye—Metropolitan College professor and alumnus of the Master of City Planning program—the Ambassador addressed an audience that included students and faculty of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs, discussing sustainable development in rapidly growing urban centers such as Accra and Kumasi.