CFA Institute University Affiliation Program

CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) university affiliation Program 

Johnson is recognized as a CFA Institute Affiliated University by CFA Institute. This partnership is coordinated through the Parker Center for Investment Research. Recognition as a CFA Institute Affiliated University signals to students, employers, and the marketplace that the Johnson curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. To earn this designation, the school was required to demonstrate that its curriculum currently covers the topics in the CFA's Candidate Body of Knowledge®. Through coursework in the MBA core, immersions, and electives, including the Cayuga Fund class, and a two credit CFA review class offered in both the spring and the fall, students are able to prepare and sit for the CFA Level I, Level II, or Level III examinations.

CFA Institute is the global membership association that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry.

When a candidate for the CFA designation passes all three levels of the examination and meets other work experience and ethical conduct requirements, he/she is awarded the CFA designation. Many research professionals on both the buyside and the sellside are CFA charter holders, and the designation is highly regarded in the profession.

MBA students at the SC Johnson College of Business benefit from the CFA Institute Affiliated University program designation most directly by being eligible for a limited number of scholarships that waive registration fees and a portion of the enrollment fee for the relevant CFA exam. These scholarships will be awarded by the Executive Director of the Parker Center Lakshmi Bhojraj ( For undergraduates and non-Johnson students seeking CFA scholarships, please direct your inquiries to Professor Scott Stewart at  He and other CFA charterholders on the Cornell faculty are able to sponsor additional scholarships for eligible students (please review the CFA Institute website for undergraduate eligibility).   

Interested students should make an appointment to see the Executive Director with any questions and complete a scholarship application form, which can be obtained from Cathy Wetterer, Administrative Assistant, Parker Center, in Sage 235. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email by the Executive Director.  The Executive Director can also advise students on study prep resources that are available at the university.

Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM)® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.