The Analytic Finance Academy

The Analytic Finance Academy

The Analytic Finance Academy (AFA) is an accelerated track within the Finance major composed of smaller classes of highly motivated peers looking for an exceptional Finance education.  As an AFA student, you will have the AFA designation appear on your transcripts, signaling to employers, graduate programs, etc. that you have completed this intensive and rewarding program within the major.

The curriculum begins with three specialized, required Finance courses that, because of the mix of students in the classroom, will be able to cover topics in more depth and incorporate more extensive data analysis.  Following completion of these courses is the opportunity to take at least six, but up to 12, credit hours of Master’s level electives.  In total, AFA students will take at least 12 credit hours of Finance courses that will deliver an educational experience that provides greater depth, breadth, and data analysis than the traditional undergraduate track, all with similarly motivated peers.

All students that are seeking a challenging and enriching Finance education, particularly those planning to work in the more analytical sectors of the Finance industry (e.g., Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, Credit Analysis, etc) are encouraged to apply.  The department wants to emphasize that the AFA is open to all (not just honors students) accomplished and motivated students.

For further information about the AFA, please contact our AFA Director, Dr. Michael Ferguson at michael.ferguson@uc.edu.

Admission to the Academy

  • You must apply for admission to the AFA.
  1. The main criteria for admission to the AFA is overall academic record in the more challenging, technical courses.

  2. You can apply before or after taking Business Finance (if you took FIN3080C, you must have an A or A-).

  3. You must apply before taking any 4000-level FIN courses.
  • Admission options
  1. For those admitted to the college as freshmen prior to Fall 2017 or transfers to the college before Spring 2018, there are two options for admission to the AFA:|

    -  21 credit-hour AFA:  Meet all of the requirements of the AFA (detailed below) and complete the 21 credit-hour Finance major.  This option is not labeled as a sub-plan in Catalyst and thus will not appear on your transcripts.

    -  24 credit-hour AFA:  Meet all of the requirements of the AFA and complete the new 24-credit hour Finance major.  This is labeled as a sub-plan in Catalyst (FIN-AFA) and will appear on your transcripts.

  2. For those admitted to the college as freshmen in Fall 2017 or later and transfers to the college in Spring 2018 or later, you must complete the 24-credit hour Finance major.

  • To apply to the AFA, email the AFA Director - Professor Michael Ferguson.  You need to include:
  1. Name and M number

  2. Which AFA plan

    -  21 credit-hour AFA (AFA not on transcripts)            

    -  24 credit-hour AFA (AFA on transcripts)

  3. Very brief statement of interest in the AFA.
  • Enrollment timeline
  1. We admit students to the AFA on a rolling basis, so you can apply at any time.
  2. Priority Enrollment Timeline (ensures that all enrollment restrictions will be removed from Catalyst)

    Admission for fall or summer semester:  March 1

    Admission for spring semester:  October 1

    Admission after these dates is possible, but will require manual lifting of restrictions in Catalyst

The Academy curriculum/requirements

  • The minimum requirements to complete the AFA track:
    • Receive a B or better in FIN4101 and FIN4111
    • Pass at least six credit hours of FIN50XY courses (you are eligible to take up to 12 hrs)
  • Curriculum
    • FIN3180 AFA Business Finance (instead of the traditional FIN3080C)
      • Open in Catalyst to all LHP/KBS/COE students
      • Open in Catalyst to all students admitted to the 24 credit-hour AFA
      • Open to others by permission of Dr. Ferguson
    • FIN4101 AFA Corporate Finance (instead of the traditional FIN4001)
      • Open in Catalyst to all students admitted to the 24 credit-hour AFA
      • Those in the 21 credit-hour AFA will need to first get permission from the AFA Director
    • FIN4111 AFA Investments (instead of the traditional FIN4011)
      • Open in Catalyst to all students admitted to the 24 credit-hour AFA
      • Those in the 21 credit-hour AFA will need to first get permission from the AFA Director
    • The opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of 7000-level FIN electives (AFA students will actually register for the 50XY analog of the 70XY course since undergrads cannot register for 7000-level courses)
      • Open in Catalyst to all students admitted to the 24 credit-hour AFA
      • Those in the 21 credit-hour AFA will need to first get permission from the AFA Director