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Finance degree program at USD earns lofty CFA Institute distinction

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Bachelor of Business Administration Finance degree at the University of South Dakota has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program, one of the most respected and recognized investment credentials in the world.

As a member of the CFA Program, the USD Finance major is required to incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and place emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice into its curriculum. Acceptance into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program allows academic institutions to demonstrate to their peers and to students that their programs are aligned with the CFA Program CBOK, which includes knowledge, skills and abilities that investment experts worldwide have identified as essential best practice.

“Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations,” noted Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., CFA, professor of finance at USD. “Through participation in this program, USD is also eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.”

The USD Beacom School of Business can award up to five CFA Program Awareness Scholarships to students each fiscal year. The CFA Program is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program. For more information about the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, please visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News