Laurier Unveils New Part-time Professional Programs, Game Changer for the Industry

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2015 is another innovative year for the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Two new and unique professional programs are being launched at Laurier’s downtown Toronto MBA campus, the alternate weekend part-time *Master of Finance degree (MFin) and the double degree option, the Master of Business (MBA) with the Master of Finance. These programs allow busy working professionals to attain a world-class education, in the heart of Canada’s financial district, while continuing to work and advance in their career, and maintain a healthy family and social life.

Labeled as a “must-have degree” by the Financial Times, the MFin degree is increasing in popularity. The crucial knowledge that accompanies the degree is essential for someone pursuing a career in investment banking or asset management. Paired with Laurier’s world-renowned MBA, the double degree will equip you with the necessary tools to fast-track your career and see immediate results in the workplace every week.

With a wide-spread reputation for excellence, Laurier is a top choice establishment for pursuing a business degree. As one of less than 5% of the world’s business schools maintaining an AACSB accreditation, Laurier is internationally recognized as one of the best and most prestigious business schools across the globe. According to rankings provided by LinkedIn based on career outcomes of graduates, Wilfrid Laurier was named 2nd for Investment Bankers and 4th for Finance Professionals globally. These programs offer the best of the best, while maintaining a very competitive tuition fee, providing the students with one of the best ROIs in the country.

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The double degree program will begin on April 10th, and the MFin will start in September of 2015. The first four semesters of the MBA/MFin immerse students in the Laurier Integrated Core. This unique curriculum approach covers all areas of business in a cohesive, case-based curriculum. Classes are held on alternating weekends, with no classes in the months of July and August, providing a flexible schedule that allows students to balance a healthy work-study-family balance.

Equipped with plenty of amenities, Laurier’s downtown Toronto Campus is located in the 5-star St. Andrews Conference center. Along with free unlimited Wi-Fi, beautiful views of the city and lake, and an unbeatable location in the heart of the financial district, students are also treated to breakfasts and hot lunches on Saturdays, prepared by the centers Executive Chef. Students have the opportunity to network in a sophisticated space with stunning views and timeless architecture every second weekend. All of these features, as well as all textbooks, case materials, and Graduate Student Association fees, are included in the total tuition cost.

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The MFin program has been accepted into the CFA® Institute University Recognition Program, a status which is granted only to those institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). This provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them to do well on the CFA® exams. As a recognized program, Laurier also provides students with CFA Institute scholarships and prepares students for all three levels of CFA® exams.

“The CFA® designation is considered the gold standard of the investment management field and those who have the credential are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of the investment industry, with many going on to careers as portfolio managers or research analysts at hedge funds and private equity firms.”, according to Business Week.

These premium programs are designed to meet the needs of finance/investment professionals wishing to advance in their careers and compliment their degree with one of the top MBA programs in Canada. With classes occurring every second weekend, the program is flexible and will allow professionals to fit classes into their busy schedules. You will gain exposure to Laurier’s leading finance professors in both programs. Professors who have reputations for both their research and publications, but also sharing their insight to their students in the Laurier contact classroom. Brian Smith, BMO Financial Group Professorship of Entrepreneurial Finance, Andriy Shkillo, Canadian Research Chair in Financial markets and Si Li, Ira Gluskin Fellowship, are only a few of the calibre of Finance professors you can expect to work with at Laurier.

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If you been wanting to advance your career, the Laurier double degree or the Master of Finance are impressive options to consider. Studying at the best business school in Canada, you will join an inspiring league of academics, where you will learn in-depth financial knowledge with highly qualified faculty members, prepare for all three levels of the CFA® examinations, and receive an impressive MBA degree, all while working full time and studying in a very convenient location.

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*Part-time Master of Finance program pending approval