CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge
The past two decades have marked a dramatic increase in global financial market volatility.

This trend has spawned a surge in the demand for ethical financial services professionals equipped with specialized skills that make them better prepared to face heightened financial market risks and operational complexities.

The Chartered Financial Analyst® Institute sets professional and ethical standards for financial services professionals worldwide. The CFA grants a globally-recognized professional finance designation that gives CFA charter holders the opportunity to advance in the financial sector.

The Asper Master of Finance (MFin) program uses the CFA Body of Knowledge as its frame of reference.  We worked with the CFA to map over 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into our concentration, in addition to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Our degree prepares you to write all three levels of exams needed to obtain your CFA designation, with a focus on the Level 1 exam.

You also graduate as a highly skilled and sought-after finance professional fully versed in, and committed to upholding, the ethical standards and practices of the financial services sector.

Your expertise will empower you to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for financial assets valuation
  • Assess financial risk and develop proper strategies for controlling this risk
  • Develop appropriate benchmarks for risk compensation
  • Facilitate decision-making based on sound financial modelling
  • Determine whether firm investment and policies create value
  • Apply ethical values consistent with academic integrity and proper professional judgments
  • Engage in applied financial research

“CFA Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of the University of Manitoba.  CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.”

"The Asper School of Business is taking what I believe is a necessary leap toward the future of finance. The high level of knowledge and skill needed to enter, succeed and flourish in this extremely complex field cannot be obtained merely through industry experience. This Master of Finance degree will produce the type of talent our province needs to grow and continue to maintain its competitive edge."

Timothy E. Burt, CFA
Founding President, CEO and CIO
Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.


"As the Chief Investment Officer for Great-West Life’s Canadian operations, I know the importance of hiring and retaining well-qualified investment professionals. With the financial services industry becoming more complex over the past several years, a strong background is essential for those pursuing investment careers. The Asper School's Master of Finance program will be very helpful in preparing students for this growing complexity."

Brian Allison, CFA
Executive Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer
Great-West Life