CFAI University Recognition Program - Economics and Finance - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute aims to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. The CFA designation is the most respected and recognised investment management credential in the world.

About the CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The University of Canterbury (UC)’s Bachelor of Commerce major in Finance has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and as placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program.  The programme positions students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Finance, provides students with a strong foundation in corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investment analysis. The program covers a wide variety of challenging topics included in the CFA Exam Level I, Level II and Level III curricula. Students are well prepared and encouraged to sit for the CFA exam Level I by the time they graduate from UC.  Since 2011, most UC-sponsored students passed the CFA Exam Level I on the first try.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the University of Canterbury curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.   Through participation in this programme, the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Canterbury is eligible to award a limited number of scholarships to UC students to take the CFA exam in June and December each year. A call for scholarship applications to take the CFA exam Level I will be announced twice a year. Students will need to prepare for the exam before applying for a scholarship and before a decision can be made. For further information about the CFA exams, please visit the website.

Students with a strong background in Economic, Finance and Accounting are also welcomed to apply to represent UC at the CFAI Investment Research Competition. For further information about the annual competition, please contact Dr Huong Dieu Dang, CFA .

Mapping guide for CFA Exam Level 1 topics

The following mapping guide includes the CFA Exam Level I topics covered within the Bachelor of Commerce major in Finance program.

Quantitative Methods >>

  1. Time Value of Money: FINC201
  2. Probability: STAT101
  3. Probability Distributions and Descriptive Statistics: STAT101
  4. Sampling and Estimation: STAT101
  5. Hypothesis Testing: STAT101
  6. Correlation Analysis and Regression: STAT101


Economics >>

  1. Market Forces of Supply and Demand: ECON104, ECON105
  2. The Firm and Industry Organization: ECON104, ECON105
  3. Measuring National Income and Growth: ECON104, ECON105
  4. Business Cycles: ECON104, ECON105
  5. The Monetary System: ECON104, ECON105
  6. Inflation: ECON104, ECON105
  7. International Trade and Capital Flows: FINC344
  8. Currency Exchange Rates:  FINC344
  9. Monetary and Fiscal Policy: ECON105


Financial Reporting and Analysis >>

  1. Financial Reporting System (IFRS and GAAP): ACCT102, FINC308
  2. Principal Financial Statements: FINC308
  3. Financial Reporting Quality: FINC308
  4. Analysis of Debt: FINC308, FINC316


Corporate Finance >>

  1. Corporate Governance: FINC301
  2. Dividend Policy: FINC301
  3. Capital Investment Decisions: FINC301, FINC302
  4. Business and Financial Risk: FINC201
  5. Long-Term Financial Policy: FINC301
  6. Short-Term Financial Policy: FINC301
  7. Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring: FINC301


Equity Investments >>

  1. Types of Equity Securities and their Characteristics: FINC311
  2. Equity Markets: Characteristics, Institutions, and Benchmarks: FINC203, FINC311
  3. Fundamental Analysis (Sector, Industry, Company) and the Valuation of Individual Equity Securities: FINC311
  4. Equity Market Valuation and Return Analysis: FINC311
  5. Special Applications of Fundamental Analysis (Residual Earnings): FINC311, FINC302


Fixed Income >>

  1. Types of Fixed Income Securities and their Characteristics: FINC201, FINC203, FINC316
  2. Fixed Income Markets: Characteristics, Institutions, and Benchmarks: FINC203, FINC316
  3. Fixed Income Valuation (Sector, Industry, Company) and Return Analysis: FINC306
  4. Term Structure Determination and Yield Spreads: FINC203, FINC316, FINC312
  5. Analysis of Interest Rate Risk: FINC203, FINC316
  6. Analysis of Credit Risk: FINC316


Derivatives >>

  1. Types of Derivative Instruments and their Characteristics: FINC312
  2. Forward Markets and Instruments: FINC203, FINC312
  3. Futures Markets and Instruments: FINC203, FINC312
  4. Options Markets and Instruments: FINC203, FINC312
  5. Swaps Markets and Instruments: FINC203, FINC312
  6. Credit Derivatives Markets and Instruments: FINC316, FINC312


Alternative Investments >>

  1. Types of Alternative Investments and their Characteristics: FINC101
  2. Real Estate: FINC101
  3. Private Equity/Venture Capital: FINC311
  4. Hedge Funds: FINC311
  5. Commodities: FINC312


Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning >>

  1. Portfolio Concepts: FINC311, FINC331
  2. Management of Individual/Family Investor Portfolios: FINC311, FINC331

CFA Examinations and Scholarships

In each (US) academic year the Department of Economics and Finance can nominate five students for the Awareness Scholarships to take the CFA Level 1 exam in either December or June the following year. Applications for the December 2017 round have closed.

What is involved?

If you plan to take the exam level 1 and would like to apply for the tuition waiver scholarship you should email a one-page cover letter and your CV to (subject: CFA exam scholarship application). Your cover letter should address the following two questions:

  • How well have you prepared for the exam? You may include a specific study plan.
  • How would the scholarship and the exam help you achieve your professional goals?

You may include a one-page study plan at the end of your application. Please combine your documents in one (and only one) pdf file. If you submit more than one file, only the first one will be considered.

For information about the scholarships visit

For information about the CFA exam visit