Throughout the academic year, courses are offered in one of two formats: 14 week semester courses (typically 3 credit hours per class) or 7 week session courses (typically 2.5 or 1.5 credit hours per class). There are two seven week sessions in each 14 week semester.

All students will be required to complete a three-week intensive pre-term training prior to the start of the fall semester. Once the school year begins for Fisher’s SMF program, most courses will last 7 weeks, allowing you to experience a wider variety of coursework. Typically, SMF students do not take more than 15 credit hours per semester.  However, students may take a maximum of 18 total credit hours per semester if needed.

Students will also be encouraged to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designations and can customize their program of studies to prepare themselves for these examinations.

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CORE CLASSES

Required coursework will give you in-depth training in financial and quantitative analytical skills, develop your teamwork and communication skills, and introduce you to principles of ethical and professional conduct. We have also created an intensive full-semester course to provide you with an expanded focus on financial software applications and excel modeling. This will further enhance your foundational knowledge, as well as your career potential.

ELECTIVES

Our curriculum’s flexibility allows you to select elective coursework that supports a specialization track. You can develop a deeper understanding of a specific area by pursuing a track or take a variety of courses from our wide portfolio of electives to broaden your knowledge. 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES

Throughout the year you will take part in two action-based projects: a core capstone team project in autumn and a Finance Consulting Practicum in spring. These experiences, combined with team projects in several other courses, are designed to spark innovation and sharpen both analytical and soft skills.

Outside of the classroom, you will strengthen your understanding of finance and broaden your professional network through our Applied Finance Speaker Series, and our affiliations with the Columbus CFA Society and Fisher’s Risk Institute and Center for Real Estate. Through these partnerships, you will participate in field trips and case competitions, and engage in an open dialog with seasoned professionals across the University and the community.