Innovation M.B.A.


Designed for individuals with a finance background, the iMBA-CFA is designed for those seeking the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. The MBA-CFA option provides students with tailored finance courses and CFA Level 1 exam preparation. This iMBA option is offered in partnership with the Philadelphia Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

Unique aspects of the program:

  • The finance curriculum portion of the program is geared specifically to the Level 1 CFA exam.
  • CFA review is provided as a complete package by the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia. Students will sit for the CFA exam within 180 days from graduation.
  • PhilaU provides a scholarship (valued at approximately $4,500) that pays for the following suite of benefits:
    • Membership into the CFA Society of Philadelphia
    • Level 1 CFA Exam Preparatory Course
    • Level 1 CFA Practice/Mock Exam
    • Registration Fees* for the Level 1 CFA Exam (must be taken within 180 days of degree completion)
    • Professional Development provided by the CFA Society of Philadelphia
    • Two CFA Society Networking Luncheons

The Level 1 CFA Exam Preparatory Course occurs in 18 modules over 16 weeks.  The course is offered twice per year:  January – May & August – November.  The Mock Exam is provided at the end of the preparatory course.  The Preparatory Course may be taken either concurrently or upon completion of the iMBA/CFA Concentration Courses.  All benefits are paid to the CFA Society directly from Philadelphia University with the exception of the fees for the Level 1 CFA Exam.  These fees are reimbursed to the student pending submission of receipts indicating the exam was taken.

Curriculum (30-36 total credits)

MBA Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Management Concepts*
  • Marketing Concepts*
  • Managing Innovative People & Teams
  • Business Model Innovation**
  • Competitive Technical Intelligence
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Financial Policy and Planning
  • Operations from a Systems Perspective
  • Strategic Insight & Implementation

CFA/Finance Option (9 credits)

  • Investment & Portfolio Management
  • Speculative Markets
  • Fixed Income Securities


NOTE: This program has been designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in finance. However, students with an undergraduate finance minor or who have completed significant undergraduate finance coursework are encouraged to contact the MBA Office for further advice.

Admission Requirements:
Completed graduate application Official transcripts

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