Concentration: Financial Analyst Honors Program

“Even in difficult economic times, we continue to look for candidates with strong quantitative skills and a sound grasp of the fundamental principles of finance. I believe students from this program are better prepared to hit the ground running. I definitely would have participated in this program had it been available when I was a student.”

– Daniel Byrne, ’96, Goldman Sachs

University at Albany President George Philip, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York William Dudley and student Ian Ellis-Jones
Former University at Albany President George Philip applauds a gift from the Financial Analyst Honors Program to President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York William Dudley, who spoke on campus. Student Ian Ellis-Jones ’12 is pictured center.

The Financial Analyst Honors concentration puts superior, motivated students like you on the path to careers at top firms in the financial industry.

Financial analysts…

  • understand financial statements, and use them to evaluate the strength of organizations.
  • sift through information to identify what is most relevant.
  • develop models to estimate the fundamental value of a firm.
  • apply concepts of accounting, economics, statistics, and psychology.
  • make extensive use of modeling tools such as Excel and Bloomberg.

The Financial Analyst Honors Program is the only honors program in the School of Business.
Outstanding performance in course work is a basic requirement, and you must also demonstrate a passion for finance, attention to detail, strong ethics, and professionalism.

Though the Financial Analyst Honors Program is not intended as a CFA® prep course, most graduates are able to pass the Level I examination with modest additional effort.

Focused Preparation for Finance Careers

You will not only complete rigorous finance courses, but will share a fully integrated experience with a small group of highly motivated students with grade point averages of 3.5 or better.

Focused course work and the following additional opportunities position you to excel.
 Robert Matza ’77 speaks to a finance class
Robert Matza ’77, Partner and President, GoldenTree Asset Management, speaks to a finance class. Matza is one of many alumni dedicated to the success of the School of Business and in particular, the students enrolled in the Financial Analyst Honors Program. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and the board of the School of Business Center for Institutional Investment Management.  


  • Frequent contact with Wall Street professionals and leading scholars.
  • Individual finance-focused mentor­ing and career assistance with resumes, interviews, internships, and the job search.
  • Management of an actual stock portfolio with a team of students, alumni, and faculty through the UASBIG student investment group.
  • Development of a senior thesis and presentation to faculty and alumni.
  • Certification in using the Bloomberg terminal for equity and fixed-income analysis.
  • Completion for scholarships to fund the CFA level I exam, and for a variety of awards.
  • Participation in Adirondack Cup and CFA Research Challenge competitions.

Learn more details on the distinctive program features that make this program one of the best ways to enhance your undergraduate business degree and give you an edge in this competitive career.

If you are interested in learning more about how the Financial Analyst Honors Program has jump-started the careers of program alumni, look at the placement results for others who have participated in outstanding undergraduate business degree program.