The Fast Track in Finance program prepares you to succeed in careers requiring analytical thinking and financial acumen.

Depending on your background and performance on assessments designed by Ross, you will progress through relevant courses quickly to enable you to successfully compete for internships requiring these skills.


Curriculum

This highly selective program offers the best of both worlds: you begin finance courses as soon as you start at Ross, while still taking full advantage of the signature aspects of our general management core curriculum. The Fast Track in Finance program has evolved over the past three years to cater to your needs, providing more custom experiences based on your background and qualifications.

There are two tracks in the Fast Track in Finance Program, both of which require you to waive the core financial accounting course (ACC 502).

 

The first track:

Students on this track take two required courses, Advanced Financial Analysis (FIN 513) in Fall A, and then the case-based course, Valuation (FIN 615) in Fall B of the first year.

To qualify for the first track, you need to demonstrate a good understanding of introductory finance concepts and applications through assessments on the beginner’s portion of the summer finance online program.

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The second track:

Students on this track are required to enroll in the case-based course Valuation (FIN 615) in Fall A in order to be part of the Fast Track in Finance Program.

Qualifying for the second track requires a greater mastery of finance by excelling in the comprehensive assessments in the summer finance online program, covering materials for both beginning and advanced learners.

You may then take optional courses like Corporate Financial Policy (FIN 621) in Fall B and Financial Modeling (FIN 575) in Winter A, along with other finance elective courses that are available to all students.

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Beyond the Classroom

At Ross, you learn by doing. We offer many ways for you to gain hands-on experience in business and finance to hone your analytical and financial skills and accelerate your career path:


Career Services

Ross Career Services provides many resources to ensure your success with interview preparation, pursuing internships, and post-graduation employment.  

The FTF program collaborates with Career Services, MBA Program Office, student clubs, and the Alumni Relations Office to sponsor educational and career-related events outside the classroom. Current students in the FTF program secured internship opportunities in a variety of industries and firms including Amazon, Apple, Bain, Barclays, BCG, Citi, JP Morgan, Microsoft, PepsiCo, United Health, and more.

Getting Started

FILL OUT THE FTF INTEREST FORM

Once you have been admitted you will have access to fill out the FTF Interest Form via the Admitted Student Guide. You will need to authenticate using your University of Michigan credentials (i.e., your uniqname prior to @umich.edu and your password). A friend account or a private Gmail account will not work. 

WAIVE OUT OF THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING CORE COURSE

You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Previous experience

  • Or, register for and successfully complete the Accounting Waiver Preparatory Course and Exam. For more information visit the Core Course Waivers page.

EXCEL IN THE REQUIRED FINANCE WORK

The summer finance online program contains materials for both beginners and advanced learners. Students considering Track One should finish assignments associated with Chapters 1 through 4, and Track Two students Chapters 1 through 9. The expected workload is about four weeks for each of the two tracks while those pursuing Track Two are expected to work through the materials at a faster pace. That said, the program is made available for more than two months – starting on June 1 and ending on August 7 – so that students can pace themselves accordingly.

Fast Track in Finance FAQs

What is Fast Track in Finance?

Fast Track in Finance is a Ross initiative designed for MBA students interested in a broad set of careers requiring analytical skills and financial acumen. The primary focus is on fundamental skills required in fields such as business development, consulting and strategy, corporate finance, investment banking, investment management, private equity, and high tech. The goal is to prepare you for summer internship positions at the end of your first year through an accelerated sequence of courses.

Is Fast Track in Finance right for me if I don't have a background in finance?

The renowned financial economist Fischer Black had no formal training in either economics or finance. As long as you have the interest and determination to improve your analytical and financial skills, you are encouraged to sign up for the preparatory work over the summer to assess your readiness to take the accelerated finance core course during the fall A term. You also have to waive the introductory accounting course. Even if you end up taking the non-accelerated curriculum, the preparatory work sets a good foundation for your other coursework.

Is Fast Track in Finance right for me even though I don't plan to pursue a finance career?

Your participation in the fast track doesn't limit your career choices to finance only. While your experience in the fast track may help you lean in favor of a field related to finance, this program is designed for students interested in a broad set of careers that require analytical and financial skills. Also keep in mind that many graduates pursue a field that is different from the anticipated career path before they start the MBA program. Finally, two tracks within the FTF program will create an opportunity for you to either directly take FIN 615 in Fall A or take FIN 513 in Fall A followed by FIN 615 in Fall B.

Why do I have to waive out of the core accounting course?

Accounting is the language of business. Basic knowledge of accounting is very helpful in exposing you to applications of finance, and taking the accounting waiver preparatory course over the summer, if needed (i.e. if ACC 502 is not waived based on previous coursework or professional designation), is beneficial. As a practical matter, waiving out of the core accounting course (ACC 502) creates space during the fall A term of the first-year curriculum for Fast Track students to take the accelerated finance core course (FIN 513, track 1) or enroll in FIN 615 (track 2).

Why do I have to do preparatory work over the summer?

The preparatory work over the summer serves as a boot camp to help you either demonstrate that you are ready to waive the core finance course and take FIN 615 directly (track 2) or bridge the gap between your existing financial knowledge and the minimum required to ensure effective learning in the accelerated finance core course (FIN 513) (track 1) during the fall A term.

What courses are offered in Fast Track in Finance?

Four courses are currently in place for students in the Fast Track: Financial Analysis, FIN 513, in fall A; Valuation, FIN 615, in fall A and fall B; Corporate Financial Policy, FIN 621, in fall B; and Financial Modeling, FIN 575 in winter A.

If I don't enroll in Fast Track in Finance, can I still pursue a career in finance?

Yes. Ross students have secured jobs and established successful careers in finance prior to the establishment of the Fast Track in Finance, and there are many paths towards this goal. Recently, it has been more common for companies to limit full-time hiring to those candidates who have secured internships. In light of this trend, it is more important for students interested in finance-related careers to prepare themselves as soon as they begin at Ross. Fast Track in Finance is one of those ways. That said, among students who obtained internships in the summer of 2015, roughly half of them were not part of the FTF program.